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Top 10 Things To Do In Santa Cruz

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Most Popular Booked Santa Cruz Hotels

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz $134
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
     
    4.8
    of 5, from 5 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This hotel features an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and valet parking. There's a spa tub on site, and a terrace and a convenience store are also provided.

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz $229
    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    Dream Inn Santa Cruz

    175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 57 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This resort features an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a restaurant. Relax with a drink at the bar/lounge and enjoy perks like free WiFi. Valet parking is offered and the front desk is staffed around-the-clock.

      Beachview Inn $84
      Beachview Inn

      Beachview Inn

      50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 11 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This motel features free self parking and free WiFi in public areas. Free continental breakfast is served.

        Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz $109
        Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

        Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

        1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 34 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This hotel features an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the sauna and free buffet breakfast.

          Rio Sands Hotel $72
          Rio Sands Hotel

          Rio Sands Hotel

          116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 14 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This motel features an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Guests will appreciate freebies like continental breakfast and free self parking.

            Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley $147
            Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

            Hilton Santa Cruz - Scotts Valley

            6001 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 33 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 5 conference rooms, as well as the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the 24-hour fitness center and perks like free self parking.

              Chaminade Resort & Spa $136
              Chaminade Resort & Spa

              Chaminade Resort & Spa

              1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 6 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and 4 outdoor tennis courts are all featured at this smoke-free resort. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 12 conference rooms, 24-hour business center, and free valet parking. Enjoy the outdoor pool and perks like free self parking and free WiFi.

                Casablanca On The Beach $139
                Casablanca On The Beach

                Casablanca On The Beach

                101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
                   
                  3.3
                  of 5, from 26 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This hotel features a restaurant, a rooftop terrace, and a bar/lounge. WiFi in public areas is free. Self parking, a garden, and a lobby fireplace are also offered.

                  Places To Go In Santa Cruz

                  Welcome, traveler, to Santa Cruz. Your journey has landed you here, and new adventures are calling your name. Now that you’ve arrived, you can stay in the safety and comfort of your hotel and watch the world spin past…or you can embrace this new place you’ve come to. Learn its streets. Meet its people. Learn its history. Your hand is already on the doorknob, isn’t it?

                  Things to Do in Santa Cruz

                  You’ll not be wanting for things to do in Santa Cruz. Explore the downtown area in search of museums and boutiques…or that next delicious meal. What tickles your fancy? A delectable five-course supper at the restaurant you’ve been hearing about? Or perhaps you’d rather read the paper while sipping hot coffee at one of the cafes scattered throughout town. Take in a show at the theatre, or just walk along down the main thoroughfare, watching people wander past.

                  Why spend hours ruminating over what to do in Santa Cruz? Let the possibilities wash over you as you explore this new region. Move out on foot and get to know the area on a more personal level. Find that perfect souvenir at one of the smaller shops, or reinvent your entire artistic aesthetic at your new favorite gallery.

                  Is the wind whispering suggestions in your mind? Rent a car and take it out beyond city limits and into the wild blue yonder. Explore the smaller cities and towns past the border, and get to know the stories behind them. Visit a county fair and let childhood memories wash over you as cotton candy melts in your mouth. Sample hand-made jam at a stop on a forgotten highway, or let the hustle and bustle of modern life sweep you away as you lose yourself in the organized chaos of a modern metropolis. Your choices are endless—and so are the adventures to come.

                  When you book your journey with Travelocity, you’re never far from Santa Cruz attractions. After all, the money you save when you plan a trip with us is best spent along the way. Whether it’s the roar of the city you crave, or the quiet solitude that comes with a simpler getaway, everything you need to get started is right here.