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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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$143
Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz
4.2
of 5, from 1,175 reviews
4.0 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).

$79
Continental Inn

Continental Inn

414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
3.8
of 5, from 1,411 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

$136
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection

Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection

611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz
4.2
of 5, from 1,341 reviews
4.5 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 (3.3 km) away.

$129
Casablanca On The Beach

Casablanca On The Beach

101 Main St, Santa Cruz
3.5
of 5, from 766 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Westside Santa Cruz hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Natural Bridges State Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$55
Torch Lite Inn

Torch Lite Inn

500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
3.1
of 5, from 1,456 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This motel is just a 5 minute walk away to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Main Beach, and Santa Cruz Wharf. Also nearby are Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Cocoanut Grove.

$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 1,079 reviews
3.0 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.

$143
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

407 Broadway, Santa Cruz
4.9
of 5, from 21 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

$62
Hotel Solares

Hotel Solares

600 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz
3.5
of 5, from 478 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pacific Garden Mall, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Natural Bridges State Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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