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Sea & Sand Inn
Sea & Sand Inn
9.2 Excellent

1.6 km from city centre, Santa Cruz Show on map

ExcellentBased on 154 reviews
9.2

Sea & Sand Inn is situated in Santa Cruz and is close to local sightseeing spots, including Undertow Roller Coaster and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is moments from Cowell's Beach and is near the area's well-known attractions and dining spots.

Quality Inn Santa Cruz
Quality Inn Santa Cruz
7.5 Good

1.1 km from city centre, Santa Cruz Show on map

GoodBased on 226 reviews
7.5

Quality Inn Santa Cruz provides a modern setting when in Santa Cruz. It also features free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.

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Cheapest month:May
Most expensive month:July
Average price in Santa Cruz:$220/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$54/night
Cheapest day:Monday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$165 - $325
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
$157 - $240
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

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Sea & Sand Inn
Sea & Sand Inn
9.2 Excellent

1.6 km from city centre, Santa Cruz Show on map

Sea & Sand Inn is situated in Santa Cruz and is close to local sightseeing spots, including Undertow Roller Coaster and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is moments from Cowell's Beach and is near the area's well-known attractions and dining spots.

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Quality Inn Santa Cruz
Quality Inn Santa Cruz
7.5 Good

1.1 km from city centre, Santa Cruz Show on map

Quality Inn Santa Cruz provides a modern setting when in Santa Cruz. It also features free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.

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Quality Inn Santa Cruz
Quality Inn Santa Cruz
7.5 Good

1.1 km from city centre, Santa Cruz Show on map

Quality Inn Santa Cruz provides a modern setting when in Santa Cruz. It also features free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.

$110
Avg. per night
Sea & Sand Inn
Sea & Sand Inn
9.2 Excellent

1.6 km from city centre, Santa Cruz Show on map

Sea & Sand Inn is situated in Santa Cruz and is close to local sightseeing spots, including Undertow Roller Coaster and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is moments from Cowell's Beach and is near the area's well-known attractions and dining spots.

$303
Avg. per night

Where to stay in Santa Cruz

About Santa Cruz

The Californian city of Santa Cruz is famous for its moderate climate, redwood forests and beautiful coastline. Sitting just below San Francisco, on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, the sunshine city is a beach goers paradise.

Things to do

Santa Cruz is home to one of the oldest beachfront amusement parks on the west coast, located on the Beach Boardwalk. After loading up on sugar-coated doughnuts, take a ride on the Giant Dipper for an old-school American adrenaline rush.

For an action-packed day of sun, sand and sports, head to Twin Lakes State Beach where you can enjoy surfing, kayaking and sunset stand-up paddleboard classes. Afterwards, retire to the Crow’s Nest Restaurant to dine on fresh seafood fettuccine and delicious grilled dishes.

Downtown Santa Cruz is perfect for strolling around at a leisurely place. Hop from boutique shop to quirky cafe in search of the perfect souvenir or hire a bike to zip around the area like a local. For a sweet treat, head to the Santa Cruz Farmers Market to pick up some baked goods.

Seymour Marine Discovery Centre is an educational centre located next to Natural Bridges State Beach. Children and adults alike can wander around the interactive science exhibits and dip an arm into the aquarium’s touch pools. Make sure to get a picture in front of the large blue whale skeleton outside.

Getting around

Mineta San Jose International Airport is under one hour north of Santa Cruz, and Monterey Regional Airport is the same distance to the south. Once in town, the downtown district is pedestrian-friendly, though the metro bus service runs regularly for longer trips.

Santa Cruz travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Santa Cruz?

    Quality Inn Santa Cruz is a very popular hotel in Santa Cruz, with a score of 7.5 from 226 reviews. Best Western Plus All Suites Inn (7.5 from 799 reviews) and Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz (7.1 from 338 reviews) are also highly rated Santa Cruz hotels based on recent feedback from HotelsCombined users.

  • What is a good hotel near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk?

    Best Western Plus All Suites Inn is a hotel near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk that is popular with HotelsCombined users, scoring 7.5 across 799 reviews.

  • What is a good hotel in Santa Cruz near Pasatiempo Golf Course?

    Inn At Pasatiempo is the most recommended hotel near Pasatiempo Golf Course on HotelsCombined (scoring 8.4 over 505 reviews).

  • Is there a good hotel near Santa Cruz Harbor?

    320 HotelsCombined reviews of Ocean Echo Inn And Beach Cottages score it 8.7/10, making it a highly recommended hotel near Santa Cruz Harbor.

  • How much do hotels in Santa Cruz cost?

    Hotels in Santa Cruz cost an average of $261/night according to HotelsCombined data in the last 72 hours. A 4- or 5-star hotel in Santa Cruz had higher average prices of $358/night and $953/night, respectively.

  • How much is a cheap hotel in Santa Cruz?

    $83 per night is the cheapest Santa Cruz hotel price found in our data from the last 72 hours.

  • How much is a hotel in Santa Cruz tonight?

    A hotel in Santa Cruz tonight can start as low as $151 for the night, with an average cost of $286, based on HotelsCombined searches over the last 72 hours. For a 4-star hotel in Santa Cruz tonight, prices start from $322.