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Pacific Blue Inn
3 out of 5
636 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $89 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
0.7 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (575 reviews)

"Nice place for a good price. Friendly staff and and place is dog friendly. My fur babies loved the stay."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Pacific Blue Inn
Harbor Inn
2 out of 5
645 Seventh Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $69 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
1.6 mi from city center
4.2/5Very Good! (205 reviews)

"The parking was convenient, also the check in and check out was easy and with COVID 19 everything was"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Harbor Inn
Beach Street Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $149 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
0.99 mi from city center
4.6/5Exceptional! (726 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my mini vacation here. Clean room. Friendly people. Beautiful view. Min to a beach. Will most definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Beach Street Inn and Suites
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Aqua Breeze Inn
2.5 out of 5
204 Second Street, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $69 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
0.89 mi from city center
3.4/5Good! (987 reviews)

"Location was close to the boardwalk. It was a clean and calm place."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Aqua Breeze Inn
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn
2.5 out of 5
500 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $103 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
0.4 mi from city center
3.9/5Good! (997 reviews)

"I liked the General Manager Paul. He really went above and beyond by getting my daughter -in-law a great room at a great price after she had stayed at the wrong Best Western down the street. This one was a Suites Hotel. Paul was great and very thoughtful giving us breakfast when we forgot to order ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Best Western Plus All Suites Inn
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 $68 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
1.03 mi from city center
3.5/5Good! (932 reviews)

"Location, right by the beach. Good views. Area was very nice. Friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Best Western Inn
2.5 out of 5
126 Plymouth St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $95 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
0.5 mi from city center
3.9/5Good! (746 reviews)

"The property was next to Highway 1. Lots of traffic noice. Staff was friendly. Room was clean and spacious. Hotel provided a grab and go brown bag breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Best Western Inn
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
3 out of 5
407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $111 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
0.44 mi from city center
4.4/5Wonderful! (971 reviews)

"Clean hotel. Only think i dont like is a bit way off the freeway"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
2 out of 5
516 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $75 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
0.29 mi from city center
3.1/5 (994 reviews)

"Great love it. Always kind and love the location. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Ramada Limited Santa Cruz
Rio Vista Suites
3 out of 5
611 Third Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $89 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
0.79 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (594 reviews)

"I will definitely stay there again when I return."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Rio Vista Suites
Chaminade Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $179 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
2.5 mi from city center
3.8/5Good! (605 reviews)

"It’s beautiful property tucked on a hillside with eucalyptus trees all around. The staff was super nice and helpful. The food at the view was delicious and the view was breathtaking. Loved our stay and planning to book another trip."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Chaminade Resort & Spa
Comfort Inn Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5
110 Plymouth St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $99 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
0.47 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"Great room size. Fairly good sized tub. Nice decor and electric fireplace. Perfect balcony. Next to park if you have kids."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Comfort Inn Santa Cruz
Seaway Inn
2.5 out of 5
176 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $115 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
1.11 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (220 reviews)

"Quaint hotel. Felt more like a B&B. Did an okay job making it modern for an older hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Seaway Inn
Mission Inn
2.5 out of 5
2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $89 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15
1.69 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (755 reviews)

"The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean and organized. The location was close to the beach and downtown so it was easy to get places. The area is quiet."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Mission Inn
Inn At Pasatiempo
2.5 out of 5
555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $129 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
1.47 mi from city center
3.9/5Good! (997 reviews)

"The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The staff was very cheerful and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Inn At Pasatiempo
West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
3.5 out of 5
174 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $148 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
1.08 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (286 reviews)

"They had the most friendly check in. They provide cheese and wine parking is onsite the porch and balconies over look Santa Cruz wharf"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn
Continental Inn
2 out of 5
414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $84 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
0.44 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"Room was clean, well kept, had a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, bathroom supplies. Nice place."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Continental Inn
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5
325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $95 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
0.88 mi from city center
3.3/5 (988 reviews)
Great Location

"We really enjoyed the location of this place. Equal distance to both the beach and downtown. Quiet at night. And pet friendly! It smelled nice when we walked into the room. And the pool was open!!! My only complaint would be the deposit of $200 that is held on your card for up to 10 days after check ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
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 from Mar 2 to Mar 3
1.15 mi from city center
4.6/5Wonderful! (967 reviews)

"Incredible views, wonderful amenities, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Ocean Echo Inn and Beach Cottages
3.5 out of 5
401 Johans Beach Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $179 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
2.24 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (243 reviews)

"Loved everything about this place. Perfect for families. We will definitely be coming back soon."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Ocean Echo Inn and Beach Cottages
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Visiting Santa Cruz

Travelers to Santa Cruz give high marks for the beaches, fun sporting events, and entertainment choices. Tourists to the city can also enjoy its walkable location. Top sights in the city include Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach.

