Strands like Pebble Beach and Bean Hollow amaze by the fascinating rock structure, developed over millions of years, the blossoming wildflowers and other plants, which have adapted to the harsh sea climate. We also spotted harbor seals, taking a sunbath to warm up from the cold ocean, cormorant birds, cranes and pelicans.
As we came closer to Santa Cruz we spotted another species: Surfers, who took advantage of the pacific waves. One of the surfer beaches has a board with surfer rules, which looks very German to me. Do the surfers follow the rules?
Santa Cruz seems to be very laid-back, a magnet for a lot of hippies, but it is also a place for cool beach volley ball and there is an amusement park with the usual roller coaster, ferris wheel and other attractions. It seems this aera has something for everyone.
The described trip is highly recommended. Maybe some day we will come back.