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About Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, located on the central coast of California, offers a variety of beach hotels that cater to every traveler's needs. With its stunning coastline and year-round pleasant weather, it's no wonder that beach hotels in Santa Cruz are highly sought after. Whether you're looking for a luxurious resort experience or a cozy boutique hotel, there is something for everyone.
One popular choice among beachgoers is the Dream Inn. Overlooking the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, this iconic hotel provides stunning ocean views and direct access to the beach. The modern and stylish rooms, complete with private balconies, ensure a comfortable stay. The Dream Inn also features a heated outdoor pool and a beachside restaurant, making it a top choice for those seeking relaxation and convenience.
For those looking for a more intimate and luxurious experience, the Chaminade Resort & Spa is a perfect option. Nestled among the redwood trees, this Mediterranean-style hotel offers a peaceful and tranquil setting. Guests can enjoy the nearby private beach or take advantage of the on-site spa and wellness center. The Chaminade also boasts a beautiful outdoor pool and a fine dining restaurant, making it an ideal retreat for couples or solo travelers.
If you're on a budget but still want to enjoy the beach experience, the Seaway Inn is an excellent choice. Located just steps away from Twin Lakes State Beach, this family-owned hotel offers cozy and affordable rooms. The friendly staff and casual atmosphere make for a pleasant stay. Guests can also take advantage of the picnic area and barbecue facilities, perfect for enjoying a beachside meal.
For a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience, the Sea and Sand Inn is worth considering. This charming boutique hotel offers breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and access to a secluded beach. The comfortable rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces and private balconies, providing a cozy and rustic ambiance. With its intimate setting and unbeatable location, the Sea and Sand Inn is a hidden gem among beach hotels in Santa Cruz.

8 properties available

  • Fern River Resort
    Fern River Resort
    5250 Highway 9, Felton, US
    • Arcade/Game room

    Escape to a serene retreat nestled along a scenic river. Relax in cozy accommodations surrounded by nature's beauty. Explore picturesque trails and indulge in tranquility at our enchanting resort.


    340 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$235.10including taxes & feesCheck Availability
  • Casablanca On The Beach
    Casablanca On The Beach
    101 Main St, Santa Cruz, US
    • Free WiFi

    A beachfront oasis in the heart of Santa Cruz. Experience the ultimate relaxation with stunning views, luxurious rooms, and world-class amenities. Paradise awaits at Casablanca On The Beach.


    1,111 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$460.74including taxes & feesCheck Availability
  • Beach Street Inn and Suites
    Beach Street Inn and Suites
    125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, US
    • Swimming pool
    • Free WiFi

    A charming hotel nestled in Santa Cruz offering a relaxing beachside getaway. Indulge in comfortable accommodations and a serene atmosphere for a truly rejuvenating experience.


    951 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$390.94including taxes & feesCheck Availability
  • Capitola Venetian Hotel
    Capitola Venetian Hotel
    1500 Wharf Road, Capitola, US
    • Free WiFi

    Experience the charm of this exquisite beachfront hotel. Unwind in comfortable rooms, soak in breathtaking ocean views, and indulge in exceptional amenities for an unforgettable stay.


    571 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$404.19including taxes & feesCheck Availability
  • Ocean Echo Inn and Beach Cottages
    Ocean Echo Inn and Beach Cottages
    401 Johans Beach Dr, Santa Cruz, US
    • Free WiFi

    Experience the charm of a beachfront getaway. Relax in cozy cottages with stunning views. Unwind and indulge in a serene coastal paradise.


    434 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$368.17including taxes & feesCheck Availability
  • Dream Inn Santa Cruz
    Dream Inn Santa Cruz
    175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, US
    • Swimming pool
    • Free WiFi

    A beachfront oasis in Santa Cruz. Experience the utmost luxury with breathtaking ocean views, spacious rooms, and unrivaled hospitality. Indulge in relaxation and create lasting memories.


    927 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$510.11including taxes & feesCheck Availability
  • Marea Sol Hotel
    Marea Sol Hotel
    301 Beach St, Santa Cruz, US
    • Free WiFi

    A beachfront oasis in Santa Cruz. Experience the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Unwind on pristine sands and indulge in coastal charm.


