City Guide: Santa Cruz

     There is a little something for everyone in Santa Cruz.

     Even though the main drawcard is the Beach Boardwalk, shopping, hiking, sailing, and kayaking, surfing and golfing all come together to shape Santa Cruz as one of the premier tourist destinations in California.

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City Guide: Santa Cruz

     There is a little something for everyone in Santa Cruz.

     Even though the main drawcard is the Beach Boardwalk, shopping, hiking, sailing, and kayaking, surfing and golfing all come together to shape Santa Cruz as one of the premier tourist destinations in California.

     This compact coastal city has much to offer including comfortable hotels to stay. From cheap hotels in Santa Cruz to luxury offers all available at Booked.net. Our listings include maps, photos and secure forms on every hotel in Santa Cruz.

     As a gateway to a truly Californian experience, Santa Cruz is very un-touristy. This is a unique place where forested slopes merge with miles of unspoiled coastline making it a city with a postcard-like backdrop. It is regarded as one of the world's major surfing destinations for both skilled surfers and beginners in this sport. Santa Cruz is a perfect playground for aquatic activities with everything laid on, yet leaving the area’s natural beauty untouched.

     Apart from the approach of modernity, Santa Cruz has a ‘60s vibe with beach parties with live music, the best breakfast still served at the shabby, but very historic Las Palmas Taco Bar and free parking is still available downtown. These set Santa Cruz apart from nearby San Francisco. The city is only 77 miles southeast from the pulsating metropolis, but its heart is world away from it.

     The road to Santa Cruz follows the Devil's Slide. Only a hundred years ago the road meant many travelers failed to reach Santa Cruz, the road was known for being dangerous and the rule was simple - "you fall, you die". Today Santa Cruz swapped has swapped this reputation with the construction of the Highway 1 to the city. Yet Santa Cruz is a city to soak up a dose of its mystic past and prosperous present on a sightseeing tour.

Attractions include;

- The Beach Boardwalk, a historical park from the 1900s with the oldest wooden rollercoasters in the US

Mystery Spot features anti-gravity cabin that gives the illusion of anti-gravity

Surf Museum traces the history of sport from its origins in California to the present day

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has a nature center and little trail

Año Nuevo State Park with one of the largest populations of Elephant Seals

     With the Miss California Pagent hosted in the city, Santa Cruz was introduced to the world. After it has been chosen a campus for the University of California in the 1960's, Santa Cruz became a city with progressive outlook. In 1989 an earthquake devastated downtown Santa Cruz. Even though the loss was too much for the city at the time, Santa Cruz recovered within 10 years to become a chic tourist destination.

      Today it lures visitors with its natural and manmade mix of sun-baked beaches, sandstone cliffs set side by side with gourmet coffee houses, and amusement parks. You can make it all happen in Santa Cruz with a comfortable hotel - found and booked at Booked.net. 

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  • 6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95066 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 18 reviews
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    Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is a 3-star hotel... More details

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    US$187
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  • Dream Inn

    4 star hotel
    175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 25 reviews
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    Dream Inn provides 165 rooms with spectacular views of... More details

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    US$434
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  • 1505 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 46 reviews
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    The exquisite Hampton Inn Santa Cruz, Ca is placed... More details

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    US$221
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  • Torch Lite Inn

    3 star hotel
    500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    5.8 - Good enough
    Based on 34 reviews
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    Torch Lite Inn is a 3-star affordable property, set... More details

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    US$416
    per night
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  • 500 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060-6602 (Map)
    7.6 - Excellent
    Based on 75 reviews
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    Best Western Plus All Suites is a 3-star property in... More details

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    US$279
    per night
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  • The Hotel Paradox

    3 star hotel
    611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    7.6 - Excellent
    Based on 25 reviews
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    The sophisticated Hotel Paradox is a 3-star property... More details

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    US$207
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  • Inn At Pasatiempo

    3 star hotel
    555 Highway 17, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    7.2 - Very good
    Based on 25 reviews
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    Inn At Pasatiempo is situated right next to natural... More details

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    US$147
    per night
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  • Babbling Brook Inn

    3 star hotel
    1025 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    9.0 - Exceptional
    Based on 25 reviews
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    Babbling Brook Inn is a 3-star hotel offering spacious... More details

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    US$206
    per night
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  • One Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95065 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 24 reviews
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    • 1-16

    The spectacular Chaminade Resort And Spa offers 155 air... More details

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    US$211
    per night
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  • Ocean Gate Inn

    3 star hotel
    111 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    4.8 - Average
    Based on 8 reviews
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    The comfortable Ocean Gate Inn offers spacious... More details

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    US$186
    per night
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  • 174 W. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    9.2 - Exceptional
    Based on 11 reviews
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    The historical West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn... More details

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    US$307
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  • Pacific Blue Inn

    3 star hotel
    636 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    9.4 - Superb
    Based on 40 reviews
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    Pacific Blue Inn is located in a beach area of Santa... More details

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    US$294
    per night
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  • Quality Inn

    2 star hotel
    1101 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    7.0 - Very good
    Based on 50 reviews
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    Quality Inn is a 2-star property only 2.0km from Santa... More details

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    US$195
    per night
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  • Comfort Inn

    2 star hotel
    110 Plymouth St., Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    6.4 - Good
    Based on 20 reviews
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    Comfort Inn is a 2-star hotel offering air-conditioned... More details

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    US$150
    per night
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  • 516 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    6.4 - Good
    Based on 8 reviews
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    The central Ramada Limited Santa Cruz is a 2-star hotel... More details

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    US$187
    per night
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  • Best Western Inn

    2 star hotel
    126 Plymouth Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060-2932 (Map)
    6.4 - Good
    Based on 18 reviews
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    The business Best Western Inn is a great place in a... More details

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    US$141
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  • 314 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    6.6 - Good
    Based on 4 reviews
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    • 1-39

    Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area is a 2-star deluxe... More details

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    US$141
    per night
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  • 321 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060-5523 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 9 reviews
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    • 1-16

    The comfortable 2-star Super 8 Santa... More details

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    US$122
    per night
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  • 50 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    5.6 - Good enough
    Based on 4 reviews
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    Beach View Inn Santa Cruz is situated right next to... More details

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    US$61
    per night
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  • Motel Santa Cruz

    2 star hotel
    370 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    3.2 - Acceptable
    Based on 12 reviews
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    Motel Santa Cruz is a worthy example of 2-star hotels... More details

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    US$153
    per night
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  • 600 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    6.6 - Good
    Based on 109 reviews
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    • 1-31

    The affordable 2-star Days Inn And Suites Santa Cruz... More details

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    US$145
    per night
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  • 619 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, Ca, Us, Santa Cruz, CA, United States (Map)
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    Surf City Inn And Suites is a 2-star property only... More details

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    US$159
    per night
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  • Continental Inn

    2 star hotel
    414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 66 reviews
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    Continental Inn is a 2-star unique property, set within... More details

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    US$181
    per night
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  • Ocean Pacific Lodge

    2 star hotel
    301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 75 reviews
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    The comfortable 2-star Ocean Pacific Lodge offers air... More details

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    US$222
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  • Holiday Inn Express

    2 star hotel
    1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    9.0 - Exceptional
    Based on 57 reviews
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    The well-equipped 2-star Holiday Inn Express provides... More details

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    US$186
    per night
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