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City overview

Unique features here include beaches and museums. You're sure to find the coffee and bar options to your liking. Learn about local heritage at popular landmarks in the area like Mystery Spot and Winchester Mystery House. Make some time to see popular sights such as Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and University of California Santa Cruz. If you're looking for a family-friendly getaway, this place is for you.

Where to stay

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels with Hotels.com by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around each hotel so you can refine your search within the larger area. The best hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get there

Fly in to San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), 27.9 mi (44.9 km) from the city center. Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula) is the next closest major airport, 28 mi (45.1 km) away.

What to see in the area

Fun activities include attractions such as:
  • • Santa Cruz Harbor
  • • Ano Nuevo State Park
  • • Troutmere Fishing
Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory
  • • Roaring Camp Railroads
  • • Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
  • • Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
  • • Centennial Recreation Center
The area's local highlights include its museums and places like:
  • • Museum of Art & History
  • • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
  • • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
  • • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
  • • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
It's notable for its beaches and favorite places for nature lovers that include:
  • • Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
  • • Main Beach
  • • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • • Lighthouse Point Park
  • • University of Santa Cruz Arboretum
Some top sights in the area include:
  • • University of California Santa Cruz
  • • Mystery Spot
  • • Winchester Mystery House
  • • Gilroy Premium Outlets
  • • Santa Clara University