Things To Do In Santa Cruz

One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz (53% Off)

CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Learn foundational CrossFit weightlifting, gymnastics, and sprinting skills in a positive and encouraging environment with a certified coach

$125 $59

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Weight-Loss Plan or One- or Three-Month Chinese Medicine Program at Optimal Health and Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Optimal Health and Fitness

Optimal Health & Fitness

Comprehensive plan helps achieve weight loss via coaching sessions and body measurements; traditional Chinese techniques enhance wellness

$760 $149

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One-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Up to 56% Off)

SUP Shack

Eastside

Instructors lead students through basic core-strengthening maneuvers and rent out fast, versatile boards

$20 $10

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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$106 for a PADI Open-Water Scuba-Certification from Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel ($424 Value)

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Twin Lakes

After hours of practice in pool and in Monterey Bay's open waters, receive PADI open-water certification and celebrate with barbecue party

$424 $106

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One Month of Unlimited Adult or Kids' Martial-Arts Lessons at Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 74% Off)

Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Santa Cruz

Adults or kids learn practical self-defense skills while building strength, endurance, and discipline in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes

$135 $35

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One or Three Months of Strength and Conditioning Training at Santa Cruz Strength (Up to 64% Off)

Santa Cruz Strength

Central Santa Cruz

Strength and conditioning training helps clients of all ages and skill levels gain muscle, lose fat, and increase endurance and flexibility

$140 $56

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$30 for $60 Worth of Martial Arts at To The Point Martial Arts

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Westside

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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$55 for $100 Worth of Wildlife Watching at Shark Camp

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $55

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Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Eastside

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

$169 $59

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$189 for an Open-Water PADI Certification Course with Scuba-Equipment Rental ($510 Value)

Adventure Sports Unlimited

Central Santa Cruz

Earn PADI open-water certification after instruction in a heated pool and four ocean dives across Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

$510 $189

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One, Two, or Four Transformational Painting Circles at Anavami Center (Up to 62% Off)

Anavami Center

Westside

Guests express themselves through freeform paintings, photographing and journaling their process along the way

$50 $20

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10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 73% Off)

Motion Pacific

Central Santa Cruz

Rhythm & Motion classes combine inventive dance routines with engaging music to create an exhilarating, high-energy workout

$130 $35

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One or Three 60-Minute Golf Short Game Lessons with Bruce Michael Vieira, PGA Instructor (Up to 55% Off)

Bruce Michael Vieira PGA Instructor

Multiple Locations

Class-A PGA instructor breaks down the short game and teaches proper mechanics; lessons capped at three students

$80 $36

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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Six-Week Beginner CrossFit Classes in the Morning, Mid-Day, or Evening at Studio 831 (61% Off)

Studio 831

Westside

Learn how to safely and efficiently complete the exercises of CrossFit in a four-week session, followed by two weeks of classic classes

$145 $56

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Five Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio (Up to 78% Off)

Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio

Eastside

Physically invigorating and meditation-based yoga styles for students of varying skill levels

$75 $19

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$15 for $30 Worth of Leisure-Park Visits — Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz

Free lessons with a coach and a three-month membership with all equipment provided

$30 $15

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One-Month Salsa Workshop for One or Two at Bailamos Salsa Rueda (Up to 70% Off)

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

Portuguese Hall (CDPES Building)

Groups learn to dance salsa in a "wheel" of interchanging partners as a leader calls out different moves

$28 $9.50

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When Cliff Hodges, the founder and CEO of Adventure Out, graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew a traditional desk job wasn't for him. According to Technology Review, he quickly gave up his engineering career for the wireless world of the great outdoors, where he began to hike, climb, and surf his way around the world, always staying true to his philosophy of environmental respect and protection.

His travels and business accomplishments have gained some measure of notoriety; he's coached on MTV's Made, consulted for ABC News, and was selected as one of four winners of the 2011 Santa Cruz County Civic Service Award: The Nextie. Adventure Out was also identified for meeting survival skills training standards by The New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Chef.

Today, he and his program consultant Tom McElroy lead excursions into the California wilderness to teach backpacking and survival skills, including the tracking of animals and wild ice-cream trucks, and they also guide novices through surfing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking sojourns. Through fundraising, Adventure Out has helped save Castle Rock State Park from closure and a portion of their proceeds is put directly back into the park.

