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Explore Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is an amazing town! Check out our selection of local history and travel guides, and local interest titles, great for any visitor looking to learn more about our storied area, or any local looking to get more informed.

You can also find more titles from these local authors and publishing companies: Capitola Book Company Titles & Locally and Independently Published Works

 

2020 Hindsight: Looking Back on a Tumultuous Year in Santa Cruz County Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781637956403
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Published: Community Printers - March 1st, 2021

Secret Walks and Staircases in Santa Cruz: 28 Walks for Fun and Fitness Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780989925013
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Published: Self Published - December 8th, 2020

Planning to walk for exercise and fitness but getting tired of the same old routes? Ever wonder where that unsigned trail leads to in the park? This book has the answers. The 44 detailed maps and clear step-by-step route descriptions are easy to follow.


100 Things to Do in Santa Cruz Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781681062259
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Published: Reedy Press - October 15th, 2019

Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz Cover Image
By Irene Reti (Editor), Cameron Vanderscoff (Editor), Sarah Rabkin (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780972334396
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Published: University Library, UC Santa Cruz - April 3rd, 2020

National Geographic's Trails Illustrated map of Big Basin/Santa Cruz Parks and Preserves is a two-sided, waterproof map designed to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts with unmatched durability and detail. This map was created in conjunction with local land management agencies and is loaded with valuable recreation information.

Trails Illustrated maps are expertly researched and frequently updated. The maps are printed in the United States on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant, and trail tough -- capable of going anywhere you do. The map is two-sided, and can be folded to a packable size of 4.25" x 9.25"; unfolded size is 26" x 38." 


Haunted Santa Cruz, California Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781467136037
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Published: History Press - September 26th, 2016

Though generally a peaceful coastal city, the dark stains from Santa Cruz's past still linger. A former Spanish Mission, Holy Cross Catholic Church harbors a dark history of a brutal revolt of native Ohlone Indians that killed the cruel Father Andres Quintana.


Lost Restaurants of Santa Cruz County Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467143851
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Published: History Press - March 16th, 2020

Millions of people come to Santa Cruz every year to enjoy the beach and eat at one of the many popular restaurants. Favorite places have come and gone, but they haven't been forgotten. From the treasured Miramar Fish Grotto, in business for more than seve.


Santa Cruz Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Susie Bright (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617756221
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Published: Akashic Books - June 5th, 2018

Elizabeth McKenzie's "The Big Creep" has been named a finalist for the 2019 Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Short Story presented by the Private Eye Writers of America


Santa Cruz, California (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738520810
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - October 16th, 2002

Located on Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz's mild climate and natural resources have drawn entrepreneurs and visionaries, as well as tourists, since its earliest days. Over time, Santa Cruz city and county became home to a classic seaside amusement park, luxury hotels and beachside mansions, cottage cities and revival camps.


Boardwalk Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062748065
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 19th, 2018

In this new novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, two young women two generations apart discover the joy and heartbreak of following their dreams. Aspiring Hollywood actress Violet makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, Mari sets out to discover what happened on that long ago summer.


Santa Cruz Coast (Then & Now (Arcadia)) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738546667
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - September 13th, 2006

The scenic coastline of northern Monterey Bay has enthralled residents and visitors alike for well over a century. Yet storms and relentless waves over time have taken their toll, devouring shorelines, washing away beaches, collapsing cliffs, and battering oceanfront structures.


Surfing in Santa Cruz (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738570761
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - August 5th, 2009

Santa Cruz is located on the northern tip of Monterey Bay on California's central coast. Surfing was first introduced to the U.S. mainland in Santa Cruz by three visiting Hawaiian princes in the late 1880s. Since those early days, the Santa Cruz surfing culture has blossomed into a thriving lifestyle. Many of the world's most highly regarded surfers hail from Santa Cruz.


The Complete Guide to Wilder Ranch State Park Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780989039215
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Gone Beyond Guides - February 19th, 2013

The Complete Guide to Wilder Ranch State Park has everything a visitor needs to enjoy Wilder Ranch State Park's 7000 acres. All trails are covered for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The book contains descriptions of the majority of the flora and fauna within the park, with over 53 plants and 34 mammals covered in detail photos for nearly every species.


Santa Cruz Is In the Heart: Volume II Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780932319142
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Published: Capitola Book Company - August 1st, 2013

In what is a second volume of character portraits, stories and essays on Santa Cruz County history and culture, fourth-generation Santa Cruz writer Geoffrey Dunn captures the spirit of this diverse community with a fierce, albeit, endearing passion. He has the unique capacity of breathing life into his historical portraits and placing his contemporary pieces in an illuminating context.


