A photo essay through Santa Cruz

It’s no surprise that I love a little beachside town called Santa Cruz.

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First of all, it’s where I grew up. Secondly, it’s a super laid back, chilled out, and beautiful place to explore – could it fit my personality any better?

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A couple of years ago I wrote this post on 6 free things to do in Santa Cruz, CA, and I wanted to revisit my love for my hometown on here.

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I recently went back for a visit to Santa Cruz (to my mother’s glee) after a long time abroad, and it was exactly what I needed after traveling on the road for awhile. I just bought a plane ticket today for another visit in mid-July, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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The two things I love most about Santa Cruz are the redwoods and the ocean (and how close they are to each other), so I wanted to highlight those two aspects while I take you through my hometown.

The Ocean

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The Redwoods

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Do you have a favorite? Or do you love both as much as I do?

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Mimi founded The Atlas Heart to create a community of travelers inspired to see the world. The Atlas Heart is a space where you'll find anecdotes on slow travel, craft beer, outdoor adventures, and all the eccentric bits in between that this world has to offer.
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