1 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

At 2,600 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one might expect to find sprawling views of the ocean and surrounding forest and not flourishing vineyards. Yet there are more than 70 wineries dappling the hills at various altitudes, privy to the dewy, cooling breezes of the sea and the richness of the rocky soil. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks to their scattered presence, deeming them "less a cohesive wine region than a patchwork of vineyards." Still, this characteristic isolation has resulted in "a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion"—no one style dominates in this rustic setting.

Pinot noirs and chardonnays populate the western front, and the east yields cabernets, merlots, and zinfandels. The majority of the vineyards are small and family owned—a fact reflected in their meticulously bottled libations and the matching sweaters of their holiday photos—but though they exist in chosen hermitage, many of them welcome visitors to their scenic sites. They host weddings, festivals, and open events such as Pathway to Pinot Paradise, a self-guided tour of the pinot noir hotspots.

Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Rosie McCann's specializes in twists on traditional Irish fare, tweaking classic Celtic dishes and drinks in a traditional pub setting. The menu showcases plates of irish nachos, sliced spuds slathered in jack and cheddar cheeses, olives, fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and jalape?os. The Americanized version of shepherd's pie simmers grass-fed Humboldt beef and vegetables in a rich irish stock before adding a helmet of mashed potatoes au gratin. Heftier appetites can get satisfaction with bangers & mash, a Celtic take on the English classic, that douses irish sausages and garlic mashed potatoes in Guinness gravy. 10 premium imports or 4 microbrews stand ready on tap, and malt mixologists also pour specialty beer drinks such as the Black Velvet, a whistle-whetting blend of Blackthorn hard apple cider and Guinness.

The dining room echoes the colors of the Irish flag, with burnt-red walls and bright-green stained-glass windows. Guests can cozy up in plush booth seats bedecked in plaid and gaze at glass chandeliers that hang from the ceilings as they sip on mimosas or savor lunch and brunch fare.

1220 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Since Rocky Snyder founded his self-named fitness studio 18 years ago, Good Times Magazine has bestowed the facility with its Best Personal Trainer award six times, a testament to Rocky's Fitness Center's commitment to one-on-one training and promoting healthy form and movement.

Group training sessions maintain a manageable 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio in classes whose daily-changing moves blasts through workout plateaus with the gusto of a military tank. Sessions are small enough for instructors to ensure the proper execution of exercises and give each client some individual attention. Amid the gym's green and yellow color-blocked confines, exercisers take part in Rocky's scientifically savvy program, which is designed to ignite metabolism and bulk up muscular strength. The qualified trainers help individuals as well as small groups build strong, powerful forms with one-on-one instruction, while sports training conditions recreational and performance athletes alike.

4135 Portola Dr.
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Every week, The Palomar Ballroom's 80-year-old space reverberates with a DJ's Latin beats and synchronized salsa shimmies. Beneath a baroque chandelier, couples twirl passionately enough for the New York Times to deem this salsa party the "spiciest spot downtown." Owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Jeremy Pilling prizes the supportive atmosphere that allows his students to commingle at these parties, whose themes can also cover Argentine tango and swing.

To lead up to its festivities, The Palomar Ballroom hosts drop-in classes, weekly series, rehearsals for routines, and private lessons for dancers that range from beginner to expert. During these sessions, seasoned instructors stress the social aspects of dance while teaching the techniques, rotating partners often so that they can learn different ways to twirl, dip, and ceremoniously lacerate a rug. Visiting dance champions also lead workshops on their specialties, showcasing advanced steps in cha cha, samba, swing, rumba, and other styles.

1344 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Trudie Ransom knows just how addictive the sensation of standing above the waves can be. After just a few trips out on her board, she not only began training with the standup-paddleboarding master Andy Whitman from Angulo boards, but also opened up SUP Shack. From her experience shadowing Whitman, she decided the best way to introduce people to the sport was with Angulo’s soft, 10-foot boards, which serve as an easy surface to learn on while spending a day on the waves or taking one of the shop’s classes or tours. Classes never contain more than six students, allowing each student to have the one-on-one attention needed to master the art of balancing and maneuvering the board. Once pupils are sure of their strokes, the shop’s instructors lead guided tours that slip out across the rippling blue mirror and past the sights of the harbor or tackle the more advanced paths past sea-lion habitats. Late-evening tours pause as the sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with color like somebody inciting peacocks to riot.

2214 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz,
CA
US