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Lanai Lodge Santa Cruz Star Rating 2        
550 Second St

Unfussy hotel offering basic rooms, some with ocean-view balconies or kitchenettes, plus free Wi-Fi...
Ocean Pacific Lodge Star Rating 2        
301 Pacific Avenue

This unassuming budget hotel is within a mile from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Wharf.Simple rooms have free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Some rooms add separate sitting areas and/or whirlpool tubs.
Days Inn and Suites Santa Cruz Star Rating 2        
600 Riverside Drive

This simple, colorful 3-story hotel is a 4-minute drive from the Cabrillo Highway, a mile from Santa Cruz Wharf and a 10-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.Casual rooms include free Wi-Fi and TVs, plus microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. They also have patios or balconies.
Capri Motel Santa Cruz Star Rating 2        
337 Riverside Avenue

This simple, bi-level motel is 0.3 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 3.3 miles from Natural Bridges State Beach and 4.
Ramada Limited Santa Cruz Water Street Star Rating 2        
516 Water St

This simple hotel in a low-rise building is 1.4 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 3.1 miles from Pasatiempo Golf Club.
Bay Front Inn Star Rating 2        
325 Pacific Avenue

This relaxed hotel is a 13-minute walk from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 3 miles from Natural Bridges State Beach and 4 miles from the quirky Mystery Spot visual-illusion attraction.Accessed via exterior corridors, the homey rooms feature hardwood floors, and offer complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV, plus microwaves, minifridges and Keurig coffeemakers. Airy studios add sofabeds and/or kitchenettes.
Mission Inn Santa Cruz Star Rating 3        
2250 Mission Street

This modest Spanish Colonial-style hotel is located 1.9 miles from the Santa Cruz Wharf, 2.2 miles from the Beach Boardwalk and 2.
Beachview Inn Santa Cruz Star Rating 1        
50 Front Street

This modest hotel sits 3 minutes' walk from the Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk and iconic Municipal Wharf. It's 3 blocks from a beachfront shopping, dining and entertainment strip.Standard rooms offer air-conditioning and cable TV with premium movie channels.
Quality Inn Santa Cruz Star Rating 2        
1101 Ocean Street

This modest hotel is 2 miles from the Giant Dipper rollercoaster on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and 8 miles from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.Unassuming rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers.Complimentary perks include parking for trucks and RVs, and continental breakfast served in an informal dining room.
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn Star Rating 3        
500 Ocean Street

This modest all-suite hotel is 0.9 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 2.2 miles from Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and 3.
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Santa Cruz embraces sculpted surfers, aging hippies, free thinking students, and same sex couples. The atmosphere here is a fun loving but far from hedonistic, intellectual but nowhere near stuffy, This small city exudes fun whether you find it gobbling cotton candy on the Boardwalk or sipping wheat grass at poetry readings. Santa Cruz is on the northern tip of Monterey Bay 65 miles south of San Francisco. Through west Santa Cruz highway 1 becomes Mission Street. The University of California of Santa Cruz (UCSC) blankets the hills inland from Mission St, Southeast of Mission St, lies the coastline, The many shops, restaurants and clubs of downtown straddle Pacific Avenue. Many lots around downtown offer 3 hour free parking and day long parking can be found west of town along W. Cliff Drive about 10 minutes walk from the beach.

Santa Cruz gets jam-packed in summer especially on weekends; room rates sky rocket and vacancies plummet. Always make reservations. Some recommended accommodations include Carmelita Cootage Santa Cruz Hostel, The Harbor Inn as well as Big Basin Redwoods State Park which is just twenty five miles north west of Santa Cruz. It is also California's oldest state park and home to 18000 acres of old growth and recovering redwood forest. The park also features great sites and breezy tails.

A few eateries can be found along the beachfront but downtown is home to the most reasonably priced restaurants, pizza joints, and coffee shops. Santa Cruz has a great beach but the water is frigid. It requires courage and sometimes a wet suit to take full advantage of the waves.

Many casual beach-goers catch their thrills on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. First opened in 1907, the Boardwalk is now a three block strip of rides, guess your weight booths, shooting galleries, arcade games, and corn dog vendors. It's gloriously tacky throwback to 50s era beach culture. The traditional favorite is the Giant Dipper, the 1924 wooden roller coaster where Dirty Harry met his enemy in 1983's Sudden impact. The Santa Cruz Wharf off Beach St is the longest car accessible pier on the West Coast. Seafood restaurants and souvenir shops will try to distract you from expansive views of the ocean.

The Santa Cruz Beach (Cowell Beach) is broad and reasonably clean, and packed with volleyball players. Novice surfers and families may refer semi-sheltered Cowell Cove, just west of the wharf and the more secluded beaches that line Highway 1. For nightlife, there are comprehensive event listings in the free Metro Santa Cruz and in Spotlight in Friday's Sentinel. The Boardwalk bandstands offers free summertime Friday concerts around 6:30 and 8:30pm.