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Babbling Brook Inn Star Rating 3        
1025 Laurel Street

Surrounded by lush gardens and a brook, this serene, upscale B&B in an 18th-century grist mill is a block from Highway 1, an 11-minute walk from Downtown and 0.9 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.Featuring French country decor and scenic views, the bright rooms offer feather beds, fireplaces and private bathrooms, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers.
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.
The Islander Motel Star Rating 2        
522 Ocean Street

This laid-back, 2-story budget motel is less than 1 mile from Downtown Santa Cruz and 1.2 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.The bright rooms feature unfussy, traditional furnishings, free Wi-Fi and cable TV with premium channels.
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.
Torch Lite Inn Star Rating 2        
500 Riverside Avenue

This low-rise motel is 7 minutes' walk from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 4 miles from Natural Bridges State Beach and a mile from Santa Cruz Wharf.The straightforward rooms feature 40-inch TVs with premium cable, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and work desks. Microwaves and minifridges are available on request.
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area Star Rating 2        
314 Riverside Ave

This bright, modern hotel is a 3-minute walk from Santa Cruz Beach and 1.1 miles from Downtown Santa Cruz. Hallcrest Vineyards is 7.
Comfort Inn Santa Cruz Star Rating 2        
110 Plymouth St

Set 1.6 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, this relaxed hotel is also 5 miles from Natural Bridges State Beach.Traditional rooms feature free Wi-Fi and TVs, plus microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers.
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz Star Rating 3        
1505 Ocean Street

This casual hotel off Highway 1 is 2 miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 4 miles from Natural Bridges State Beach.Classic rooms include free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus custom-designed beds, desks and coffeemakers; some have sofabeds. Suites add separate living areas.
Paradise Inn By The Beach Star Rating 2        
311 2nd Street

Set 2 minutes from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, this unassuming motel is 1.1 miles from downtown Santa Cruz and 4.7 miles from the Mystery Spot.
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.
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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.