Kites at Waddell Beach in Davenport, California


It might not be summer just yet, but warmer weather is just around the corner, and that means fun at the beach!

Though not as popular as traditional surfing—a sport that Santa Cruz is proudly world-famous for—windsurfing and kitesurfing are alternative sports enjoyed by many across the county. But before you get your gear together and set out onto the water, there are a few things to be aware of and consider. 

Both windsurfing and kitesurfing have seen some dips in popularity over the years, as many choose to start with traditional surfing or other water activities. Additionally, Santa Cruz’s conditions are not always beginner-friendly—another reason why people might be reluctant to try, or take their board up north to gentler waters.…

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Man hitting a golf ball on a golf course. Photo by Peter Drew on Unsplash


Located off of Graham Hill Road, in the beautiful hills north of Santa Cruz, Pasatiempo is a desirable luxury community with a lot to offer. 

Primarily known for its highly-rated golf course, Pasatiempo (Spanish: “Pastime") is classified as a census-designated place with a population of around 1,300 people—a number which has remained quite steady in the past decade. For those seeking a peaceful alternative to the upbeat city of Santa Cruz, Pasatiemo offers that luxury and more.

Private Lifestyle

Three miles north of the Santa Cruz downtown (about a 10-minute drive, traffic depending) is the private community of Pasatiempo. Offering unrivaled privacy, most of the homes in this area are found behind a gated entrance with surveillance.…

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Silhouettes of people walking along Santa Cruz beach during sunset. Photo by Chris Leipelt on Unsplash

You’ve heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” For Santa Cruz residents, however, the rain might just be getting to be a bit too much. Despite the weather recently, it’s always a great idea to get out and explore what the city has to offer.

This month, there are a multitude of outdoor—and indoor, for those really rainy days!—events being hosted in the downtown area, for a range of different interests. From cycling through the city to story time for kids, there’s so much happening this April in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Earth Day

April 22nd is officially Earth Day, an event that seeks to generate awareness regarding climate change, sustainability, energy, and more, usually culminating in an hour-long blackout. As this falls on a…

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