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What to Pack for A Central Coast Winter

What to Pack for A Central Coast Winter October 31, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
When it comes to winter weather around the Monterey Bay, there’s usually one word that sums it up: wet. December, January, and February are when we see the most precipitation, but meteorologists expect January and February to be particularly wet this winter. A surfer shreds the winter waves during...

Carmel in just $50

Carmel in just $50 August 30, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Times are tight and many of us are squeezing the most out of the dollars that we spend. Carmel might be your last choice of a place to visit when you’re trying the whole “being frugal thing,” but it is possible to have an abundant day in arguably the most pricey city on the Central...

Handling Emergencies and Staying Safe in Santa Cruz, CA

Handling Emergencies and Staying Safe in Santa Cruz, CA August 26, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
It’s every traveler’s worst fear: something goes seriously wrong on your trip. We can handle the tiny bumps and incoveniences that come with any getaway, but every so often something goes so awry that we need real, reliable, and professional help to make things right. Santa Cruz is a dream...

One Day in Santa Cruz

One Day in Santa Cruz August 19, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Start with a morning walk on the beach. I cannot think of a better way to invigorate the senses then to go for a stroll on Seabright Beach or at Natural Bridges. While the morning fog may not have rolled Start the day with a morning stroll at Natural Bridges. back by the time feet have sunk in the sand...

Best Santa Cruz Road Trips

Best Santa Cruz Road Trips June 27, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
We all get a little cabin fever sometimes, an itch to hit the road and escape for a while. One of the perks of living in Santa Cruz is the town’s convenient proximity to tantalizing places. Here’s a rundown of the best road trips to take if you’re looking to get out of Santa Cruz County,...

Monterey Bay’s Best Beaches

Monterey Bay’s Best Beaches June 23, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Yahoo Travel recently ranked Santa Cruz as one of America’s great beach towns, making it the only city in California to make the cut. The main reason Yahoo gave for singling out Santa Cruz is its 29 miles of coastline. However, the entire crescent-shaped Monterey Bay has some of the most beautiful...

Free Summer Concerts on the Monterey Bay

Free Summer Concerts on the Monterey Bay June 23, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
There are tons of great shows lined up for the summer months on the Monterey Bay. But if you’re on a tight travel budget, attending a free summer concert is the way to get your boogie on without breaking the bank. Free Friday Night Bands at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s...

Coffee Coffee Everywhere, but Where to Drink in Santa Cruz?

Coffee Coffee Everywhere, but Where to Drink in Santa Cruz? May 31, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
University students, harried professors, aspiring poets, yogis, environmentalists, and people who simply like to share their ideas all rely on one thing to wake up and sustain their infectious energy: caffeine. Santa Cruz runs on coffee, and tea, for that matter and is home to a plethora of locally owned,...

Capitola Charms In Spite of Flood Damage

Capitola Charms In Spite of Flood Damage May 28, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Flash floods in late March wreaked havoc on Capitola village. Many shops are still shut down due to damage and the residents of this quiescent town are patiently repairing their businesses, offices, and homes. By pure chance I found myself walking into downtown Capitola a few days ago, and while the...

Middle Eastern Munchies

Middle Eastern Munchies May 19, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
On a recent Monday, I was working away at the Santa Cruz Roasting Co., trying to be productive but my mind wondering to the trickling rain on the window panes. It was 6 o’clock before I knew it, and I realized I hadn’t eaten all day. Where to eat? What was I in the mood for? Gyros. Specifically,...