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Featured Santa Cruz Beach Hotels

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Casablanca On The Beach
Casablanca On The Beach
3.5 out of 5.0 101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
3.6/5 (1,312 reviews)
$169/ night for 2 guests

The view and bathroom were nice, I also like that parking was provided. and the let us stay a little pass our check out so we could eat dinner.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019
Rio Sands Hotel
Rio Sands Hotel
2.0 out of 5.0 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
Free Cancellation
4.1/5 (896 reviews)
$102/ night for 2 guests

Great room! Spacious. Perfect for families. Even teenagers that want their own space.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
Ocean Pacific Lodge
Ocean Pacific Lodge
2.0 out of 5.0 301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
4.0/5 (2,007 reviews)
$94/ night for 2 guests

Staff and property very Peaceful area clean apartment

Reviewed on May 18, 2019
Beachview Inn
Beachview Inn
2.0 out of 5.0 50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
3.6/5 (1,237 reviews)
$69/ night for 2 guests

Likes - extremely close to pier and restaurants. If you get the second story back corner rooms you can see the ocean. You can hear the ocean at night when it’s quiet. My room was clean and comfortable. Dislikes - the parking lot was very steep and uneven.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019
Coastview Inn Santa Cruz
Coastview Inn Santa Cruz
2.0 out of 5.0 301 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA
3.6/5 (1,131 reviews)

The title says it all...not happy that we weren't advised before arriving at 7pm after travelling from the east coast!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2017
Beach Street Inn and Suites
Beach Street Inn and Suites
2.0 out of 5.0 125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
4.6/5 (483 reviews)
$169/ night for 2 guests

Great views. Easy parking in an area with no parking. Bathroom was small but clean

Reviewed on May 12, 2019
Awesome Beach House!
Awesome Beach House!
Santa Cruz, CA
4.8/5 (89 reviews)

Great location and beautiful home. Walked to beach and Crow’s Nest for dinner. Best to back into driveway. Much easier for getting out. We will definitely be back.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2019
Salt Air Lodge
Salt Air Lodge
2.5 out of 5.0 510 Leibrandt Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
Free Cancellation
3.5/5 (533 reviews)
$70/ night for 2 guests

I liked the proximity to local attractions but the young man working the front desk was very unpleasant. The older gentleman was much kinder and we appreciated him very much.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019
Best Western Seacliff Inn
Best Western Seacliff Inn
3.0 out of 5.0 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos, CA
Free Cancellation
4.2/5 (1,129 reviews)
$130/ night for 2 guests

Spacious rooms..grounds beautiful..hot tub had issues..jet problems..unexpected fees upon check in...however would definately recommend this Inn.

Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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Beach Hotels in Santa Cruz

Known for its pristine beaches and surfing, Santa Cruz offers a lot for the traveler planning a beach getaway. With 83 beach hotels and other accommodation options to pick from in this walkable destination, it's a breeze to find one that meets your needs.

As you look for a place to stay near the water in Santa Cruz, consider selecting one of these top beach hotels with positive traveler reviews.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz - 4-star resort on the beach. It features an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a restaurant. Guests love the beach locale and breakfast.

Casablanca On The Beach - 3.5-star romantic hotel, 0-minute walk from Main Beach. Our travelers recommend its beach locale and comfortable rooms. This hotel boasts a restaurant, free WiFi, and a bar.

Rio Sands Hotel - 2-star motel, 2-minute walk from Rio Del Mar Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, free breakfast, and a spa tub. Guest reviews highlight the walkable location and breakfast.

Ocean Pacific Lodge - 2-star motel, 7-minute walk from Main Beach. It features an outdoor pool, free breakfast, and 2 spa tubs. Guests love the beach locale and overall value.

Beachview Inn - 2-star motel, 4-minute walk from Main Beach. Our travelers recommend its beach locale and overall value. This motel boasts free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.

Planning Your Trip to Santa Cruz

If you're wondering about the local weather, you can use these monthly averages to determine the best time to visit.

  • Hottest months: August, September, July, and June, with an average temperature of 85°F
  • Coldest months: December, January, November, and February, with an average temperature of 37°F
  • Driest months: May, October, April, and November, with an average rainfall of 3.23 inches
  • Rainiest months: January, December, February, and March, with an average rainfall of 9.25 inches

Sightseeing in and Around Santa Cruz

After getting settled at your accommodation of choice, you'll likely want to venture out and explore. If you can't wait to check out the beaches, head to Main Beach or Natural Bridges State Park for a relaxing day by the water. Experience the area's surfing and entertainment choices, and make time for local attractions like Mystery Spot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. For more things to see and do, consider visiting Santa Cruz Surfing Museum or Felton Covered Bridge Park. Visitors also enjoy Santa Cruz for its:
  • Sports
  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Bird watching

Getting Around Santa Cruz

The closest major airport is Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), located 22.7 mi (36.5 km) from the city center. If you'd like to venture out around the area, you may want a car rental for your journey.