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The Best Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz

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Outdoor Santa Cruz

Dolphin / Whale Watching
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
4.6
The Stagnaro family has been serving the Santa Cruz area for over a century, ever since Italian patriarch Cottardo Stagnaro settled in Santa
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching , Moss Landing
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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Embark on a 4-hour whale watching tour. All trips are narrated by a naturalist or marine biologist guide, who will also spend one on one time with guests while on deck. Professional photographers are often sent to capture the spectacular sights seen from on board and are available to offer tips for your own photography.
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Blue Ocean Whale Watch , Moss Landing
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Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
Surf School Santa Cruz , Santa Cruz
5.0
Welcome to Surf School Santa Cruz, the best-rated surf school on the West Coast! We accept students of all ages and skill levels and guarante

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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Most of the accommodations in Santa Cruz occupy a place near the beach and boardwalk. Inns and bed and breakfasts make up most of the selection here, but you'll also find a few motels and hotels sprinkled in. You might consider staying in one of the inns or bed and breakfasts located inside some of the Victorian houses downtown, which lies just to the north. A number of budget motels line both San Lorenzo Boulevard, which is just across Carbonara Creek from the main tourist area by the beach, and Ocean Street a little farther north.
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