- Hotel Paradox:   Contemporary boutique Hotel close to downtown ($$$)

- Best Western Plus All Suites InnLarger suite style rooms, 5 min away ($$)

- Comfort InnNo frills hotel with nice rooms and close to everything ($)

- Airbnb.comLots of local rooms + houses in the area to choose from

- Kayak.comBest place to search and compare latest hotel prices



- New Brighton State BeachExcellent coastal location + facilities ($35+)

- Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkSleep amongst the giants ($35+)

- Santa Cruz Redwoods RV ResortNear redwoods + river ($45+)



- Lillian's Italian Kitchen:  Outstanding (and abundant!) Italian restaurant ($$)

- Crow’s NestPopular beachside eatery near the harbor ($$)

- BarcelonettaEpic Tapas in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz ($$$)

- Cafe LimelightPanini, soups & salads...a local favorite with character ($)

- Hula’s Island GrillHawaiian surf theme with delicious eats ($$)

- The Crépe PlaceIconic locals spot with outstanding diner Crépes ($$)

- El PalomarGreat taco bar and pitchers of margaritas ($)

- Pono Hawaiian GrillTraditional Hawaiian eatery with top notch Poke ($$)

- Tacos MorenoA DeLa local favorite, and damn good ($)


Beer + Wine 

- Sante Adairius:  The most comprehensive choice of beers in town

- El PalomarLarge open roof bar + restaurant downtown

- LüpuloSmall plates and a great beer selection downtown

- Santa Cruz Mtn BrewingAward winning, certified organic brewery

- West End Tap & KitchenExcellent eats + a large selection of beers

- Vino Prima Wine BarEpic setting on the Santa Cruz Wharf

- Discretion Brewingfamily-owned, handcrafted organic beer

- SoifSmall plates and great wine selection 



Santa Cruz Highlights:  

This quintessential California beach town offers a wealth of outdoor activities from surfing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, golfing or just lazing on the beach. An abundance of year-around activities, combined with the natural beauty of the Monterey Bay, make Santa Cruz an epic hub for outdoor enthusiasts.  It’s also home to the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the historic Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, UC Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and nearby Big Basin Redwood forests.


Visit SantaCruz.org to explore all the area has to offer.


Monterey Excursions:  

The Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky.  While it’s a given that the natural beauty of the area draws the visitor, it’s the endless activities including world-class golf, biking, sailing, wine tasting and fine dining that keep one coming back.  Monterey’s rich history, the historic Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a spectacular assortment of parks and natural areas combine to provide a truly unrivaled place for your next getaway.


Visit SeeMonterey.com to explore all the area has to offer