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Santa Cruz is such a beloved part of California. With its 29 miles of sandy beaches and a whopping 14 state parks and beaches in all, it offers a truly unique experience for visitors. And the best way to maximize your beach time is to stay in a hotel near the ocean.

For those who want to be near the boardwalk and all the action, there are some Santa Cruz beach hotels within walking distance of all the fun. And for those who prefer a quieter stay, there are plenty of more peaceful options.

Casablanca Inn


If being right on the beach is what you desire, book a room at the Casablanca Inn. Located within walking distance of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Casablanca is an older building, but it’s in good condition. You won’t find a lot of luxury amenities, but the rates aren’t astronomical, and they have an onsite restaurant and bar and suites for bigger families.

To book: (831) 423-1570

Dream Inn


For a more inclusive experience, the Dream Inn is a beachfront hotel that warmly welcomes couples and families. Their “something for everyone” approach is evident by their amenities, which range from in-room dining to a heated pool with a seasonal pool bar. The hotel is meant to be a place to come together, so it’s a great place for groups to stay. They even offer wedding packages for couples who want to get married at the beach.

To book: (866) 774-7735

Rio Vista Suites


Of course, sometimes nothing but a romantic experience will do. For such an occasion, try the Rio Vista, a beautiful Victorian style home converted into a luxury hotel. It was originally constructed as a private estate in 1890, and it’s been lovingly restored while maintaining its original charm. The property sits on Beach Hill and has a gorgeous view of the beach and the boardwalk.  

To book: (831) 621-2929

Beach Street Inn and Suites 


Beach Street Inn and Suites is one of the top-rated hotels in Santa Cruz. Most of their rooms look directly over Cowell Beach and Main Beach, which you can enjoy from your patio or deck. They have a large variety of guest rooms ranging from pool patio rooms with two queen-sized beds to 675 square foot suites with separate bedrooms and enough beds to sleep six people comfortably. They have an onsite cafe, shops, a pool, and they even offer a complimentary espresso bar from 5-10 AM.

To book: (831) 423-3031

Hotel Paradox 


For a truly unique experience, book a stay at Hotel Paradox, where you’re encouraged to expect the unexpected. And considering the lobby desk is a giant eucalyptus tree trunk, it’s safe to say that this building is extraordinary. They have an onsite restaurant, a pool, a jacuzzi and a great fitness center.

To book: (831) 425-7100