Day Hikes on the California Central Coast Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781573420587
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Published: Day Hike Books - December 30th, 2008

The Central California coast has some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. Rugged coastal terraces are backdropped by mountain ranges that run parallel to the Pacific coastline. Picturesque communities dot a landscape abundant with valleys, white sand beaches, cool forests, and natural preserves.


Historic Tales of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park: Big Trees Grove (Landmarks) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467142953
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Published: History Press - March 9th, 2020

Visiting the redwoods in nineteenth-century California meant coming to Big Trees Grove, now part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This forest of giants in the Santa Cruz Mountains attained fame through the 1846 exploits of explorer John Charles Fr mon.


Big Basin, Santa Cruz (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #816) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781566956758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic Maps - January 1st, 2020

National Geographic's Trails Illustrated map of Big Basin/Santa Cruz Parks and Preserves is a two-sided, waterproof map designed to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts with unmatched durability and detail. This map was created in conjunction with local land management agencies and is loaded with valuable recreation information.

Trails Illustrated maps are expertly researched and frequently updated. The maps are printed in the United States on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant, and trail tough -- capable of going anywhere you do. The map is two-sided, and can be folded to a packable size of 4.25" x 9.25"; unfolded size is 26" x 38." 


Evergreen Cemetery of Santa Cruz Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467143868
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Published: History Press - August 31st, 2020

Created in 1858, the Evergreen Cemetery provided a final resting place for a multitude of Santa Cruz's adventurers, entrepreneurs and artists. The land was a gift from the Imus family, who'd narrowly escaped the fate of the Donner Party more than a decade earlier and had already buried two of their own.


South Bay Bike Trails: Road and Mountain Bicycle Rides Through Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties (Bay Area Bike Trails) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780962169489
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Published: Penngrove Publications - June 6th, 2000

Silicon Valley is not only a high-tech haven, but a cyclist's paradise. Avid cyclist Conrad Boisvert uses clear maps and reasonable estimates of time and distance, offering both the serious biker and the leisurely cyclist routes alongside ranchlands, through dense redwood forests, next to coastal wetlands, and near seaside resorts and beaches.


$18.95
SKU: 9780972336123

Welcome to Santa Cruz, California's fat-tire fantasyland! From the surf to the mountains, you can bike a myriad of trails along pristine creeks in a shady grove of redwoods, through sunny grasslands, or on the scenic coastal cliffs. Get ready to ride rollercoaster singletrack, bomb fast and furious fire roads, test your skills on technical trails, or simply cruise the many rides! Mountain Biking Santa Cruz, the trail and ride guide for the greater Santa Cruz area, provides all the necessary information to discover and piece together your perfect mountain biking adventure. Along with detailed trail descriptions, this pack-sized book contains numerous photos, GPS accurate maps, useful elevation profiles, and specific mileage guides to get you on your way.


Going Coastal: Santa Cruz County and Beyond Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781632634665
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Published: Booklocker.com - October 1st, 2014

California's Central Coast can be confusing. Electric guitars are made from car parts, bronze sculptures fill nursery gardens, and people actually want to watch a guy play the accordion Elizabeth Ivanovich has deciphered these and other mysteries in GOING COASTAL. Meet local icons, discover the best of everything, and explore cultural life throughout the Bay Area.


Santa Cruz, California, 2003 - 2013. A Northern California Coastal Community that became one of the NAtion's important creative meccas. A look at the people who that happen and why.

"Since 2006, my guests on KUSP Public Radio's 'Art Studio' have expounded on the arts and culture in Santa Cruz. Here s what some of them have said." --Kirby Scudder


Santa Cruz Wharf Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467133937
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - December 5th, 2016

For a century now, the Santa Cruz Wharf has shone as one of the crown jewels of the Pacific Coast, and today it serves as a gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. What began as a shipping pier quickly morphed into the home of the colorful and fabled Santa Cruz Italian fishing colony.


Santa Cruz's Seabright Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467124737
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - April 17th, 2017

Seabright, located atop towering sandstone cliffs and bordered by the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor and San Lorenzo Point, overlooks the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk and a state beach where locals and lifeguards have performed many valiant acts of ocean rescue.


Sports of Santa Cruz County (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467130073
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - November 4th, 2013

Its inviting climate, enticing rugged mountains, and welcoming beaches have always made Santa Cruz County a haven for athletic activities. A wide variety of sporting endeavors, some beyond the norm, have called Santa Cruz home over the decades. In the 19th century, Santa Cruz served as a springboard for modern surfing.