Experiencing Santa Cruz, CA: Finding the Ideal Place to Unwind

Santa Cruz is not only a city by the sea, but also allows quick access to the redwood forests and mountains, which makes it appealing to many travelers. The climate is pleasant all year round, and you will soon come to realize that people have a laid-back lifestyle, which makes this place so charming. In regards to accommodation, Santa Cruz features a great number of motels and hotels — something for everyone.


Pacific Inn Santa Cruz

The Pacific Inn Santa Cruz is ideal for budget-minded travelers, as average prices are round $84 depending on the season. This place exudes a beachy, Mediterranean atmosphere and is conveniently located downtown, just minutes from the Boardwalk. You will enjoy the complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi; rooms come with a fridge and microwave for those planning to save a buck on food. After a day out, go for a dip in the semi-heated pool or relax in the spa tub. Free parking on-site is a plus, and your four-legged friend is welcome.

The Islander

When staying here, you are about a mile away from the beach and the popular Boardwalk, entertainment options, and restaurantsare within walking distance. Parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast to fuel your day are free at this charming family-owned motel. You’ll also find a pool for a refreshing round of swimming. For your convenience, complimentary bath products are provided. Room rates at The Islander Motel start as low as $60, but can go up depending on the season.

Casablanca on the Beach

Casablanca on the Beach calls for a romantic getaway, and the rooms are uniquely designed to create a Mediterranean atmosphere that comes with a romantic twist. Situated right at the beach, you either have ocean, garden or estate views. Keep in touch with loved ones by taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi. You can also bring your pet or enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant as the sun goes down. Afterward, grab a drink at the bar. Since this is an upscale hotel, rates vary between $190 for Queen and $430 for family rooms.

Ocean Pacific Lodge

With a modern, fresh touch, Ocean Pacific Lodge is specifically appealing to budget-minded travelers seeking a clean place to stay — a home away from home. Rates start around $130, but watch out for deals. You can start your day with free breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi, and you don’t have to pay for parking here. Relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub or enjoy complimentary coffee in your comfortable room. The lively downtown is nearby, and you’re only two blocks shy of the wharf.

Chaminade Resort & Spa

Chaminade Resort & Spa will make your trip to Santa Cruz even better. It’s a luxury retreat that will give your getaway a completely different touch by providing world-class service, a spa, a fitness, and great dining facilities. You can also go play a round of volleyball or tennis on-site. The hotel exudes a modern Spanish, Mediterranean atmosphere. Located on top of a mountain, this hotel is the perfect starting point for peaceful hikes. You can get a room for less than $200, but rates sometimes go up. The wine country is close by, or how about spending a day at the renowned Beach Boardwalk?

This piece was written in collaboration with Hipmunk, in the course of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels Campaign to bring you selected hotels for any budget, all around the U.S.