Monday, September 7, 2015

Santa Cruz Highlights

I like to travel even when the husband isn't around. So, when a friend suggested Santa Cruz, CA for Labor Day, I quickly agreed to the trip! It's not the first time I've been to Santa Cruz so it's not a new adventure but it is the first time I've been with my friend (who grew up in the area), so there will be new things to experience.

Agreeing to this trip made me think back on my first trip to Santa Cruz. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things from that trip. I'll come back in a week or two to share from today's trip. I think it'll be fun to compare the two trips!

Santa Cruz is known for it's beaches. In fact, when someone mentions Santa Cruz, my first thought is "the beach." I used to associate it with the beach even before I went to visit. I found it interesting that the beach here looks just like it does in movies and tv shows that feature California beaches.

Santa Cruz is also known for its boardwalk. All summer long, I heard about Santa Cruz and how great the beach boardwalk is on the radio. It was cool seeing all of the colors and sights of the boardwalk. We didn't ride any rides but I did enjoy an ice cream cone as we walked!

I actually preferred the hidden beaches we found on our journey over the tourist trap that the beach near the boardwalk seemed to be. I loved the natural beauty that came with the ones off the beaten path.

We also went to visit the lighthouse of the area. There was a sign near hear honoring the many surfers who have lost their lives to the waves. That's another thing Santa Cruz is known for - their surfer history.

Further down the beach is also a monument honoring the surfer culture of the area. We made sure to walk down in order to take a picture since we somehow missed it on our drive along the beach.

Natural landmarks and cool rock formations were plenty in Santa Cruz. I enjoyed looking at this natural bridge that was just off shore. Sea lions could be seen on many of these rock formations throughout the water.

I enjoyed the views and getting to enjoy the sea air. We even found a tall rock outcropping where we could watch the surfers from afar. It was amazing!

The beauty of Santa Cruz didn't stop with the natural wonders. It extended to the beach as well, where Santa Cruz Sand carves incredible art into the sand. I can't wait to see what he's working on for Labor Day!

Seriously, this guy had some incredible art and it was all made from wet sand! Take a moment while you're on Facebook to look him up. I promise you won't be disappointed!

We also encountered the normal California wildlife while we were in Santa Cruz. This perky little seagull posed beautifully for his close up shot. I'm not a huge seagull fan but I did enjoy how nicely he posed for me!

We also came across the classic sea lion that the bay area is well-known for. These guys were grouped together right along the boardwalk. I couldn't believe how close they were!

And one last gorgeous photo of the waves that make this place so unique! I enjoyed watching the water beat against the rocks, sending sprays of water into the air like this one!


  1. Sounds like an awesome place to visit! I'll have to add it to my list!

  2. I love exploring new places in California and I really miss the boardwalks from the East Coast beaches so I'll definitely need to check out Santa Cruz! Thanks for linking up with Travel Tales!