Summertime at Natural Bridges State Park. Rebekah Che on Unsplash

From the Wharf to Wharf Race to live music, Baroque fairs to author events, there’s always something happening in Santa Cruz during the month of July—and for all ages, too!


As we move into the middle of summer, with its endless sunshine, take advantage of the beautiful days and moderate temperatures by getting out and about in Santa Cruz. Here are just some of the exciting events taking place this month!

 

Shakespeare In The Park

Performed by Santa Cruz Shakespeare, a local theater group formed almost a decade ago, Shakespeare In The Park runs from the beginning of July to the end of August. The troupe hosts their event in Audrey Stanley Grove at DeLaveaga Park—a gorgeous outdoor venue surrounded by large trees.


This year, Santa…

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Townsend's Warbler in sitting in a Santa Cruz tree

From tiny rabbits to curious bobcats, Santa Cruz County is home to a number of amazing species. We often don't think too much about the animals in our neighborhood, even though we share the same spaces every day. In fact, many of them are closer to home than we might think!


As much as we love Santa Cruz County for its abundant wildlife, we also prefer that these animals stay outside. Read on for more information about protecting your property from our most favorite critters—so that all of us can enjoy our homes.

Check Your Windows and Doors

If you have a screen in your windows, check for rips or tears where bugs might find their way in. Anyone who has a screen in their windows knows that bugs sometimes get inside your home regardless. You…

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Forest reflections on Loch Lomond Reservoir, Felton during summertime

Those familiar with Santa Cruz County know that the area is much-beloved for a number of reasons—one of them being its scenic beauty! From surfing at the beautiful beaches to hiking in the old-growth forests, there’s so much to see and do outdoors.


Situated near of the communities of Lompico, Felton, and Ben Lomond, tucked into the Santa Cruz Mountains, is Loch Lomond Recreation Area. At 175 acres in size, this natural area encircles a large reservoir, and makes for the perfect day trip for hikers, boaters, and nature lovers alike. Read on to learn more about why Loch Lomond Reservoir is one of Santa Cruz County’s hidden gems!

Dive Into Loch Lomond History

The region surrounding Loch Lomond Recreation Area has a rich history. The first…

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Shelf of used books for sale at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Located in the heart of the city’s downtown is Bookshop Santa Cruz—a 20,000 square foot independent bookstore owned and operated by the Coonerty family, under the direction of Casey Coonerty Protti. It is a favorite of students, tourists, and Santa Cruz residents for its numerous events, great location, and, of course, excellent selection of books.

 

Bookshop Santa Cruz is one of two bookstores remaining in the city. They host a Short Story Contest once per year, as well as run a Consignment Program to support local writers. 

Bookshop Santa Cruz, A History

The store itself first opened in 1966 and, over the years, has become a significant cultural landmark for the city, especially after they officially partnered with The Humanities…

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Wood frames on new construction condo

 

While downtown Santa Cruz is known for its established neighborhoods and historic properties, there are a number of exciting new developments popping up around the city and the county. For those in the market for a new construction condo or detached home, there are a few developments to keep an eye on. 


Amid rising housing costs and increasing requirements for housing goals (as dictated by the state of California), the county has had to make some changes and revise their plan of action. As a result, there are a number of new plans for Santa Cruz County’s undeveloped areas—specifically the communities of Aptos, Soquel, Live Oak, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, and more. 


These developments are highly-anticipated and/or reaching the final…

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Upwards view of thick bamboo trees

Considered by many to be an area hidden gem (although it has been growing in popularity over the last few years), Bamboo Giant Nursery and Gardens is located at 5601 Freedom Boulevard. Tucked away into the hills of Aptos, California, this area can be easily overlooked by passersby. But just down a narrow drive, surrounded by lush trees, is where you’ll find over 15 acres of beautiful gardens.


While yes, the grounds are mainly a nursery, Santa Cruz County residents and visitors alike will enjoy the atmosphere and charm of the bamboo gardens.

How It All Started

Bamboo Giant Nursery and Gardens is a family business (and has been for over 25 years), specializing in a number of different types of bamboo. It’s one of the largest bamboo displays…

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Summer camp kids sitting on a lake pier

Although spring has just started, summertime is just around the corner! Before you know it, the kids will be off from school and the perfect beach weather you’ve been dreaming of will finally be here. But why not plan ahead for the summer? 


There are numerous summer camps—both day and overnight!—around Santa Cruz County for all ages. And with many different themes, like horseback riding and baseball, there’s a program for everyone. Registration for the day camps in Santa Cruz County typically opens in April and May, and spots fill up quickly because of high demand. But for those who haven’t quite decided what they want to do, or are planning for next year, here are some of the exciting day camps around Santa Cruz County that the kids are sure to…

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Street sign of Pacific Avenue and Soquel Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, CA

If there’s one thing Santa Cruz is known for, it's the beautiful shoreline and unparalleled ocean views. With the area’s most recognizable landmarks including the Santa Cruz Wharf and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the waterfront includes high-flying rides, exciting games, and so much more. 


And when you’re feeling hungry, you don’t want to miss the excellent dining options in and around Santa Cruz, either! Using fresh, delicious ingredients, such as crab and salmon, here are our picks for five must-try seafood restaurants in the area.

 

Poké House

1543 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

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Cities all across the country are waking up to excellent Hawaiian cuisine, and Santa Cruz is no different. Poké House…

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Field of wildflowers and Santa Cruz mountains in background

The city of Scotts Valley, California is known for its excellent location; the perfect option for commuting professionals (either south to Santa Cruz or north to Silicon Valley) and families. Scotts Valley neighborhoods tend to preserve the beautiful, natural features of the area, and as a result offer homebuyers a slice of the forest lifestyle. 


There are a number of Scotts Valley communities to choose from—but which one is best for you? We outline five of Scotts Valley’s most exclusive neighborhoods below.

Granite Creek Estates

Looking for luxury? Your search ends here. Granite Creek Estates are found at the end of Granite Creek Road, east of Scotts Valley Drive. This quiet neighborhood is home to sprawling houses on the area’s hillside,…

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Little brown rabbit with basket of eggs

From Easter egg hunts to exciting, local markets, there’s so much fun and excitement happening this April in Santa Cruz County! Consider getting out and exploring what this gorgeous area has to offer with the numerous events this month. These events can be enjoyed by those of all ages, at price points that range from free and up.

 

If you're searching for something to do either during the week or on the weekend this April, then we have you covered. Here are some of the events that we're most excited for.

Easter Egg Hunts & Events

Hop to it! In a category all by themselves are the Easter egg hunts around Santa Cruz County. While there are several local Easter events that the little ones will love, one of the largest and most popular is…

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