  • There are 242 hotels and other accommodations in Santa Cruz
  • The closest major airport is in Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), 19.3 mi (31 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), 22.7 mi (36.5 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Santa Cruz

Cultural venues in the city include Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. Attractions like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Roaring Camp Railroads are fun for everyone, not just kids. The city is notable for landmarks like Mystery Spot, Mission Santa Cruz, and Town Clock.

In Santa Cruz, you'll be able to select from 242 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have plenty of choices for a perfect holiday retreat. Here you'll find top ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn - Guests who stay at this 3.5-star bed & breakfast in Westside Santa Cruz can enjoy access to free breakfast and free parking, along with free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its convenient parking and clean, comfortable rooms.
  • Monarch Cove Inn - Our customers like the beach locale and helpful staff at this B&B. This 3.5-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola - This 2.5-star hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. Expedia customers like its beach locale and clean, comfortable rooms.

Other favorite sights in Santa Cruz include Main Beach, Natural Bridges State Park, and Monterey Bay. Popular places to visit outside the city include Winchester Mystery House, 19 mi/30.6 km from the city center, and Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall, which is 19.4 mi (31.3 km) away.

Dressing for Santa Cruz

  • Between January and March, daytime temperatures average 69°F, while nighttime temperatures stay around 36°F
  • From April to June, the average is 84°F during the day and 41°F at night
  • July through September sees average temperatures of 86°F during the day and 47°F at night
  • In October-December, you can expect 82°F as the daytime average and 36°F as the nighttime average
  • About 49.92 inches of rain falls on Santa Cruz each year
  • August and September are usually the hottest months averaging 85°F, while December and January are usually the coldest with an average temperature of 37°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place for a stay in Santa Cruz?
Dream Inn Santa Cruz is ranked highly by Expedia customers. This 4-star resort offers a restaurant and an outdoor pool. It is located a short 3-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Traveler reviews also recommend Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola and Inn at Depot Hill as top choices for your stay.

Westside Santa Cruz is a walkable neighborhood known for its beautiful beach. Other favorite areas in Santa Cruz include Downtown Santa Cruz and Eastside Santa Cruz.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Santa Cruz, will I receive a refund?
Yes! You’ll find that most hotel reservations are fully refundable if you cancel prior to the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of the scheduled arrival. If you have a reservation that’s non-refundable, you might be able to cancel it and receive a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Enter your dates, click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to review the best options available in Santa Cruz.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Santa Cruz?
For more details about changing or cancelling your trip to Santa Cruz, head over to our customer service page.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in Santa Cruz?
Based on reviews, Beachview Inn is a popular 2-star property for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other good options to stay on the cheap include Continental Inn and Salt Air Lodge.
Where is the best hotel for a stay in Westside Santa Cruz?
With 67 hotels and other accommodations to choose from in this neighborhood, you should find the perfect place for your trip. Based on Expedia customer reviews, West Cliff Inn - A Four Sisters Inn is the highest ranked property in Westside Santa Cruz. This 3.5-star B&B offers free breakfast and free WiFi. It is located a short 2-minute walk from Main Beach. Other favorite options in the area include Babbling Brook Inn and Pacific Blue Inn.
What's the best accommodation in Downtown Santa Cruz?
Pacific Blue Inn is a favorite with our customers staying in Downtown Santa Cruz. This 3-star B&B offers free breakfast and free WiFi. It is located a short 9-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
What are some hotels with pools in Santa Cruz?
Holiday Inn Express Suites Watsonville is a top hotel with an indoor pool, free buffet breakfast, and free WiFi. Other choices that feature an onsite pool include Quality Inn & Suites Capitola By the Sea and Salt Air Lodge.
What is the best spa hotel in Santa Cruz?
Mission Inn is a top spa hotel with 53 rooms, free WiFi, and a computer station. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the spa tub and sauna. Other popular spa hotels in Santa Cruz include Continental Inn and Best Western Seacliff Inn.
What is the best accommodation for staying close to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)?
DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose is a popular 3.5-star hotel featuring 3 restaurants and 2 bars. It’s located a short 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport. Other good options near the airport are La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Jose Airport and Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport.
What is staying in Santa Cruz like?
Travelers to Santa Cruz give high marks for the beaches, fun sporting events, and entertainment choices. Tourists to the city can also enjoy its walkable location. Top sights in the city include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, and Capitola Beach. In Santa Cruz, there are 539 hotels and other accommodations to choose from.
What should I see while I'm in Santa Cruz?
Cultural venues include Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Attractions like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Roaring Camp Railroads are fun for everyone. Landmarks like Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Lighthouse Point Park, and Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse might be worth a visit.
What's the seasonal weather like in Santa Cruz?
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 precipitation for Santa Cruz is 31 inches.

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