Romance in Santa Cruz

Couples searching for a romantic getaway can look no further than Santa Cruz County, where every beach provides the ultimate setting for a glorious sunset and opportunities abound to reenergize and relax.

Day 1
Stroll antique shops in Soquel Village, which feature everything heirloom jewelry to early American Furniture. Go seaside and opt for a couple’s surfing lesson or a sunset kayak paddle with the Kayak Connection  on Monterey Bay. Visit a surf city tasting room , where an intimate experience awaits. The winemaker regularly pours wine in the tasting room on the weekends, enabling visitors to have a one-on-one experience with local winemakers. Pack a picnic and find a spot on a beach blanket at Manresa State Beach in south county, where the crowds are fewer and the sunsets are glorious.

Day 2
Sleep in and start the day with brunch and a view of Monterey Bay at the Crow's Nest . Enjoy the romance of the Monterey Bay with a kayaking excursion . Take a self-guided wine tasting tour through Corralitos , a wine trail draped with vineyards. Visit the north coast and stroll the beach in search of colorful sea glass washed ashore. Treat yourselves to an elegant dinner at Soif Restaurant , a cozy romantic bistro in Downtown Santa Cruz. Have some extra energy? A myriad of entertainment choices await at local nightclubs, where you can dance the night away or sit back and listen to the smooth sounds of jazz .

Day 3
Explore scenic West Cliff Drive to Natural Bridges State Beach and relax on the sand. Indulge in a spa treatment at one of the many spas throughout the county. Opt for a couples massage, hot stone therapy or take a soak for two in a hot tub, there the ultimate elixir is relaxation. Get inspired from amazing art such as the Artisans Gallery , or take in the self-guided public art tour of Downtown Santa Cruz.