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Ocean Pacific Lodge
2 out of 5
301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $101 per night from May 17 to May 18
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Avenue and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (961 reviews)
"Excellent location from all kinds of activities like the Boardwalk, pier, dining, shopping, and of course, the beach. Though the pool was open, it seemed silly that the jacuzzi was closed in an "abundance of caution" due to what can only be assumed was related to COVID restrictions"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Ocean Pacific Lodge
Beach Street Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Westside Santa Cruz motel is steps from Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.6 mi (1 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (738 reviews)
"The receptionist upgraded my room, the one I booked on Expedia and the one they were going to put me in did not match but she fixed it. That was great otherwise I would have not been happy with Expedia."

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

Beach Street Inn and Suites
Motel 6 Watsonville, CA - Monterey Area
2 out of 5
125 Silver Leaf Dr, Watsonville, CA
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The price is $70 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated in Watsonville, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Watsonville Square Shopping Center and Ramsay Park. Pajaro Valley Historical Association and Pinto ...
3.3/5 (983 reviews)
"I liked the very quick check in process because i made a teservation on Expedia. The only negative thing was i had noisy neighbors all night. Annoying!"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Motel 6 Watsonville, CA - Monterey Area
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Beachview Inn
2 out of 5
50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $81 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is steps from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay ...
3.8/5Good! (983 reviews)
"This hotel is perfect. I always love staying here when in Santa Cruz. Joe and Fujohnnie are always so welcoming and delightful! Always very clean. Very close walking to drinks, food, shopping and the wharf. Thank you very much!"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Beachview Inn
Torch Lite Inn
2.5 out of 5
500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $109 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
3.2/5 (974 reviews)
"Close to downtown and boardwalk."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Torch Lite 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 $94 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. ...
3.5/5Good! (951 reviews)
"I liked the views to the beach very nice! Staff was very polite"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Mission Inn
2.5 out of 5
2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $119 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swift Street Courtyard and Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
4.2/5Excellent! (776 reviews)
"It was good, location not the greatest for the boardwalk but I’d stay again."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Mission Inn
Aqua Breeze Inn
2.5 out of 5
204 Second Street, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $99 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Main Beach and Main ...
3.4/5Good! (975 reviews)
"We always use this place for the boardwalk. Its very affordable and they have unique rooms with multiple beds. I let my teens walk to the boardwalk by themselves and come back when they want. I rented the big suite for thanksgiving a couple years back and that was fun too."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Aqua Breeze Inn
Rio Sands Hotel
2 out of 5
116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
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The price is $160 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Rio Del Mar Beach and Monterey Bay. Seacliff State Beach and Potbelly Beach are also within 15 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (979 reviews)
"Nice room, convenient location, clean. Friendly stuff."

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Rio Sands Hotel
Valley Inn
2.5 out of 5
970 Main Street, Watsonville, CA
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The price is $75 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Situated in Watsonville, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ramsay Park and Watsonville Square Shopping Center. Pajaro Valley Historical Association and Pinto ...
2.4/5 (102 reviews)
"Nice pleasant stay quiet relax time ok motel to stay at"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2020

