Staycation 2020

Enjoy outdoor spaces despite current challenges


Safe, social-distanced activities are available at local state parks and beaches

Introducing #Staycation2020, an effort to help locals in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties rediscover their local state parks and beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic that has curtailed travel for many.

All summer and through the end of 2020, Staycation2020 will share day trip ideas for residents of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, the area where Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks partners with California State Parks to co-manage 32 state parks and beaches. Local state parks and beaches provide a diverse array of redwood forests, rocky pocket beaches, rolling hills, expansive bayside beaches and preserved historic properties.

The Staycation2020 campaign will highlight local parks and beaches, share insider tips and encourage healthy activities for park visitors of all ages. There also will be incentives for sharing Staycation experiences and photos on social media. Follow Friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more details, and use #Staycation2020 and #ThatsMyPark on photos when you visit a local state park or beach.

Visitors also help support local state park and beaches by paying parking fees, most of which stay local to help Friends fund local jobs, maintenance, educational programming and more.

Get information about the current status of parks and beaches on the COVID-19 Update page.