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Inn at Depot Hill
4 out of 5
250 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA
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The price is $308 per night
4.8/5Exceptional! (490 reviews)

"Management and all staff members were great. Breakfast was delicious along with the ambiance."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Inn at Depot Hill
Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola
2.5 out of 5
1255 41st Ave, Capitola, CA
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The price is $159 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (799 reviews)

"The property was fine. I just had some unruly people staying above me. I had one horrible nights sleep. Waking up at 2,3,330and 5am wasn’t really planned on a Wednesday early morning. Other than that the property and people were great as always. I’ve stayed here a few times already."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola
Beach Street Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $169 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (634 reviews)

"Loud music all night until 4:45 am on Memorial Day below us. Neighbors in 207 un on patio talking loudly w/ music until 2 am. Lots of pot smoking on patio Sunday night. Tried getting a hold of staff but was unable to. We got blamed for it the following day??? We love the location & the hotel is super ..."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Beach Street Inn and Suites
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $209 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,170 reviews)

"My kids and I loved it here, hot tub and pool was awesome right after the beach. They also enjoyed the ocean view from the balcony."…"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Best Western Seacliff Inn
3 out of 5
7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos, CA
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The price is $144 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (1,322 reviews)

"The sliding patio doors were not insulating at all. I heard the traffic drive by. Whether the door was open or closed didn't make much difference. I don't like the tub and toilet separated with a door from the sink."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Best Western Seacliff Inn
Rio Sands Hotel
2 out of 5
116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
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The price is $150 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,200 reviews)

"Staff were amazing; hotel was wonderful. My second time staying here."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Rio Sands Hotel
Ocean Pacific Lodge
2 out of 5
301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $78 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (2,139 reviews)

"It is dog friendly and has a pool and hot tub. Walking distance to the boardwalk"…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Ocean Pacific Lodge
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
2.5 out of 5
314 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $90 per night
3.7/5Good! (829 reviews)

"Check in and check out was great with friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
Casablanca On The Beach
3.5 out of 5
101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $163 per night
3.7/5Good! (1,771 reviews)

"I loved the staff who checked us in! They were super accommodating and even gave us an upgrade! Love this hotel and definitely coming back!"…"

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Casablanca On The Beach
Beachview Inn
2 out of 5
50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $74 per night
3.6/5Good! (1,493 reviews)

"I like that it’s a smaller property, close to the beach, and has a relaxed feel. It’s a clean property will lot parking."…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

Beachview Inn
Fireside Inn Santa Cruz
2 out of 5
311 2nd Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $75 per night
3.5/5Good! (442 reviews)

"Room was perfect for just one night stay. Walking distance to Santa Cruz beach board walk. Quiet and clean room. Definitely going back again."…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Fireside Inn Santa Cruz
Salt Air Lodge
2.5 out of 5
510 Leibrandt Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.4/5Good! (751 reviews)

"What I like about this property is that it is reasonably cost and not too far of a walk to the boardwalk. Having 3 rooms was helpful as well for my family to enjoy the weekend. Cons: was not stocked with any toiletries, the phone is the room was hidden behind the tv and did not work. Also the neighbors ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Salt Air Lodge
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
2 out of 5
130 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $75 per night
3.4/5Good! (866 reviews)

"This property was cool for a day trip sleep over, within walking distance of the boardwalk and bars."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Hotel Solares
2.5 out of 5
600 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $89 per night
3.4/5Good! (959 reviews)

"Very nice i like the hospitality! The facilities are very clean and organized."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Hotel Solares
Aqua Breeze Inn
1.5 out of 5
204 Second Street, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $65 per night
3.4/5 (1,123 reviews)

"The room was clean and smelled good. Next time try again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Aqua Breeze Inn
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5
325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $81 per night
3.2/5 (1,778 reviews)

"Good easy access clean nice staff good room good rate"…"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
Torch Lite Inn
2 out of 5
500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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3.1/5 (1,557 reviews)
Do NOT Stay Here with Kids

"This motel caught on fire at 2am! My family (including a 7-month old and 3 yr old) had to jump out of bed and evacuate immediately. We woke up because our 7-month old started crying, not because of the fire alarm. There was NO fire alarm. There was a ton of smoke and NO fire extinguishers. This was ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2018

Torch Lite Inn
Surf City Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
619 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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2.6/5 (1,465 reviews)
Surf side

"Very nice place. Walking distance to beach"…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Surf City Inn and Suites
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Beach Hotels in Santa Cruz

Known for its stunning beaches and surfing, Santa Cruz has a lot to offer the traveler dreaming of a beach holiday. There are 83 beach hotels and other accommodation options to choose from in this walkable destination, so it's easy to find one that meets your needs.

As you search for a place to stay by the water in Santa Cruz, consider selecting one of these top beach hotels with high ratings from Expedia travelers.

Awesome Beach House! - Romantic vacation home on the beach. It features beach towels, kitchens, and televisions. Guests love the beach and breakfast.

Salt Air Lodge - 2.5 motel, 6-minute walk from Main Beach. Our travelers recommend its beach and pool. This motel boasts an outdoor pool, complimentary wireless Internet access, and free self parking.

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz - 2.5 motel, 5-minute walk from Main Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, continental, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Guest reviews highlight the overall value and overall comfort.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola - 2.5 hotel near The Hook. It features an outdoor pool, daily, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests love the beach and pool.

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 2 motel, 3-minute walk from Main Beach. Our travelers recommend its beach and overall comfort. This motel boasts daily, a spa tub, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Planning Your Trip to Santa Cruz

If weather is an important factor for your vacation, you can use these local temperature and rainfall averages to decide your travel dates.

  • 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 arriving and settling in at your accommodation of choice, you might want to venture out and explore. If you're excited to scope out the beaches, spend a relaxing day by the water at Main Beach or Natural Bridges State Park. Experience the area's surfing and entertainment choices, and make time for local attractions like Mystery Spot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. For additional things to see and do, consider a visit to 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

To get to Santa Cruz, you can fly into Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), the closest major airport, which is located 19.3 mi (31 km) from the city center. If you'd like to explore around the area, you may want to rent a car for your trip.

Frequently asked questions

What is Santa Cruz like for travelers who love the beach?
Known for its stunning beaches and surfing, Santa Cruz has a lot to offer the traveler dreaming of a beach holiday. 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.
What's the best place to stay for a beach vacation in Santa Cruz?
Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola is a top 4-star beachfront resort with an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Other good options to stay near the beach include Ocean Pacific Lodge and Beach Street Inn and Suites. To enjoy some time by the water, head to Capitola Beach or Rio Del Mar Beach.
What's the weather like in Santa Cruz?
If you’re wondering about the best time to visit, here’s what you can expect from the local weather: The hottest months are usually August and September with an average temp of 64°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 53°F. Average annual rainfall for Santa Cruz is 31 inches.
What is there to see and do around Santa Cruz?
After arriving and settling in at your hotel, you might want to venture out and explore everything Santa Cruz has to offer. If you’re excited to scope out the beaches, spend a relaxing day by the water at Capitola Beach or Rio Del Mar Beach. Experience the area’s surfing and entertainment choices, and make time for local attractions like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Mystery Spot. For additional things to see and do, consider a visit to Monterey Bay or Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
What's the best way to get around Santa Cruz?
If you’re looking to fly in to Santa Cruz, the closest major airport is San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), located 27.6 mi (44.3 km) away. If you’d like to venture out around the area, consider renting a car to take in more sights.

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