Valley Inn
Ocean Lodge
2 out of 5
1015 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $99 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Wharf, and Monterey Bay. Mystery Spot and University ...
2.6/5 (220 reviews)
"Who can forget last year's empty store shelves and pandemic panic shopping, right? Cleaning products, hand sanitizer and toilet paper were all but impossible to find, and only recently have name-brand disinfectant wipes and sprays begun showing up in stores again"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Ocean Lodge
Harbor Inn
2 out of 5
645 Seventh Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $89 per night from May 3 to May 4
Located in Eastside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Cruz Harbor, Monterey Bay, and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Capitola Beach is 2.6 mi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (211 reviews)
"Very nice cozy room. I was expecting a room with two beds, but actually it was a two floor room.. loved it."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Harbor Inn
Motel Santa Cruz
2 out of 5
370 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $80 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
1.9/5 (775 reviews)
"Good location. Rooms needed updating. Toilet, drapes, windows, and other minor things."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Motel Santa Cruz
Riverside Inn & Suites Santa Cruz
2 out of 5
505 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $85 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.
3.5/5Good! (273 reviews)
"Very nice little place. Parking right in front of my room. Very clean. Nice sheets. Very comfortable."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Riverside Inn & Suites Santa Cruz
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5
325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Avenue and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) ...
3.3/5 (984 reviews)
Great Spot!
"Very clean and close to the beach. Great place for an inexpensive RR.!!"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
The Islander Motel
2 out of 5
522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $85 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this golf motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Monterey Bay and Santa ...
3.9/5Good! (829 reviews)
"Unexpectedly clean and comfortable. Great staff, great service. Even the beds and linens were good. Ive been in much more expensive and much LESS comfortable and friendly hotels."

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2021

The Islander Motel
Capri Motel
2 out of 5
337 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $78 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz Wharf and Monterey Bay are also ...
3/5 (340 reviews)
"It was awesome! Just a couple blocks away from the boardwalk."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Capri Motel
Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East
2 out of 5
338 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $109 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Cruz Main Beach, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Monterey Bay. Ocean Street and Main ...
3.8/5Good! (986 reviews)
"All was ok , however other visitors smoking right outside of door, let smoke enter into rooms ... the hotel should make/enforce smoking in designated areas away from rooms and pool"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Cruz/Beach Boardwalk East
Hitching Post Studios Inn
2 out of 5
1717 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
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The price is $105 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Eastside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Monterey Bay. Capitola Beach is 3 mi (4.8 ...
3.6/5Good! (314 reviews)
"Nice for the price! Really nice family run business. The studio was well worth the extra few $ for nearly double the space and a fridge. In my rush to book, I didn’t see the kitchen is bare - no plates, silverware, pans, nothing - but no big deal!"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Hitching Post Studios Inn
Surf City Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
619 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this spa motel is within a 15-minute walk of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 1.3 mi (2 km) ...
2.6/5 (995 reviews)
"Caught on fire got evacuated and they would not refund me. Were there maybe 6 hours"

Reviewed on May 9, 2020

Surf City Inn and Suites
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Chaminade Resort & Spa

Chaminade Resort & Spa

4 out of 5
1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $179 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
3.8/5Good! (626 reviews)
"Excellent location. Very quiet. Lovely views. Front desk is a bit rough, but expected in Silicon Valley area. Overall lovely getaway"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Chaminade Resort & Spa
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

3 out of 5
407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $159 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
4.4/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)
"Property was peaceful and very close to the beach boardwalk"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz

Dream Inn Santa Cruz

4 out of 5
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $239 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
4.6/5Wonderful! (961 reviews)
"Pros: It's right in the beach. Room was clean and updated. Decor was simple, yet tasteful. Cons: It's very expensive for what you get though. Parking is additional $25/day and there's no free option. There was no gym. Room was right next too the elevator so there was a lot of noise/foot traffic."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Motels for the Frugal Traveler

You can select from 27 inexpensive motels in Santa Cruz among the more than 275 hotels and other lodging choices. When you pick one of these cheaper accommodations, you might not have many of the amenities found in a traditional hotel but you'll save more money to use for your vacation.

By saving on your room price, you can make the most of what Santa Cruz has to offer. Not-to-be-missed sights include Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach.

Fun fact: The word "motel" was invented in 1925 by the owner of the Milestone Mo-Tel in San Luis Obispo, California. Often just a story or two, motel properties usually have outdoor access to guestrooms from the parking lot.

Listed below are some of our customers’ favorite Santa Cruz motels available to book:

Beach Street Inn and Suites

  • Stay within a 5-minute drive of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach.
  • Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, free WiFi, and coffee shop.

Ocean Pacific Lodge

  • An outdoor pool, free WiFi, and free parking are available during your stay.
  • You'll be located within a 5-minute drive of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach.

