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- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
- Capitola Beach
- Big Basin Redwoods State Park
- Seacliff State Beach
- University of California Santa Cruz
- Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
- Rio Del Mar Beach
- Mystery Spot
- University of Santa Cruz Arboretum
- Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
- Natural Bridges State Park
- Main Beach
- Roaring Camp Railroads
- New Brighton State Beach
- Pasatiempo Golf Course
- Seascape Golf Club
- Pleasure Point Park
- Cabrillo College
- Cocoanut Grove
- DeLaveaga Golf Course
Best hotels in Santa Cruz (and vicinity)
Ever wonder where surfing got its start in the USA? Look no further than the epitome of California beach living—Santa Cruz. With its iconic Beach Boardwalk, majestic state parks, plethora of crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and much more, Santa Cruz has something for every traveler. Whether you’re in town for business, or on holiday with friends or family, there’s no better way to book your stay than with Hotels.com. As experts in travel, we can help you book the best hotel for your specific needs, either online or over the phone with our travel experts. Our Santa Cruz hotels are searchable online and listed with detailed information, photos, and user reviews from real guests and with over 1 million reviews and various filters, you’re sure to find the best hotel for stay. Whether you choose to book a hotel on the beach or on the outskirts of town, Hotels.com can help you find your perfect hotel in Santa Cruz.
What's Santa Cruz like?
Santa Cruz has a reputation as a beach town and surfing hot spot, but this coastal town has more to offer than just its beachfront. Check out the nearby state parks, catch a play at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, go for a ride at the Beach Boardwalk’s amusement park, or look around local art galleries on your stay in Santa Cruz, many near Santa Cruz hotels. In the winter, Santa Cruz is home to animals like monarch butterflies and elephant seals enjoying the mild, Mediterranean climate but rains can disrupt many outdoor activities in the fall and winter. Summertime is high-season in Santa Cruz and prime beach weather, but fall and spring also offer fantastic weather, with fewer crowds. While Santa Cruz is known for its beaches, the city is also home to a vibrant university and rimmed by redwood forested mountains. Take a day trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and check out nearby Roaring Camp Railroads where you can take a train to the Boardwalk or Bear Mountain. Wine tasting, hiking, whale watching, scuba, and more await you in Santa Cruz.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Santa Cruz
While Santa Cruz is serene and warm year-round, locals love the fall. The summer temperatures can linger into November when summertime’s tourists have all gone home. If you want to experience Santa Cruz like a local, this is the ideal time to do so while staying in one of the many lovely Santa Cruz Hotels. Springtime is also a prime time to visit Santa Cruz without the hassle of crowds. By mid-March, Santa Cruz locals are already enjoying warm weather, sunny skies, and summertime activities. Shark Fin Cove and Greyhound Rock are some little-known local favorites for impressive beach views around Santa Cruz. Shark Fin Cove is best known for its geological formations – namely the fin-shaped rock in its center – but also offers a secluded beach and amazing views. Not far from Shark Fin Cove, you’ll find Greyhound Rock is a dog-friendly park scattered with tide pools teeming with life. Locals also recommend the Beauregard Winery, said to be the founding place of the “Pet Rock” and known to be home to some fantastic Syrah. Don’t worry about the morning fog that sets in across Santa Cruz, as locals say it will typically pass by afternoon. Be sure to pack some sunscreen!
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