Santa Cruz – Monterey
Embraced by some of northern California’s most beautiful shoreline, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a protected marine area, one of the largest in the world. Each year millions of visitors come to the otters, harbor seals, and sea birds that splash along these glorious beaches, but it is the Monterey Bay Sanctuary’s blue expanse of water that teems with an unsurpassed explosion of marine wildlife life.
Monterey Bay Sanctuary
Twenty-six species of marine mammals live in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. Amoungst them are the seals, otters, bottlenose dolphins and two species of porpoises live and thrive in these Coast waters year-round. Every year a variety of sea lions, dolphins, and whales make their way into the Monterey Bay. All told, the sanctuary is home to 26 species of marine mammals, 94 species of seabirds, 345 species of fish, 4 species of turtles, 31 types of invertebrates, and 450 species of large marine algae.
Surfing Santa Cruz
Steamers Lane, at the Light House Point in Santa Cruz is home of the Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse Surfing Museum and is a surfer’s paradise all year around on the central coast. It is a classic point break with powerful, juicy waves, easy entry into the water and a beautiful walking path along the point for your family and friends to watch you take the drop on a classic wave. Steamers breaks best on medium to low tides and will take all direction swells. It is absolutely one of the worlds best and cleanest breaks. There are great surf schools to get your started!
Almost an hour’s drive south and you’ll arrive at Monterey, California. Sometimes known as Steinbeck Country for it’s famous author and historical landmark, Cannery Row. Monterey is also home to the world famous Monterey Bay Marine Aquarium, a must on any traveler’s itinerary.
Carmel, California is nestled between the world famous Pebble Beach golf course to the north and the spectacular Big Sur coast to the south. Carmel with its carefully guarded natural beauty, has created a European style retreat away from all the headaches of everyday life.
As you drive south, the landscape of Carmel gives way to the beauty of the Big Sur coastline. From beaches to mountains, you can hike along the streams in tree lined valleys. Climb up on the high ridges for an amazing view of the coastline on the western slope and rest your eyes on three million acres of wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest on the eastern slope. Not technically part of the Monterey Bay, it’s well worth the stretch.
If you like it here in paradise, you might want to contact our favorite real estate agent Susan Bolster-Grant or visit her website: www.CoastBayToday.com. It’s a great time to move to the Monterey Bay Central Coast!
Monterey, located on the Monterey Bay, is the beach destination of choice for Northern and Central California lifestyles. It’s here in Monterey County where you will find yourself enchanted by natural beaches, coastal forests, warm microclimates, world class surfing, scuba diving and golf, plus a lifestyle offering the very best of organic foods and local wineries. And the views! Many homes offer up a view of the Monterey Bay. So, if you’re looking for a beach home for sale with an ocean view, we recommend you contact santacruzhomes.co.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy chocolate tastings, a silent auction, gift items for sale, demonstrations, music, and meet sponsors and recipients of UCSC Women’s Club Scholarships.
The Chocolate Festival raises money for re-entry Student Scholarships at UCSC. The Annual Chocolate Festival has raised over $50,000 over the last five years.
Tickets for the Annual Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival are on sale at Whole Foods markets in Santa Cruz and Capitola for $12 each. ($15 at the door)
For more information, visit santacruzchocolatefestival.org