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)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 15 reviews
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    Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is a 3-star excellent hotel offering luxurious accommodation steps away from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Cotillion Gardens RV Park and Roaring Camp Railroads. The building was renovated in 2011. More details

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    US$193
    per night
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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 charming Hampton Inn Santa Cruz Ca is a great place in a historic area of Santa Cruz. The building was renovated in 2009. More details

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    US$232
    per night
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  • Dream Inn

    4 star hotel
    175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 23 reviews
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    The charming 4-star Dream Inn provides spacious rooms with spectacular views over Monterey Bay. Founded in 1963, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2008. More details

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    US$277
    per night
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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 situated in the heart of Santa Cruz right next to renowned attractions, such as Pleasure Point Beach, Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Harbor Beach. Nestled in the historic district and 1km from the city center. 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)
    7.2 - Very good
    Based on 50 reviews
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    Best Western Plus All Suites is a 3-star comfortable property, set close to the beach front. Since 1989, it has been a prominent hotel in the center of Santa Cruz. More details

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    US$315
    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 offers air-conditioned accommodation in the center of Santa Cruz. Founded in 1967, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2012. More details

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    US$259
    per night
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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 24 reviews
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    The affordable Inn At Pasatiempo is placed close to the beachfront. Operating in Santa Cruz since 1950, this hotel features French architecture as well as a seasonal outdoor pool, barbeque grills and a golf course. More details

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    US$131
    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 located in a beach area of Santa Cruz in close proximity to Natural Bridges State Park, UCSC Arboretum and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. The hotel is 600m away from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Nickelodeon Theatre and Mission State Park. More details

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    US$209
    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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    The spectacular 4-star Chaminade Resort And Spa offers air-conditioned rooms with views of Monterey Bay. Founded in 1968, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2008. More details

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    US$214
    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 7 reviews
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    Ocean Gate Inn is located in a downtown area of Santa Cruz in close proximity to UCSC Arboretum, Mission State Park and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Since 2013, it has been a prominent hotel in the heart of Santa Cruz. More details

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    US$112
    per night
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  • 174 W. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060 (Map)
    9.0 - Exceptional
    Based on 11 reviews
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    The historical West Cliff Inn, A Four Sisters Inn is a great place in a beach area of Santa Cruz. The building was renovated in 2007. More details

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    US$313
    per night
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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 Cruz in close proximity to Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Harbor Beach and UCSC Arboretum. Steps away from such Santa Cruz attractions as West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 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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    Opposite to Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf, the family-friendly Quality Inn offers a golf course, a seasonal outdoor pool and a picnic area. You can see Museum of Art & History, Nickelodeon Theatre and Mission State Park only 900m from the hotel. More details

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    US$195
    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 comfortable 2-star Ramada Limited Santa Cruz offers quick access to Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and West Cliff Drive. Founded in 1960, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2009. 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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    Best Western Inn is situated in the center of Santa Cruz right next to renowned attractions, such as Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, West Cliff Drive and Santa Cruz Wharf. This hotel was opened in 1983 and renovated in 2003. More details

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    US$141
    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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    • 1-28

    Comfort Inn is a 2-star business hotel offering air-conditioned accommodation steps away from Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, West Cliff Drive and Santa Cruz Main Beach. Just 20 minutes from the center of Santa Cruz. More details

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    US$150
    per night
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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

    The deluxe Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area is a great place in a beach area of Santa Cruz. The property is situated in the heart of Santa Cruz and within a 20-minute walk of UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and University of California at Santa Cruz. More details

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    US$141
    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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    • 1-35

    Beach View Inn Santa Cruz is a 2-star budget guesthouse, located close to the beach. 20 minutes away from UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz Harbor Beach and Seymour Marine Discovery Center. 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 11 reviews
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    • 1-16

    Motel Santa Cruz is located in a beach area of Santa Cruz in close proximity to Shakespeare Santa Cruz, UCSC Arboretum and Pasatiempo Golf Club. This central hotel was opened in 1962 and renovated in 2012. More details

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    US$112
    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

    Located in a natural area of Santa Cruz, Super 8 Santa Cruz/Beach/Boardwalk West is a 2-star family property that offers a golf course, barbeque grills and a seasonal outdoor pool. Founded in 1981, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011. More details

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    US$122
    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 73 reviews
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    • 1-38

    The comfortable 2-star Ocean Pacific Lodge offers air-conditioned accommodation in a shopping area of Santa Cruz. Founded in 1992, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2007. More details

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    US$205
    per night
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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 56 reviews
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    • 1-39

    The comfortable 2-star Holiday Inn Express is set in the center of Santa Cruz. Perfect location within close proximity to Santa Cruz Main Beach, Boardwalk Bowl and West Cliff Drive. More details

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    US$191
    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 family-friendly 2-star Days Inn And Suites Santa Cruz is set in the business district of Santa Cruz. The hotel is conveniently situated in a historic area, close to gardens. More details

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    US$132
    per night
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  • 619 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, Ca, Us, Santa Cruz, CA, United States (Map)
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    • 1-16

    The hotel Surf City Inn And Suites provides good lodging in Santa Cruz. Major Santa Cruz attractions, such as Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and UCSC Arboretum are located nearby. More details

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    US$225
    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 65 reviews
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    • 1-33

    The unique 2-star Continental Inn is set in an entertainment area minutes away from University of California at Santa Cruz, Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Harbor Beach. The building was renovated in 2006. More details

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    US$147
    per night
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