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Santa Cruz Vacation Packages

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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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Cruz

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Casablanca On The Beach ¥17,298
Reviewed on May 18, 2020
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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

    I loved the staff who checked us in! They were super accommodating and even gave us an upgrade! Love this hotel and definitely coming back!

    Mission Inn ¥9,286
    Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020
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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

      Well maintained property, located near restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, wineries and breweries.

      Capitola Venetian Hotel ¥20,474
      Reviewed on May 28, 2020
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      Capitola Venetian Hotel

      Capitola Venetian Hotel

      1500 Wharf Road, Capitola, CA
         
        4.2 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        I love the Venetian because of its unbeatable location- right off Capitola beach. But, it is older and loud. We were on the bottom floor- could hear EVERYTHING above us. And, the power flickered on and off a couple times, which was annoying, but not awful. Very roomy and clean though. Of course we'll ...

        Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley ¥14,979
        Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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        Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

        Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

        6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
           
          4.2 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          I liked the location, hotel was only a short drive from trails and the beach. However, the hotel smelled a little old and the toilet leaked every time we flushed.

          Fireside Inn Santa Cruz ¥8,082
          Reviewed on May 24, 2020
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          Fireside Inn Santa Cruz

          Fireside Inn Santa Cruz

          311 2nd Street, Santa Cruz, CA
             
            3.5 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Room was perfect for just one night stay. Walking distance to Santa Cruz beach board walk. Quiet and clean room. Definitely going back again.

            Rio Sands Hotel ¥12,392
            Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
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            Rio Sands Hotel

            Rio Sands Hotel

            116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
               
              4.1 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Staff were amazing; hotel was wonderful. My second time staying here.

              Comfort Inn Santa Cruz ¥9,068
              Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020
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              Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

              Comfort Inn Santa Cruz

              110 Plymouth St, Santa Cruz, CA
                 
                3.9 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very good breakfast service with a nice selection of items.

                Hyatt Place Santa Cruz ¥16,056
                Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020
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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

                  The staff was wonderful especially Laura with reservations!

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