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Santa Cruz Vacation Packages

This Californian city attracts visitors looking for sun and sand, and has one of the strongest surfing cultures in the country.

For many, Santa Cruz embodies the laid-back spirit of coastal California. The city has strong surfing and skateboarding cultures, beautiful beaches and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

There are many options for outdoor recreation in and around Santa Cruz. Rent a kayak and paddle out to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Try to spot sea lions, seals and even whales (during winter and spring) as you paddle along. Hiking enthusiasts will also enjoy the numerous scenic trails at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Wilder Ranch State Park.

No trip to Santa Cruz would be complete without delving into the city’s surfing heritage. Catch a wave at one of the well-known surfing breaks or rent a car and cruise along the scenic West Cliff Drive to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. This museum is located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse and overlooks the famous Steamer Lane surf break.

Downtown Santa Cruz is known for its eclectic shops, cafés and restaurants and is a short stroll from the beach. Families will love the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This amusement park opened in 1907 and is full of old-world charm. Take a spin on one of its historic rides, such as the wooden Giant Dipper Roller Coaster.

Foodies should check out the Santa Cruz Wharf, home to many seafood restaurants and shops. Wine aficionados will love the Santa Cruz Mountains, where many local wineries have tasting rooms.

You can cover much of Santa Cruz’s main downtown and city attractions on foot, by bike or with the Santa Cruz Metro bus services. If you want to venture farther afield, it’s best to rent a car as the roads near the Santa Cruz Mountains can get very steep.


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Chaminade Resort & Spa $147
Chaminade Resort & Spa

Chaminade Resort & Spa

1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 191 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    With sweeping views of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains, the mountaintop retreat of Chaminade Resort & Spa is a short drive from sandy beaches, world-class golf, and downtown Santa Cruz shops.

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz $219
    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 1,817 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Cruz Wharf and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum are also within 15 minutes.

      Ocean Pacific Lodge $101
      Ocean Pacific Lodge

      Ocean Pacific Lodge

      301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 1,720 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Casablanca On The Beach $159
        Casablanca On The Beach

        Casablanca On The Beach

        101 Main St, Santa Cruz
           
          3.5
          of 5, from 881 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this beach hotel is steps from Santa Cruz Wharf and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz $79
          Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz

          Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz

          325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
             
            3.2
            of 5, from 1,371 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley $140
            Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

            Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

            6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 1,251 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in the mountains, this romantic hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Valley Gardens Golf Course and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Mystery Spot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz $99
              Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

              Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

              1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 1,146 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Town Clock, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

                Oceana Inn $59
                Oceana Inn

                Oceana Inn

                525 Ocean St, Santa Cruz
                   
                  2.8
                  of 5, from 1,355 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

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