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Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Jun 15 — Jun 162
Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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Santa Cruz hotels

Good to know

Low season

MayCheapest month to stay with an average 26% drop in price.

High season

JulyMost expensive month to stay with an average 45% rise in price.

Average price (weeknight)

R2 348Average Sun - Thu price over the last 2 weeks.

Average price (weekend night)

R3 758Average Fri & Sat price over the last 2 weeks.

When to book a hotel in Santa Cruz

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Top tips for finding perfect Santa Cruz hotel deals

  • If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Santa Cruz, you should consider visiting during the low season. You'll find cheaper accommodations in Santa Cruz in May and January.
  • Hotel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll most likely find the best hotel deals in Santa Cruz if you stay on a Sunday. The opposite is true for, Friday, which is usually the most expensive day.
  • Book at least 7 days before your stay begins to get the best price for your Santa Cruz accommodation.
  • How long should you stay? KAYAK users usually book their accommodation in Santa Cruz for 4 days.
  • Planning on visiting Santa Cruz with your family? Select a hotel adjacent to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, such as the affordable Aqua Breeze Inn. The Boardwalk is a beachfront amusement park that has a variety of carnival rides and games, making it a very popular attraction for kids.
  • If you’re hoping to spend most of your vacation by the ocean, choose one of the many hotels located within a five-minute walk of Main Beach, such as the Fireside Inn. Main Beach offers volleyball, swimming, and paddle boarding, and there are also lifeguards and public restrooms on site.
  • For art enthusiasts, choose a hotel near Santa Cruz’s Museum of Art and History, such as the Pacific Blue Inn, which is only a 10-minute walk from the museum. This museum contains exhibits highlighting contemporary California artists and history of the local area.
  • Downtown Santa Cruz contains a high concentration of the city’s shops, restaurants, and entertainment, including the Del Mar Theater and the Kuumbwa Jazz Theater. To be within walking distance of these attractions, select a hotel in the heart of this neighborhood, like the Cliff Crest Bed & Breakfast Inn, located just five blocks from Downtown.
  • If you would like to learn about the communities that are indigenous to the area, book a hotel near the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, such as the Ocean Gate Inn, located half a mile from the museum. The museum offers exhibits on the local people, animals, and geography, making it a great way to familiarize yourself with the history of the area.

FAQs when booking a hotel in Santa Cruz

  • Hotels are safe environments for travellers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Santa Cruz. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel.

  • The Casablanca Inn is less than half a mile to the Wharf and is located directly next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The Dream Inn is a 4-star choice that is a seven-minute walk to the Wharf, offering rooms with balconies that overlook the ocean.

  • There are several hotel options that are only a short drive away from the University of California campus. The Hampton Inn is only an eight-minute drive from the school, and it has a heated indoor swimming pool. The Best Western Inn is also an eight-minute drive from the campus and has free breakfast.

  • Because it is quite easy to explore Santa Cruz by car, booking a hotel with free parking helps you save money. The Beach Street Inn and Suites is only a minute walk from Cowell Beach and has free on-site parking and a community picnic area. The Hyatt Place is located 13 minutes on foot from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, with free parking for guests.

  • The Ocean Echo Inn & Beach Cottages is only a two-minute walk from SunnyCove and offers guests direct views of the ocean. The Seaway Inn is an affordable choice that is only a 10-minute walk from the Santa Cruz Wharf and offers views of the nearby beach.

  • After you launch a hotel search on KAYAK, you can refine your research by neighbourhood, which allows you to pick the central Santa Cruz districts. You can also do a search using the city map to choose a specific location, like Santa Cruz city centre

  • Take a look at our extensive hotel map to find the best hotels near you.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz?

Our map will help you find the perfect place to stay in Santa Cruz by showing you the exact location of each hotel.

Best Santa Cruz hotels

Most recommended Santa Cruz hotels

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Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection - Santa Cruz - Lobby
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection - Santa Cruz - Lobby
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet-friendly
Air conditioning
Chaminade Resort & Spa - Santa Cruz - Restaurant
Chaminade Resort & Spa - Santa Cruz - Restaurant
R432+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet-friendly
Casablanca On The Beach - Santa Cruz - Outdoor view
Casablanca On The Beach - Santa Cruz - Outdoor view
R553+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pet-friendly
Air conditioning
Ocean Gate Inn - Santa Cruz - Balcony
Ocean Gate Inn - Santa Cruz - Balcony
Ocean Gate Inn
6.5 Good
R180+
R180+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Inn At Pasatiempo - Santa Cruz - Bar
Inn At Pasatiempo - Santa Cruz - Bar
Inn At Pasatiempo
8.4 Excellent
R230+
R230+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Air conditioning
Ocean Pacific Lodge - Santa Cruz - Restaurant
Ocean Pacific Lodge - Santa Cruz - Restaurant
Ocean Pacific Lodge
8.5 Excellent
R247+
R247+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet-friendly
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Patio
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Patio
R260+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet-friendly
Beachview Inn - Santa Cruz - Outdoor view
Beachview Inn - Santa Cruz - Outdoor view
Beachview Inn
7.8 Good
R195+
R195+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Hotel Solares - Santa Cruz - Outdoor view
Hotel Solares - Santa Cruz - Outdoor view
Hotel Solares
6.5 Good
R257+
R257+
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet-friendly
Air conditioning
Comfort Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Pool
Comfort Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Pool
R213+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Air conditioning
Ocean Lodge - Santa Cruz
Ocean Lodge - Santa Cruz
Ocean Lodge
5.4 Okay
R334+
R334+
Parking
Pet-friendly
Air conditioning
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Lobby
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Lobby
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
8.2 Excellent
R280+
R280+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Air conditioning
Best Western Inn - Santa Cruz - Lobby
Best Western Inn - Santa Cruz - Lobby
Best Western Inn
8 Excellent
R225+
R225+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning

Santa Cruz hotels near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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National 9 Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
National 9 Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
R345+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Mission Inn - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
Mission Inn - Santa Cruz - Bedroom
Mission Inn
8.5 Excellent
R245+
R245+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Dream Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Balcony
Dream Inn Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz - Balcony
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
8.9 Excellent
R556+
R556+
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Air conditioning
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley - Santa Cruz - Lobby
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley - Santa Cruz - Lobby
R303+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet-friendly