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Posts Tagged ‘Santa Cruz California Beach’

Celebrating Labor Day USA

Posted by Jody on September 1, 2014

Celebrating Labor Day

Celebrating Labor Day

“The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.”

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea


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Santa Cruz-a-palooza (Part 4: The Surfers)

Posted by Jody on June 3, 2013

Surf’s Up!  ~Early May in Santa Cruz on California’s Central Coast~

On our last day in Santa Cruz, Greg and I were thrilled to catch the surfers off of Cowell Beach. The water near the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum was teeming with wet-suited folks just waiting for the perfect wave. As we stood at the railing happily watching the action, I noticed more surfers quickly running toward the picturesque cliffs to enter the water. Not knowing if this was their usual routine, I wondered whether this was an especially good morning for surfing in Santa Cruz. You can see in the photo collage that we caught sight of one of the younger surfers jumping into the ocean from the unstable cliff edge. Most of the surfers just scrambled down the precarious bluff to the water’s edge to (safely?) enter the surf.

Wouldn’t the Beach Boys be proud?  ♬Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world!♫

Surfing history in Santa Cruz, California:

“History records that surfboard riding first began in the Hawaiian Islands hundreds of years ago. It took until the late 1800’s and early 1900’s before it was introduced to the U.S. Mainland, mostly along the southern coast of California. Surfing became known in the Santa Cruz area when a few young men from the beaches of southern California migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area to seek jobs or to attend college. They already knew how to surf and brought their boards with them. Soon they discovered the beaches of Monterey Bay and the outstanding surf breaking across the outer reefs and sandbars at Cowell’s Beach.”

Source: Hal Goody, History of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club,  Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Additional links:

Surfing Santa Cruz

Riders of the Sea Spray

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

Friction in Santa Cruz waters: Paddle boarders, surfers battle


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Just Say No…

Posted by Jody on May 20, 2013

Enough said

A Simple Solution


Save Our

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Santa Cruz-a-palooza (Part 2: The Main Beach)

Posted by Jody on May 11, 2013

~Last week on beautiful Main Beach/Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz on California’s Central Coast~

Helpful link~ City of Santa Cruz: Main Beach and Cowell Beach


Can you believe that this week’s Travel Theme is Beaches? I just pushed the “Easy” button! 😉

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Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California

Posted by Jody on August 20, 2012

Today’s Featured Writer: Audrey Dautenhahn

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California (Photo: Audrey Dautenhahn)

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California

Upon arrival, I had to restrain myself from running down the sandy hill and jumping in the water. The water was so deliciously blue! On the far left of the beach is a natural bridge, and waves crash around the stone formation with white frothy force, letting off that fantastic roar that only the ocean can generate. (The waves are also accompanied by squeals of delight from fleeing children and the caws of hungry seagulls.)

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California (Photo: Audrey Dautenhahn)

My family laid out towels and dug into our picnic lunch, careful to make sure the waiting seagulls didn’t steal any. Once my hungry two-year-old’s stomach was appeased, we headed to the water. I performed my ritual beach dance, which involves sticking my feet into the waves, then jumping back out and burying my feet in the sand since the water is so cold. It was wonderful, and several other people joined me.

Natural Bridges State Beach (Photo: Audrey Dautenhahn)

We had heard rumors that this beach is usually crowded, but while there were families picnicking and couples sunbathing, there was also plenty of open area and room to walk in the wet sand. This beach isn’t great for swimming, but since the water’s temperatures discourage that anyway, it was no problem for me. The weather was perfect―hot enough to compliment the icy water, but not so hot that we felt uncomfortable. There is a lovely viewing area up above the beach where we took in a better view of the natural bridge, and close by is a Monarch Butterfly preserve. Unfortunately, we came at the wrong time of year to see the butterflies, but I look forward to visiting again this fall.

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California (Photo: Audrey Dautenhahn)

As if our trip couldn’t get any better, when we left the beach, we discovered nearby Java Bob’s Coffee Roasting. As serious fans of the coffee bean, we were excited to pick up a couple of Java Bob’s blends. (In case you’re curious, we can recommend both the Guatemala Dark and the Dr. Tom’s decaf blends.) Java Bob carries a huge selection of coffee types, so any coffee drinker should be able to find something they’ll enjoy.

Overall, our trip was lovely, and my family will definitely be making more visits to this particular beach.

Photo by Audrey Dautenhahn

Check out this helpful link for more information on Natural Bridges State Beach, California Department of Parks and Recreation. And for additional information on the beaches of Santa Cruz, you may want to read “Empty Beaches” of Santa Cruz, California.

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