Santa Cruz, CA

Travel Guide
Santa Cruz
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.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Casablanca On The Beach
Casablanca On The Beach
3.5 out of 5
101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
The price is $100 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15
$100
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (777 reviews)
Visitor treat
"My granddaughter stayed there and said it was a wonderful experience! It was January and well worth the trip to Santa Cruz. Very great place to stay."

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Casablanca On The Beach
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
The price is $229 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$229
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,019 reviews)
Wonderful Hotel
"Another wonderful stay at the Dream Inn. View is wonderful and dinner at Jack O’Neill in the hotel was top notch."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
3.5 out of 5
6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $114 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
$114
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,036 reviews)
"We love it here."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Zen Redwood Santa Cruz Retreat
Zen Redwood Santa Cruz Retreat
Santa Cruz, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
Great place for peace and quiet
"I didn't have a difficult time finding this location as I thought I would. I would suggest arriving when there's still sunlight though. The room was sparkling clean and larger then I expected. They have a nice common area that fit my needs for a quick breakfast before I started my day. I was impressed ..."

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Zen Redwood Santa Cruz Retreat
2 Room Suite - Indoor Pool and Spa - Walk to the Boardwalk
2 Room Suite - Indoor Pool and Spa - Walk to the Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Santa Cruz. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions Pacific Garden Mall and Pacific Avenue are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Great stay.
"Great location. They have 2 rooms that is very convenient and comfortable."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

2 Room Suite - Indoor Pool and Spa - Walk to the Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor BEACH Cottage located 2 blocks from TWIN LAKES BEACH
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor BEACH Cottage located 2 blocks from TWIN LAKES BEACH
Santa Cruz, CA
Stay at this cottage in Santa Cruz. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (224 reviews)
Cute cottage near the beach
"Nice little cottage near the yacht harbor and beach. Comfortable and in a quiet (at least in winter) neighborhood. Limited cooking facilities but lots of take out options nearby."

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor BEACH Cottage located 2 blocks from TWIN LAKES BEACH
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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