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Pacific Inn Santa Cruz Pleasant 6.5 Heated swimming pool, Cleanest, Free wifi
Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre Hotel Fabulous 8.6 Everything! Can't beat the location and balcony!!!
Ocean Pacific Lodge Very good 8.1 Everything about this place was clean, elegant, and a good value - self-serve waffle station was awesome for breakfast!!!!
Fireside Inn Good 7.2 Great location, very friendly owners, well-kept place right in the middle of everything!
Best Western PLUS All Suites Inn Very good 8 Spa Big rooms Great service Price
Sunset Inn - Santa Cruz Good 7.8 If the price could be lower, that will be better. :)
Seaway Inn Fabulous 8.6 Location, value for money, room.
The Inn at Pasatiempo Good 7.5 Lovely room and restaurant. Food good and staff very nice
Hotel Paradox Very good 8.5 we really enjoyed the pool and location to the centre of town
Beachview Inn Good 7.5 Friendly management, free ice machine, comfortable beds, nice small breakfast, 2 mins walk to beach and pier , would come here again for sure
Coastview Inn Good 7.8 This was right up by the water front with plenty of facilities nearby.
The Babbling Brook Inn Superb 9.1
Carousel Beach Inn Very good 8.4 Newly renovated room. Lot of space. Very good WiFi friendly staff. Clean. I'll be staying here again if I go to Santa cruz.
Mission Inn Very good 8.2 We appreciated the warm, attentive nature of your team. Thank you for another lovely, quiet and social visit.
Sea & Sand Inn Fabulous 8.6 The decor of the bedroom and the view of the sea were spectacular. Very friendly staff.

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    Surfin’ USA in Bohemian CA

    Santa Cruz was surf central California long before the Beach Boys sang about it. The Surfing Museum in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse tells stories of those who have braved some of the world’s best waves.

    Overlooking the ocean rollers are the Coconut Grove Ballroom and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - the oldest amusement park in the state of CA, and the last original one on the West Coast. Its historic carousel, rollercoasters and rides are a colourful backdrop to Cowell’s Beach, best viewed from the Sky Glider cable cars.

    Jutting into Monterey Bay is the wharf where sea lions bask and pelicans decide on their next meal. Seafood restaurants are abundant here and the bars provide lively nightlife. Pacific Avenue is the main shopping area and one street away is the Museum of Art & History.

    Unsurprisingly for a surfer hotspot, the city has a liberal outlook and is known for political activism - a far cry from the era when the Santa Cruz Mission was established. The mission is now a state park alongside Natural Bridges Beach and the Big Basin Redwoods in forested hills behind the city, home to the gravity-defying Mystery Spot.’s Santa Cruz accommodation includes pet-friendly motels, hotels with hot tubs and cheap inns near UCSC.

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    • We had a front room that looked straight onto the beach, volleyball nets on beach for public use as long as no tournaments on. Plenty of places to eat on the beach front or drive into the town. Sea Lions live at end of pier

    • This hotel is really worth travelling for! The best location in Santa Cruz. Literally on the beach, with great views to the pier, ocean and - as an extra bonus: views to both sunrise and sunset from the balcony. It is a cute boutique hotel, and it feels almost like a little piece of the old French Riviera has been cut out and placed in Santa Cruz.

    • Great location on the beach, nice room. Pool attendant very helpful providing beach chairs and parasol on the sand.

    • Waffles Near the boardwalk and downtown.

    • Friendly staff and helpful in providing info. Flyers/voucher on activities available at lobby (like in many other Hotels of California). Free WiFi is always appreciated. Big room. Breakfast included. Parking lots.