Best Western Plus Inn Scotts Valley

  • Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including breakfast, WiFi, and parking.
  • Stay within a 10-minute drive of Mystery Spot and Main Beach.

Mission Inn

  • You'll be located within a 5-minute drive of Monterey Bay and Main Beach.
  • A spa tub along with freebies like breakfast, WiFi, and parking are available during your stay.

Surf City Inn and Suites

  • Stay within a 5-minute drive of Main Beach and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
  • Enjoy access to the indoor pool, free parking, and spa tub.

Things to Do in Santa Cruz

People who've visited Santa Cruz love the entertainment and beaches. Enjoy all there is to see and do in this walkable area while you're out sightseeing.

Here are some popular places:

  • Mystery Spot
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Main Beach

These are some of the parks and outdoorsy places:

  • Natural Bridges State Park
  • Monterey Bay
  • Capitola Beach

Some historical places you might want to see include:

  • Mission Santa Cruz
  • Town Clock
  • Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse

Santa Cruz is also popular for its:

  • Sports
  • Surfing
  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Bird watching

Best Time to Visit Santa Cruz

Determine the optimal time to visit Santa Cruz by looking over the seasonal weather details below:
  • The hottest months are typically August and September, while December and January are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 69° F and nighttime temperatures average 36° F
  • April-June: 84° F is the daytime average and 41° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 86° F and nighttime averages are around 47° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 82° F during the day and 36° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 49.92 inches in a year

How to Get to Santa Cruz and Around the Area

Santa Cruz Transportation
NameTypeDistance
Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal) Airport 19.3 mi (31 km)
San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) Airport 22.7 mi (36.5 km)
San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview) Airport 24 mi (38.6 km)

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Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from a motel trip to Santa Cruz?
When you save on your room price, you can enjoy more of what Santa Cruz has to offer. Not-to-be-missed sights include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, and Capitola Beach.
What are motels like?
When you stay at a motel, you’re likely to find a free parking spot and an outdoor pool. With a stay at a motel, you’ll often have access to your room directly from the parking lot. Starting in the early 1950s, customized neon signs often lit up the roadside motels, and examples today can still be seen along historic U.S. Route 66.
What are the best motels in Santa Cruz?
Ocean Pacific Lodge: Stay within a 5-minute drive of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay. Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, free WiFi, and 2 spa tubs. Beach Street Inn and Suites: An outdoor pool and free WiFi are available during your stay, along with room amenities like a microwave. It’s located within a quick 1-minute drive of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Beachview Inn: Enjoy access to the 24-hour front desk, and freebies including WiFi and parking. Stay within a 5-minute drive of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay. Torch Lite Inn: It’s located within a quick 1-minute drive of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. An outdoor pool and free parking are available during your stay, along with room amenities like a microwave. Mission Inn: Stay within a quick 2-minute drive of Monterey Bay. Enjoy access to the spa tub, and freebies including breakfast and WiFi.
How many motels should I expect to find in Santa Cruz?
You can select from 26 economical motels in Santa Cruz.
What can I do in Santa Cruz?
In this walkable area, you can enjoy the entertainment choices and scenic seaside while you’re sightseeing. Some popular places to visit include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, and Capitola Beach. These are some of the parks and outdoorsy places: Monterey Bay, Rio Del Mar Beach, and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. You’ll find these family-friendly attractions: Roaring Camp Railroads, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Some historical places you might want to see include Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Lighthouse Point Park, and Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse.
What's the seasonal weather like in Santa Cruz?
Weather can make or break a roadtrip, so we’ve gathered some data about year-round temperatures in Santa Cruz to help you plan yours. 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.
What are my options for getting around Santa Cruz when staying in a motel?
We’ve gathered some information about getting around Santa Cruz to help you navigate your stay: Fly into Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC), which is located 27.6 mi (44.3 km) away. You can also search for flights into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is 48.4 mi (77.9 km) away. If you’d like to explore around the area, you may want a rental car for your journey.

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