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Santa Cruz Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Santa Cruz hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on your Santa Cruz trip, please visit our Coronavirus Information page (opens in new window).

Santa Cruz Vacation

Santa Cruz Beach Vacation

It's time to slow things right down and sit and listen to the sounds of the ocean on a Santa Cruz vacation. Picturesque coastal vistas are there for the taking on a trip to Santa Cruz — Natural Bridges State Park (2 miles (4 km) away) is the perfect example. It's a great idea to book a hotel close by. If you want more options, many sightseers also book Santa Cruz vacation deals in the vicinity of Rio Del Mar Beach and Seacliff State Beach.

Things You Should Know About Santa Cruz

  • Held the 4th of July each year, Independence Day is cause for great celebration. Plan your Santa Cruz vacation to coincide with this day and experience one of the most noteworthy events in United States of America.
  • Coming up with a vacation budget is a piece of cake when you know the currency of your destination. In this country it's U.S dollars. Love a little extra cash to splash on fun experiences? With our Santa Cruz packages, you'll have tons of leftover change to spend.
  • Santa Cruz has a population of approximately 64,200 people. Why not introduce yourself to a few of them? They might be able to let you in on some useful travel tips.
  • There are loads of terrific attractions to check out here, such as Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. If you'd love to see more great sights like this, look up our affordable Santa Cruz vacation deals.

Save Time and Money with Santa Cruz Packages

What is the best way to save money on my Santa Cruz vacation?

Santa Cruz vacation packages on Expedia are one of the easiest options for saving money and time. Book your trip now and save up to $583 — it's that simple! We offer more than 550 partner airlines and 1,000,000 properties spread across the globe. With such an awesome variety to pick from, you'll have no trouble planning your perfect getaway. Not sure about your booking? You won't need to pay a cancellation fee if you make amendments to almost any reservation.

What are the most popular types of hotels for a trip to Santa Cruz?

There's somewhere for every kind of traveler in Santa Cruz. Some have a preference for hotels, while others opt for motels. We also recommend taking a look at the private vacation homes and bed & breakfasts in the area.

What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

From flights, hotels and cars to activities and experiences, it can contain as little or as much as you like. With our Santa Cruz packages, you can book one of these, all of them or any combination that suits you. The more options you bundle, the more discounts you score!

What are the best things to do in Santa Cruz?

A dream vacation is a mix of enjoying your favorite hobbies and trying new things. While you're in Santa Cruz, there'll be tons of opportunities for both. Find what's right for you by checking out this awesome list:

For more options, check out our Santa Cruz things to do page.



*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.

What are the advantages of a road trip to Santa Cruz? 

There’s nothing quite like a Santa Cruz road trip. And Expedia makes it easy for you to turn all those road trip ideas into reality. You can find cheap deals on hotels in Santa Cruz or bundle your hotels with car rentals to save even more. With our Santa Cruz packages, you’ll find hitting the highway for that road trip adventure is more affordable than ever.  

How to plan a road trip to Santa Cruz? 

Planning a road trip can feel daunting, especially when you’ll be making multiple bookings for your itinerary. But you can find car rentals and low rates on hotels all in one place— Expedia. How you plan your road trip depends on what’s important to you. People love to take road trips to experience the great outdoors, bond with friends or family and see more of the world. When planning, bundle your car rental and hotel into one discounted package to maximize savings on both. Or, leave room for spontaneity, booking what you need when you need it with our last-minute deals.  

What to do on a road trip to Santa Cruz? 

When taking a road trip adventure, it’s best to plan how you want to spend your time on your road trip itinerary. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the best things to do in Santa Cruz. You can book all the road trip activities on your Santa Cruz wishlist, and even plan activities along your route as well.  

How to rent a car for a road trip to Santa Cruz? 

For an epic road trip, you'll need the perfect car. Renting a car for a road trip is the best option that doesn’t put miles or strain on your vehicle, and especially when it's also so affordable. Because when you book on Expedia, it doesn't need to be expensive. You can pick up a cheap car rental and head out to one of these incredible vacation rentals in Santa Cruz. And when you bundle car rentals with hotel stays, you'll save even more on each part of your journey.


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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Cruz

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Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley $118
Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020
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Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very nice place to stay. All staff are very friendly and accommodating. Given the circumstances, no bar and no restaurant but gym and pool were open.

    Hyatt Place Santa Cruz $144
    Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020
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    Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

    Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

    407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
       
      4.5 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      It’s nice how downtown is so close, and the beach too

      Dream Inn Santa Cruz $259
      Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020
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      Dream Inn Santa Cruz

      Dream Inn Santa Cruz

      175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Probably the best beachfront hotel I’ve stayed at. The pool was open though it was crowded and masks were recommended and required when ordering overpriced tacos and normal priced cocktails. I loved how the hotel was decorated. Blue 1960s beach theme i guess. The hallway walking down from the elevator ...

        Casablanca On The Beach $159
        Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020
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        Casablanca On The Beach

        Casablanca On The Beach

        101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Excellent location near everything you want to see and do in Santa Cruz.

          Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley $113
          Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020
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          Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley

          Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley

          5030 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The property is very nice. The rooms are large and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful.

            Mission Inn $109
            Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020
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            Mission Inn

            Mission Inn

            2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
               
              4.2 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very clean and nice room! The staff were nice, friendly, and accommodating. Highly recommend!

              Continental Inn $84
              Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020
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              Continental Inn

              Continental Inn

              414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
                 
                4.0 of 5
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Motel was very clean and comfortable I would stay there again

                Chaminade Resort & Spa $179
                Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020
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                Chaminade Resort & Spa

                Chaminade Resort & Spa

                1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very friendly and helpful staff. Great service at check in. There was a computer problem and we had to wait. We were given coupons for a drink on the lovely patio. The remodel is beautiful. Covid concerns were observed and we felt safe. I will be back. Worth every penny. This is not a cheap ...

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