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Santa Cruz Holiday

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.


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Mission Inn NZ$211
Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019
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Mission Inn

Mission Inn

2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
     
    4.2 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    A lot of ammenities. Room could have been better vaccuum.

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz NZ$402
    Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2019
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    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Overall it was very nice . Room was pleasant and restaurant was good.

      Casablanca On The Beach NZ$287
      Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019
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      Casablanca On The Beach

      Casablanca On The Beach

      101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
         
        3.7 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great location! Big dog relief area !! Expensive, but Santa Cruz, on the beach, in season.

        Hyatt Place Santa Cruz NZ$282
        Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2019
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        Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

        Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

        407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          very clean. Room is spacious. Pool is nice (has shower in the corner).

          Ocean Pacific Lodge NZ$193
          Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2019
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          Ocean Pacific Lodge

          Ocean Pacific Lodge

          301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
             
            4.0 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            We have stayed here several times. We like how close it is to the boardwalk and to the downtown area, you can walk to either.

            Brookdale Lodge NZ$206
            Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2019
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            Brookdale Lodge

            Brookdale Lodge

            11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale, CA
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Wonderful Gem!! Loved the property, location and the staff!! All were very accommodating and nice. I would stay here again and recommend to anyone!

              Best Western Plus All Suites Inn NZ$203
              Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2019
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              Best Western Plus All Suites Inn

              Best Western Plus All Suites Inn

              500 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA
                 
                3.9 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very nice hotel! Breakfast could be improved a little! There was only Bacon, but a mix of Bacon and Sausage would have been nice. INot everybody likes Bacon! The room we stayed in could also use a little TLC. But overall it was a very good stay!

                Chaminade Resort & Spa NZ$364
                Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2019
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                Chaminade Resort & Spa

                Chaminade Resort & Spa

                1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The property was very lovely and peaceful with quiet guests

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