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Dream Inn Santa Cruz

Dream Inn Santa Cruz

175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.4 out of 5 (1,817 reviews)
    best spot if you want to be near the wharf/oceanAsk for a room away from the pool. We moved to the tower for a quieter experience.
    Apr 16, 2018

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz$229

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz$229
    Casablanca On The Beach

    Casablanca On The Beach

    101 Main St, Santa Cruz
      3.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      3.5 out of 5 (888 reviews)
      Great location, really nice hotelGreat location near everything. Comfortable, attractive hotel with very nice staff. Highly recommended.
      Apr 24, 2018

      Casablanca On The Beach$159

      Casablanca On The Beach$159
      Rio Sands Hotel

      Rio Sands Hotel

      116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos
        2.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.1 out of 5 (703 reviews)
        Nice hotel close to beach.Friendly staff, clean quiet rooms. Good price for nice place.
        Apr 4, 2018

        Rio Sands Hotel$94

        Rio Sands Hotel$94
        Ocean Pacific Lodge

        Ocean Pacific Lodge

        301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
          2.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.0 out of 5 (1,720 reviews)
          Nice hotel close to the beachLoved the availability of the bikes and the closeness to downtown and to beach!
          Apr 20, 2018

          Ocean Pacific Lodge$98

          Ocean Pacific Lodge$98
          Beachview Inn

          Beachview Inn

          50 Front St, Santa Cruz
            2.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            3.6 out of 5 (996 reviews)
            Close to wharf and Beach HotelEverything was very good except for the breakfast- Cellophane wrapped pastries- cereal- bananas and oranges was all that was available. Coffee was weak- Thank Goodness for Jakes Coffeee stand around the corner to purchase good coffee and fresh pastries!
            Apr 20, 2018

            Beachview Inn$97

            Beachview Inn$97
            Coastview Inn Santa Cruz

            Coastview Inn Santa Cruz

            301 Beach St, Santa Cruz
              2.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              3.6 out of 5 (1,130 reviews)
              Great lacation, very nice hotelOverall very positive and enjoyable stay, staff very friendly and helpful. Hotel will be demolished and replaced over the next 12 months
              Oct 5, 2017

              Coastview Inn Santa Cruz$100

              Coastview Inn Santa Cruz$100
              Beach Street Inn and Suites

              Beach Street Inn and Suites

              125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
                2.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.6 out of 5 (355 reviews)
                Great locationGreat location! Just steps to the beach and boatdwalk. Thank you!
                Apr 21, 2018

                Beach Street Inn and Suites$169

                Beach Street Inn and Suites$169
                Awesome Beach House!

                Awesome Beach House!

                , Santa Cruz
                   
                   
                  4.8 out of 5 (71 reviews)
                  AMAZING!We had such a great time! House was clean and perfectly located to all we wanted to do. We will want to book again.
                  Mar 10, 2018
                  Salt Air Lodge

                  Salt Air Lodge

                  510 Leibrandt Ave, Santa Cruz
                    2.5 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    3.4 out of 5 (277 reviews)
                    Close to BoardwalkGood Experience.................................................................................
                    Apr 23, 2018

                    Salt Air Lodge$60

                    Salt Air Lodge$60
                    Best Western Seacliff Inn

                    Best Western Seacliff Inn

                    7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos
                      3.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      4.2 out of 5 (872 reviews)
                      Great hotelThis hotel is very nice. Well staffed and rooms are clean and quiet. The restaurant on site is excellent with live music and very good food and drink. Would recommend and will stay again.
                      Apr 22, 2018

                      Best Western Seacliff Inn$119

                      Best Western Seacliff Inn$119
                      Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz

                      Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz

                      325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
                        2.5 out of 5.0
                         
                         
                        3.2 out of 5 (1,375 reviews)
                        Went for 2day. Way worth the time and money there. So close to the boardwalk so close
                        Apr 23, 2018

                        Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz$83

                        Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz$83
                        Aqua Breeze Inn

                        Aqua Breeze Inn

                        204 Second Street, Santa Cruz
                          1.5 out of 5.0
                           
                           
                          3.3 out of 5 (759 reviews)
                          Never againRude customer service. No breakfast. Sand in my bed. Kept asking us to park in the unlit back of hotel so they could sell the parking spots to boardwalk customers at night. called me 3 times to move my car while I was at the boardwalk just so they could sell my spot. RUDE AND DIRTY. NEVER AGAIN.
                          Apr 23, 2018

                          Aqua Breeze Inn$69

                          Aqua Breeze Inn$69
                          Torch Lite Inn

                          Torch Lite Inn

                          500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
                            2.0 out of 5.0
                             
                             
                            3.1 out of 5 (1,496 reviews)
                            Never made itTook 3 days to get ahold of anyone there. Had a death in the family and called to cancel, but no one answers the phone or returns emails. No voicemail either. Had to contact Expedia to contact the manager, three DAYS after I was supposed to check in. I would never book here again.
                            Apr 25, 2018

                            Torch Lite Inn$71

                            Torch Lite Inn$71
                            Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area

                            Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area

                            314 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
                              2.5 out of 5.0
                               
                               
                              3.8 out of 5 (577 reviews)
                              Very satisfied, will stay there again Staff was very polite and welcoming. Room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. Continental breakfast was more than expected, with very yummy waffles 😁. Overall it was a great stay and within walking distance to the boardwalk and a great Mexican restaurant.
                              Apr 24, 2018

                              Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area$80

                              Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area$80
                              Hotel Solares

                              Hotel Solares

                              600 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
                                2.5 out of 5.0
                                 
                                 
                                3.5 out of 5 (533 reviews)
                                Convenient Easy stay for one night. A bit rundown & needs updates. However, the rooms were clean.
                                Apr 26, 2018

                                Hotel Solares$80

                                Hotel Solares$80
                                Surf City Inn and Suites

                                Surf City Inn and Suites

                                619 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
                                  2.0 out of 5.0
                                   
                                   
                                  2.4 out of 5 (1,151 reviews)
                                  Pool and hot tub I really liked the indoor pool and hot tub check in was fast and easy
                                  Apr 20, 2018

                                  Surf City Inn and Suites$64

                                  Surf City Inn and Suites$64
                                  Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola

                                  Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola

                                  1255 41st Ave, Capitola
                                    2.5 out of 5.0
                                     
                                     
                                    4.7 out of 5 (539 reviews)
                                    Check-in was quick and easy. secure parking. the room was clean.
                                    Apr 23, 2018

                                    Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola$124

                                    Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola$124
                                    Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

                                    Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

                                    130 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
                                      2.0 out of 5.0
                                       
                                       
                                      3.3 out of 5 (571 reviews)
                                      Good place ,fun times, would be nice too have stayed in spa longer :(.
                                      Apr 18, 2018

                                      Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk$70

                                      Howard Johnson Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk$70
                                      Inn at Depot Hill

                                      Inn at Depot Hill

                                      250 Monterey Ave, Capitola
                                        4.0 out of 5.0
                                         
                                         
                                        4.8 out of 5 (285 reviews)
                                        Walking distance to beachBreakfast was great. The room was as mentioned. The grounds were really nice and clean. The staff was really not needed due to everything being available to us
                                        Apr 24, 2018

                                        Inn at Depot Hill$216

                                        Inn at Depot Hill$216
                                        Fireside Inn Santa Cruz

                                        Fireside Inn Santa Cruz

                                        311 2nd Street, Santa Cruz
                                          2.0 out of 5.0
                                           
                                           
                                          3.3 out of 5 (180 reviews)

                                          Fireside Inn Santa Cruz$79

                                          Fireside Inn Santa Cruz$79
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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.