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.

Related: 101 Things to do inSanta Cruz (From a Local)


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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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2 thoughts on “A photo essay through Santa Cruz”

  1. Personally I loved the Redwoods the most though it’s certainly a difficult choice as there are some amazing beaches! However, hiking through those enormous trees was a highlight of my time travelling up the west coast of the USA!

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