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Santa Cruz - Outdoor Activities

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Ranked #1 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches; Geologic Formations; State Parks
Owner description: A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly... more » Owner description: A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a bicycle path around the perimeter of the park. « less
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Ranked #2 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Surfing & windsurfing
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Ranked #3 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches
Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
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Ranked #4 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Kayaking & canoeing
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Ranked #5 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Surfing & windsurfing
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Ranked #6 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches
This windy beach is good for hang-gliding and wind-surfing.
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Ranked #7 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Beaches; Amusement/ Theme Parks
This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
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Ranked #8 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Gear rentals; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: SUP SHACK - conveniently located just outside the Crow's Nest at the main boat launch ramp. We launch our boards right at the... more » Owner description: SUP SHACK - conveniently located just outside the Crow's Nest at the main boat launch ramp. We launch our boards right at the Santa Cruz Harbor with the best access to the Pacific Ocean. Offer lessons daily. Learn new to stand up paddle with our PSUPA trained instructors. SUP Board sales starting at $650, Paddles starting at $99 « less
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Ranked #9 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Golf Courses; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Spanish for "passing of time," this delightful 18-hole golf course overlooks scenic Monterey Bay providing both beauty and... more » Owner description: Spanish for "passing of time," this delightful 18-hole golf course overlooks scenic Monterey Bay providing both beauty and challenge to amateur and pro golfers alike. « less
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Ranked #10 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches

Pleasure Point is a great area!  Enjoy bringing the dog to the "Dog Park" or "Dirt Farm" as the locals sometime call it.  Best time is to go is in the morning around 8:30am and... more »

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Ranked #11 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Sports Camps/ Clinics; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Adventure Out is California's premiere outdoor school specializing in surf camps, rock climbing classes, backpacking trips,... more » Owner description: Adventure Out is California's premiere outdoor school specializing in surf camps, rock climbing classes, backpacking trips, mountain biking, and wilderness survival skills instruction. Our mission is to share decades of wilderness experience while achieving our wildest adventures in the outdoors. In addition to insuring that our students enter the oceans and wilderness areas both safely and responsibly, Adventure Out strives to instill a sense of environmental stewardship. As a member of 1% For The Planet, Adventure Out donates a portion of gross revenues to environmental conservation. Thank you for visiting us - we look forward to adventuring with you! « less
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Ranked #12 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Gear rentals; Outdoor Activities
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Ranked #13 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Water sports
Owner description: Covewater Paddle Surf is the only fully dedicated stand up paddleboard (SUP) shop in Northern California; providing the best... more » Owner description: Covewater Paddle Surf is the only fully dedicated stand up paddleboard (SUP) shop in Northern California; providing the best in stand up paddleboard equipment, accessories, classes and rentals is our sole focus. We have a huge selection of SUPs available to rent- $25 for the entire day on weekdays, $30 on weekends. « less
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Ranked #14 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches
One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
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Ranked #15 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Golf Courses; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: DeLaveaga Golf Course is perched atop the hills surrounding Santa Cruz, California, providing championship caliber golf and... more » Owner description: DeLaveaga Golf Course is perched atop the hills surrounding Santa Cruz, California, providing championship caliber golf and excellent service to residents and visitors alike. As one of the top ranked public courses in California, DeLaveaga combines striking natural beauty with a challenging and thoughtful course design featuring tree lined fairways, deep canyons, and infamous 10th hole. This beautiful facility offers a full service Golf Shop, a two story lighted driving range and an award-winning restaurant. Open daily from sunrise to sunset. « less
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Ranked #16 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #17 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz
Category: Surfing & windsurfing
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Category: Surfing & windsurfing
Owner description: Santa Cruz Surf Academy offers exceptional surf lessons in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. Check out our website for more... more » Owner description: Santa Cruz Surf Academy offers exceptional surf lessons in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. Check out our website for more details and let Ron show you the waves! « less
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Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: MEGA-BITE is our 6-pack charter boat located in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and we fish in Monterey Bay. We provide all types... more » Owner description: MEGA-BITE is our 6-pack charter boat located in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and we fish in Monterey Bay. We provide all types of charters aboard our spacious 32 foot Sport Sedan. If you're looking for ocean fishing for salmon, halibut, lingcod, white seabass, tuna and rockcod or sanctuary sightseeing, on the water picnics, marine and wildlife eco-tours, we are your best choice in Santa Cruz. « less
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