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Santa Cruz overview

Surrounded by picturesque views of the sea and beaches, Santa Cruz is known for its live music, natural features, and sports. You're sure to enjoy all of the coffee and café options. Soak up some sunshine at popular spots in the area like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach. Make plans to visit the popular University of California Santa Cruz and Mystery Spot. Whatever you're into, Santa Cruz has something for you.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz

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

How to get to Santa Cruz

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

What to see around Santa Cruz

Fun activities like surfing and sporting events are on hand, along with attractions such as:
  • • Santa Cruz Harbor
  • • Ano Nuevo State Park
  • • Troutmere Fishing
The area's local highlights include its live music scene 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 recognized for its beaches, and top places for nature lovers include:
  • • Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
  • • Main Beach
  • • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • • Lighthouse Point Park
  • • University of Santa Cruz Arboretum
Some popular places in the area include:
  • • University of California Santa Cruz
  • • Mystery Spot
  • • Natural Bridges State Park