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Santa CruzUnited States of America

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.

Top hotels in Santa Cruz

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
3.5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM526 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pacific Avenue, Roaring Camp Railroads and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Santa Cruz ...

4.1/5Very Good! (954 reviews)

"Staff is great at this location, very helpful and polite."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
3 out of 5
407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is RM577 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ocean Street and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (939 reviews)

"Room was super clean and spacious. Easy check in and out."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
The price is RM782 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Santa Cruz Main Beach and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (947 reviews)

"Cleanliness & Good customer service from the staff."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
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.

Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Jayes Timberlane Resort
Jayes Timberlane Resort
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM478 per night from 7 Nov to 8 Nov

Situated in Ben Lomond, this holiday home is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Felton Covered Bridge Park and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Roaring Camp ...

3.9/5Very Good! (143 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful staff. Initially I had a room on the lower level and showed interest in the cabins with a view but they were not available. Upon arrival the attendant informed me one became available and was nice enough to upgrade me. Really made my stay pleasant and will definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Jayes Timberlane Resort
Fern River Resort
Fern River Resort
3 out of 5
5250 Highway 9, Felton, CA
The price is RM389 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Felton cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Roaring Camp Railroads. Felton Covered Bridge Park is 1.5 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (164 reviews)

"We loved the place! Cabins are far enough for social distancing and separation of guests."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2020

Fern River Resort
3440 Saint Deyns St House by RedAwning
3440 Saint Deyns St House by RedAwning
4 out of 5

Located in Eastside Santa Cruz, this golf holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Pleasure Point Park and Monterey Bay. Capitola Beach is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...

3440 Saint Deyns St House by RedAwning
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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