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Visiting Santa Cruz

Looking for a package getaway?
Here are local hotels that have whale watch packages with us:



The new Hotel Paradox in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, is introducing a chic vibe to hotel lodging on the Central Coast. Designed with a fine eye to detail, the boutique Hotel Paradox features top-level hospitality, sophisticated hotel rooms and suites, modern amenities, meeting space, and a full-service restaurant and bar. Experience Santa Cruz from the new perspective of Hotel Paradox.

611 Ocean Street , Santa Cruz , California 95060
Phone: 831-425-7100 | Reservations:855-425-7200


whale watching in monterey caWhen whale watching in Monterey CA stay at the Seascape Beach Resort. Located just south of Santa Cruz, Seascape Beach Resort offers 285 luxurious suites and villas overlooking the Monterey Bay. You’ll find all the comforts of home, plus the services and amenities of a four-diamond resort. Do anything you like or do nothing at all. With 17 miles of private beach, fine dining, and a full range of activities to choose from, Seascape Beach Resort has everything you need to make your experience memorable.

Rated #1 Hotel in Aptos by Trip Advisor with 5 stars by Orbitz

Seascape Beach Resort on Monterey Bay
One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA 95003-5854




AAA approved/2 Diamonds. Newly renovated rooms. 100% smoke free hotel. Wireless High Speed Internet Access, complimentary SuperStart Breakfast, in-room coffee makers, plasma TV’s w/HBO, ESPN, hairdryers, micro/fridges, free parking, jacuzzi rooms available. Walking Distance To Beach & Boardwalk (2 blocks), surfing at the Lighthouse Fisherman’s Pier. University of Santa Cruz, the Famous Redwoods Roaring Camp. Wineries, museums and art galleries nearby.

As our guest, you can leave your car in the parking lot and walk to the Boardwalk, Beach, Wharf, Restaurants, and other local attractions without driving and parking hassles. You can fully enjoy your stay in Santa Cruz.

338 Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060



Peaceful elegance mere minutes from Pacific Coast Highway 1, and Santa Cruz in the coastal community of Aptos, the Heart of the Monterey Bay Area, featuring:

Natural Environment
Minutes from Town
Delicious Food
Extensive Gardens
Art & Antiques
Registered “Green” B&B
Proprietor Kris Sheehan has created a simple yet sophisticated bed and breakfast retreat, an exquisite European-style country inn. Historic Sand Rock Farm is the perfect Santa Cruz Bed and Breakfast because of the ideal location just outside the city. A fusion of ‘Country Inn’ and ‘European Retreat,’ we provide unparalleled blend of gracious hospitality, a serene environment, and lodging convenience.

Rated #1 of 4 B&B’s in Aptos with 4.5 stars by Trip Advisor

Historic Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast
6901 Freedom Blvd.
Aptos, CA 95003
Telephone: (831) 688-8005



We overlook the Pacific Ocean … nothing less.

A Bed & Breakfast Inn By The Sea In Beautiful Santa Cruz, California

The Darling House is a 1910 oceanside architectural masterpiece designed by William Weeks. Lighted by the rising sun through beveled glass, Tiffany lamps and open hearths, and the grace of genuinely open hearts, the Darling House welcomes you into an experience of peaceful elegance.

The Darling House A B&B Inn by the Sea
Innkeeper(s):Darrell & Karen Darling
314 W Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-458-1958



We specialize in “The complete resort experience”. Chaminade Resort & Spa has it all – the Spa at Chaminade, luxurious guest rooms, delectable dining outlets, spacious & flexible meeting space, gorgeous wedding venues and not to mention over 200 acres of natural beauty overlooking the Monterey Bay.

The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Chaminade Resort & Spa is a spectacular mountaintop retreat in Santa Cruz. Our historic Mission-style resort overlooks sweeping views of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Newly refreshed by a $15 million dollar renovation, Chaminade is a luxurious destination for executive meetings, celebrations and getaways. Enjoy color palettes inspired by California coast, contemporary Spanish furnishings, and world-class amenities. Chaminade is just five minutes from golf courses, the beach and downtown Santa Cruz. Escape to a haven of unsurpassed service.

Chaminade is the first hospitality business in Santa Cruz County to receive a “Green Business Certification” for its environmental efforts.

  • AAA Four Diamond Resort
  • IACC Approved Conference Resort
  • Views of Monterey Bay
  • 300 Acres of Native Woodland
  • 156 Newly Renovated Guest Rooms & Suites
  • Full Service Spa and fitness center
  • Pool, Tennis & Private Hiking Trails
  • 5 Minutes from Golf, Beaches & Downtown Santa Cruz
  • Certified Green Business
  • 30 Minutes from San Jose International Airport

Chaminade Resort & Spa
One Chaminade Lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Reservations: 831-475-5600




Centrally located in the South San Francisco Bay area, between Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay, the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley hotel offers ideal hotel accommodations for business and leisure travelers alike.

