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8 THINGS TO DO IN SANTA CRUZ, CA (MARCH 01 - MARCH 10)

Calla Lily Valley & Garrapata Beach

Calla Lily Valley & Garrapata Beach

late January–late April (best in mid-February–early April) • nature

One of the most picturesque coastal areas in Big Sur

Big Sur Road Trip

Big Sur Road Trip

March–May | September–March • activity

Beautiful coastline, amazing forests, and gorgeous mountains—Big Sur has it all

Oyster Season

Oyster Season

September–April • food

Oysters are consumed in San Francisco and other cities on the California's coast in accordance with “R” myth that determines the oyster season

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals

December–March • nature

These seals with elephant noses roam the ocean searching for food, and go ashore to breed and molt

Surfing

Surfing

October–March (all year round) • activity

Amazing swells, great weather conditions, and various opportunities on dozens of ideal surfing beaches are waiting for you in the Golden State

Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove

all year round • nature

A great sunset spot and one of the best beaches in California

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

mid-December–mid-April (all year) • nature

From North to South, California observes the giant marine creatures migration every year

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

March–October • activity

Nothing can beat the Windy City in terms of wind sports

13 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

out of rangeOctober 16–17, 2021 • event

The size of those pumpkins will blow your mind

Ice Plant Bloom

Ice Plant Bloom

out of rangeMay • nature

One of Pacific Grove's most prominent sights

California Fall Colors

California Fall Colors

out of rangelate September–early November • nature

Admire bronze and amber foliage throughout the Golden State

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

out of rangeSeptember 24–26, 2021 • event

Top names of jazz gather together in one place to share their talent among real fans. Don't miss one of the greatest jazz events in the world!

Surfing

Surfing

out of rangeSeptember–May • activity

Autumn soft offshore breezes create perfect consitions for surfing

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory

out of rangeJune–September • activity

Visit the first permanent mountain top observatory in the world

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

out of rangelate October–January • nature

Thousands of butterflies spend winter in the Santa Cruz sanctuary

Cycling

Cycling

out of rangeApril–October • activity

Picturesque scenery, varied terrain, and gentle weather conditions attract cyclists to the Golden State

Monkey Puzzle Seeds

Monkey Puzzle Seeds

out of rangeSeptember–October • food

Soft starchy seeds have been feeding humans, rodents and birds since Jurassic Period

Fuyu Persimmons

Fuyu Persimmons

out of rangeOctober–November • food

Latins called Fuyu persimmon “the fruit of the gods”

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

out of rangeApril–August • activity

Just choose the right season and the right spot to enjoy your favourite water activity in the Sunny State

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

out of rangeJuly 23–25, 2021 • event

A three-day celebration of garlic and other delicious foods

4th of July in Santa Cruz

4th of July in Santa Cruz

canceledJuly 4 • event

How about celebrating Independence Day in Santa Cruz style?

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