Things To Do In Santa Cruz

Six-Week Beginner CrossFit Classes in the Morning, Mid-Day, or Evening at Studio 831 (52% Off)

Studio 831

Westside

$145 $69

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

10 or 20 Classes at TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz (Up to 76% Off)

TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz

$100 $29

Wavelike spinal movements, rhythmic breathing, and sharp focus inspire relaxation and boost strength, flexibility, and endurance

Two-Hour Private Sailing Tour for up to Five from California Classic Sail (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

California Classic Sail

Santa Cruz Harbor - West Side

$240 $139

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A vintage-style yacht, designed according to a 1890's blueprint, skims Monterey Bay on cruise with optional hands-on sailing instruction

$129 for a PADI Open-Water Scuba-Certification from Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel ($424 Value)

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Twin Lakes

$424 $129

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

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

Adventure Sports Unlimited

Central Santa Cruz

$510 $189

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

Three- or Six-Month Lawn-Bowling Club Membership for Two or Four with Pizza at Santa Cruz Bowls Club (Up to 82% Off)

Santa Cruz Bowls Club

Santa Cruz

$74 $19

Members get three or six months of unlimited practice rolling unbalanced bowls toward a target ball with precision

Beginner Knitting or Crochet Class for One or Two with Optional Starter Kit at The Golden Fleece (Up to 65% Off)

The Golden Fleece

Central Santa Cruz

$45 $17

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Beginner classes give students solid foundation in each craft; starter kit includes yarn with needles or crochet hook

One or Three Months of Strength and Conditioning Training at Santa Cruz Strength (Up to 60% Off)

Santa Cruz Strength

Central Santa Cruz

$140 $69

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

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

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

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One, Two, or Four Transformational Painting Circles at Anavami Center (Up to 58% Off)

Anavami Center

Westside

$50 $25

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

$99 for an Ideal Protein Weight-Loss Program at Optimal Health and Fitness ($760 Value)

Optimal Health and Fitness

Twin Lakes

$760 $99

Comprehensive, doctor-led plan helps achieve weight loss through one-on-one coaching sessions and weekly body measurements

$20 for Entry and Margaritas for Two People at Tequila & Taco Music Festival ($40 Value)

Tequila & Taco Music Festival

Central Santa Cruz

$40 $20

Inaugural party includes award-winning margaritas, music, and craft show; proceeds go to Gen Giammanco Foundation for scholarships

Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking Tour 2014 at Rio Theatre on Saturday, July 26, at 8:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking Tour 2014

The Rio Theatre

$20 $12

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Skeptical standup comic seen on Comedy Central and Jimmy Kimmel Live! skewers religion and society on his latest tour

"The Angry Pursuit of Happiness," with Christopher Titus and Rachel Bradley at Rio Theater (Up to 40% Off)

"The Angry Pursuit of Happiness," with Christopher Titus and Rachel Bradley

Rio Theater

$26.62 $16

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Comedian shares brutally honest stories of his unconventional life and tackles topics including terrorism and his dysfunctional family

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

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Westside

$60 $30

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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

$75 $19

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

One-Month Salsa Workshop for One or Two at Bailamos Salsa Rueda (Up to 55% Off)

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

Portuguese Hall (CDPES Building)

$28 $14

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

One 45- or 90-Minute Golf Lesson from Former Touring Pro Bob Swinnerton at Santa Cruz Golf Academy (Up to 55% Off)

Santa Cruz Golf Academy

Santa Cruz

$75 $37

Former collegiate and Canadian PGA Tour golfer Bob Swinnerton proffers advice in an indoor studio with swing-analysis technology

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

$135 $35

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

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The folks at Kayak Connection outfit visitors with sea kayaks and standup paddleboards before leading them on guided tours or sending them out to explore Santa Cruz Harbor and Elkhorn Slough on their own. Tours vary from romantic sunset paddles to trips designed for families and include one tailored to getting glimpses of local birds. Intermediate and advanced paddlers can head out onto open waters to paddle past the Golden Gate Bridge, Point Lobos State Marine Reserve, and Monterey Bay Crossing.


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413 Lake Ave, # 103
Santa Cruz,
CA
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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
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Venture Quest Kayaking's owner and head guide Dave Johnston leads paddling excursions across Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, from the shimmering interiors of seaside caves to the open water where whales and other wildlife frequent. He sets the standard for a team of experienced paddlers that lead the company's many tours. These nature tours, moonlight paddles, and trips to other ports send paddlers through waves and estuaries as guides encourage participants to hone their paddling technique and give the right-of-way to any ghost ships. Kayaking camps and classes teach skills such as riding into curling waves and safe ways to launch or do self-rescue in the surf. Their shop on the Wharf also outfits customers with a variety of rentals, including open- or closed-top single and double ocean kayaks.

2 Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz,
CA
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After 16 years spent with Kona Coffee, MJA Owner Marin Artukovich took up residence in Napa Valley, where he renovated an idyllic estate on the side of Howell Mountain before opening the MJA Tasting Room in March of 2010. With the help of local winemaker Mikael Wargin, Marin’s vineyard produces cabernets, sauvignon blancs, and pinot noirs reflecting the terroir of Napa Valley and the Santa Cruz mountains, with bottles for sale through its very own Serene and DaVine cellars. Cups of house-roasted Hawaiian Kona Coffee cap off each tasting, warming hands and souls inside MJA’s gorgeous brick-walled estate or on a heated patio overlooking the Santa Cruz mountains.

328 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Mockingbird Product Photography Is a San Francisco Bay Area based commercial studio specializing in imaging for print and web. Exclusively a commercial photography studio, we focus all of our resources on our small business and corporate clients. Unlike most studios, we avoid the distractions that come with portrait and w

218A Broadway
Santa Cruz,
CA
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When Forest Roberts was 9 years old, he built a boat in his backyard with money saved from his paper route. Since 1989, Roberts has participated more officially in the maritime industry, working water-related jobs from commercial diving to boat building?and often living aboard boats?before opening his sailing-charter company in 2006. Today, California Classic Sail operates from Santa Cruz on the shores of Monterey Bay, earning praises from previous passengers and a Santa Cruz Sentinel feature story.

Roberts?s background in the building industry helped him recognize the superb craftsmanship in his current yacht, Sarah. The builder, William Garvie?who named the vessel after his granddaughter?constructed the 52-foot-long boat based on a line drawing published in an early 20th-century yachting-magazine spread. Made of wood instead of the fiberglass many modern boats are made of, its vintage style and wood hull set it apart from other Santa Cruz charter vessels. Dubbed a ?Sharpie? for its long, narrow shape, rather than an ability to leave permanent wakes, the graceful yacht zips through the bay waters on chartered trips for groups of up to six. Passengers can relax onboard as Roberts steers, or choose to learn basic sailing maneuvers through hands-on instruction. Roberts can also tailor trips to special occasions such as engagements and birthdays, and can sail during many times of day, including more-scenic mornings and sunsets.

135 5th Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
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