11 Things to do in Capitola, California (From a Local)

Things to do in Capitola, California

From someone who grew up next to its colorful and sandy shores, these are the best things to do in Capitola, California. Only about 70 miles south of San Francisco, Capitola is a tucked-away seaside gem in Santa Cruz County. If you think the city of Santa Cruz is a cute beach town, Capitola is … Read more

12 Best Beaches in Santa Cruz, California (From a Local)

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A local’s guide to the best beaches in Santa Cruz, California, from the hidden to the most popular. Growing up in Santa Cruz, many of my earliest memories involved birthday parties, bonfires, volleyball conditioning, and sunsets on the beaches in Santa Cruz. I guess it’s to be expected if you grow up in a beach … Read more

12 Best Santa Cruz Hikes (From a Local Who Grew Up Hiking Them)

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From redwoods to coastal views, these are the best Santa Cruz hikes from a local who grew up hiking them.  There’s a lot to love about Santa Cruz but perhaps one of the biggest draws to this coastal town is just how much nature there is to explore within the county.  As someone who grew … Read more

Santa Cruz Wineries Guide: Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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A full guide to the most beautiful Santa Cruz wineries and how to get the most out of wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains. When you think of California wine regions, your first thought is probably Napa or Sonoma, but one of the most underrated wine regions in the state is actually nestled right … Read more

Pinnacles National Park Guide (What to Know Before You Go)

Pinnacles National Park guide

Your guide to Pinnacles National Park, including what to see, which trails to hike, and what to know before you go. When I first planned a visit to Pinnacles National Park, I’m not sure what I was expecting. Mostly, I thought it would be a dry, almost desert-like landscape with spiraling red-tan pinnacles. Maybe it … Read more