    325 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$327.83including taxes & feesCheck Availability
  • Capitola Hotel
    Capitola Hotel
    210 Esplanade, Capitola, US
    • Free WiFi

    Indulge in a beachfront retreat at this charming hotel located in Capitola. Relax in comfortable rooms, soak up ocean views, and savor delightful amenities for an unforgettable stay.


    297 reviews

    1 night, 2 adults$361.69including taxes & feesCheck Availability

Top picks in Santa Cruz

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    Beginner Surf Lesson

    Learn to ride the waves with a beginner surf lesson in Santa Cruz. Experienced instructors will teach you the basics of surfing, including paddling, standing up, and catching waves. Enjoy the thrill of catching your first wave and experiencing the joy of surfing in the beautiful waters of Santa Cruz.

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    California Scavenger Hunt

    Embark on a fun-filled California Scavenger Hunt in Santa Cruz. Explore the city while solving clues, completing challenges, and discovering hidden gems along the way. This interactive adventure is perfect for families, friends, or team-building activities. Enjoy the excitement of a scavenger hunt as you explore and uncover the best of Santa Cruz.

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    Self-Driving Audio Tour

    Discover the beauty of Santa Cruz at your own pace with a self-driving audio tour. This guided tour will provide fascinating commentary and stories about the city's history, landmarks, and attractions. Drive through scenic routes, learn interesting facts, and immerse yourself in the culture and charm of Santa Cruz with this self-guided adventure.

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    Mermaid Experience and Photoshoot

    Experience the enchantment of being a mermaid and have a photoshoot to capture the magical moments. Dive into the waters of Santa Cruz and transform into a mermaid with a mermaid tail. Pose for stunning photos while experiencing the whimsical world of mermaids. This unique and memorable experience is perfect for mermaid enthusiasts and photography lovers.


Top beaches in Santa Cruz

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    Natural Bridges State Beach

    Natural Bridges State Beach is known for its dramatic rock formations, tide pools, and beautiful sandy beach. It's a great spot for picnicking, exploring marine life, and enjoying scenic views.

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    Santa Cruz Main Beach

    Santa Cruz Main Beach is a popular stretch of sand located near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It offers a lively atmosphere, with beach volleyball courts, surfing spots, and a variety of shops and restaurants nearby.

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    Pleasure Point Beach

    Pleasure Point Beach is a favorite among surfers due to its consistent waves. Located in the Pleasure Point neighborhood, it also offers stunning coastal views and is a great spot for walking along the shoreline.

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    Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

    Santa Cruz Harbor Beach is a calm and family-friendly beach located near the Santa Cruz Harbor. It features a protected cove, making it ideal for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

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    Waddell Beach

    Waddell Beach is renowned for its strong winds and is a popular destination for wind and kite-surfing. It also offers beautiful coastal scenery and is frequented by birdwatchers.

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    Twin Lakes State Beach

    Twin Lakes State Beach is a serene and picturesque beach located near the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. It has soft sandy shores, picnic areas, and is an excellent spot for sunbathing and relaxing.


Top attractions in Santa Cruz

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    West Cliff Drive

    Enjoy a scenic drive along West Cliff Drive, a beautiful coastal road in Santa Cruz. Marvel at the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, watch surfers catch waves, and take a leisurely stroll along the pathway.

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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

    Visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a classic seaside amusement park. Enjoy thrilling rides, play games at the arcade, and indulge in delicious carnival food. Don't miss the iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster.

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    Mystery Spot

    Experience the Mystery Spot, a gravitational anomaly that defies the laws of physics. Explore the peculiar optical illusions and strange phenomena that occur within this mysterious area.

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    Wilder Ranch State Park

    Discover the beauty of nature at Wilder Ranch State Park. Explore scenic hiking trails, bike along the coast, and learn about the park's rich history as a former dairy ranch.

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    Santa Cruz Wharf

    Take a stroll along the Santa Cruz Wharf, a historic landmark and vibrant destination. Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, shop for souvenirs, dine at waterfront restaurants, and keep an eye out for sea lions and pelicans.