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Fall into the Cruz
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THE BEST SEASON
for wildlife watching in Santa Cruz County is just ahead, so get ready! Go take a hike in one of our amazing parks, or relax while admiring thousands of Monarch butterflies fluttering around in a grove of eucalyptus trees at Natural Bridges! Make sure not to miss small aquatic friends while tide pooling at our beautiful beaches. And if you are into slightly bigger adventures – try to spot gray or humpback whales on a whale watching tour out in the Monterey Bay, or pay a visit to the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park! For more ideas this fall and winter, also on land, check out the things to do in Santa Cruz County!

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Winter Events
upcoming events

 

WEEKENDS THROUGH
JANUARY 15, 2015
Tours of the Monarch Butterfly Grove

DECEMBER 7, 2014
Jingle Shells Art & Craft Festival

DECEMBER 11, 2014
2014 Winterfest

DECEMBER 13-14, 2014
Holiday Tree Walk

DECEMBER 31, 2014
New Year's Eve's Eve Party

 
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  Travel Guide  
     
 

 

 

plan your vacation

Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley

Mountain retreat setting just 15 minutes from the Silicon Valley and 10 minutes to the Beach and Boardwalk. Free parking and high speed internet.
888.445.3010
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pajaro dunesPajaro Dunes Resort
Unique beachfront rental homes and condos located along the beautiful Monterey Bay. Off-season specials!
800.564.1771
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Best Western CapitolaBest Western Plus Capitola By-The-Sea Inn & Suites
Award-winning hotel near the Beach Boardwalk, quaint Capitola Village, Pleasure Point, surfing and more. 800.621.8115
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Hotel Paradox
Hotel Paradox

Escape from the ordinary, and save 15% this season at the new Hotel Paradox in Downtown Santa Cruz. SAVE15%NOW!
855.425.7200
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Seascape ResortSeascape Beach Resort Monterey Bay
Located nine miles south of Santa Cruz in Aptos, the resort is set on 45 acres of breathtaking coastal bluffs.
800.929.7727
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Wine tasting
Wildlife Adventures

One of the most exciting reasons to visit Santa Cruz County is to see wildlife, from monarch butterflies to sea anemones to whales.
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