Our Santa Cruz hotel is only four miles from scenic Highway 1 and just ten minutes away from local beaches and the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Santa Cruz, CA hotel guests are also situated only thirty minutes from the San Jose International Airport, one hour from Monterey/Carmel and just over an hour away from San Francisco.

The Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, CA hotel features 156 beautifully appointed hotel guest rooms and 18 luxurious suites, featuring separate living and dining room areas and upgraded amenities such as a whirlpool bathtub. Guests of our hotel in Santa Cruz, California are invited to enjoy:

  • Wireless complimentary high-speed Internet access
  • Dual-line speaker phones with data port and voicemail
  • Microwave oven, refrigerator and coffee maker
  • Iron, full-size ironing board and hairdryer
  • Pay-per-view movies and video games
  • USA Today delivered each weekday morning
  • Satellite/Cable television
  • Ergonomic desk chairs and MP3/Radio alarm clocks
  • Our hotel in Santa Cruz, CA also offers on-site dining at Cafe Max, featuring a casual, creative menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, as well as a range of Santa Cruz Mountain wines.

Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
6001 La Madrona Drive
Santa Cruz, California
Tel: 1-831-440-1000
Book your package now!




Redwood trees, mountains, nearby Santa Cruz
Fairview Manor Bed and Breakfast is a cozy five room “bnb” mountain house in a redwood setting, minutes from Santa Cruz beaches
A whole generation can identify with Santa Cruz, America’s beach town. And some grew up nearby, literally, at historic Fairview Manor Bed & Breakfast, in Ben Lomond, CA. It was back when muscle cars ruled, mini skirts were the rage, and the Supreme’s reigned supreme. High above the San Lorenzo River, nestled in redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Fairview Manor B&B remembers the “Can-Do” Children of the Sixties. Fairview Manor is a B&B for this generation & friends.

Fairview Manor’s colorful history has unfolded in the mountains of Ben Lomond, California for more than a half century. Add in two generations of gracious hospitality, and you have the making of a great getaway, free of pretensions

Outdoors, miles of trails wind through redwood forests and rambling grounds. Fairview Manor itself is situated in a redwood grove, in the mountains above the San Lorenzo River
Indoors, each homey room comforts you with a private bath. Spacious common areas feature a giant fire place. In the morning, wake up refreshed, and enjoy a full breakfast
In walking distance, find two favorite local restaurants. Ciao Bella, is a Back Roads favorite. It wines and dines you in Decor-Gone-Mad. The more down-to-earth Tyrolean Restaurant & Beer Garden serves local Bavarian specialties. Don’t miss either one
You won’t believe you’re in the mountains when you discover the easy drive to Santa Cruz, UCSC (University of California Santa Cruz), Santa Cruz Natural Bridges, and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California’s quintessential beach town on the California Central Coast.

Fairview Manor Bed & Breakfast
245 Fairview Avenue
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Tel: (831) 336-3355




Welcome to Best Western Capitola by-the-Sea Inn & Suites!
Centrally located in Capitola, this award winning central California hotel offers easy access to a variety of local attractions.

The friendly staff at the Best Western Capitola By-The-Sea Inn & Suites is ready to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay in central California. The hotel offers easy access to Capitola Beach and Wharf, Antonelli Begonia Gardens and historic Capitola Village offering unique shops, art galleries and fine dining restaurants.

The hotel offers spacious well-appointed guest rooms, each featuring a mini refrigerator, microwave, satellite television with HBO and high-speed Internet access. Guests who prefer more spacious accommodations may choose a mini-suite with fireplace or a 2-room suite with in room spa. Hotel amenities include a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, an outdoor heated swimming pool, spa, exercise facility, dry cleaning services and meeting space to accommodate up to 82 guests.

The Best Western Capitola By-The-Sea Inn & Suites is near great surf spots for avid surfers such as Pleasure Point, Surf Bowl and Lighthouse Point. Less than an hour’s drive away, guests can visit Carmel by the Sea, the Steinbeck Museum, Monterrey Bay and the Redwood Forest.

Rated 3 stars by AAA

Best Western Capitola by-the-Sea Inn & Suites
1435 41st Avenue
Capitola, California 95010-2912
Phone: 831/477-0607




New Santa Cruz, CA Hotel Near the Boardwalk

You can relish the comforts of home when you choose to stay at the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz East. Our hotel’s location offers easy access to the Boardwalk, picturesque beaches, towering redwoods and terrific shopping. Our new Santa Cruz, CA hotel is the perfect starting point for a trip to Northern California.

Corporate guests appreciate our business amenities and the location of our hotel in Santa Cruz, CA. We are located near local businesses such as Plantronics, Santa Cruz County Offices and UC Santa Cruz. We offer free high-speed, wireless Internet access and a 24-hour business center, so you can stay productive while you travel.

You can enjoy a barefoot stroll along the beach, thrill rides at the historic Santa Cruz Boardwalk or a visit to the Surfing Museum because our Santa Cruz hotel’s location is perfect for a California vacation. The family might love a ride on the Roaring Camp Railroad through the Redwood forest. It’s easy to take a vineyard tour, indulge in shopping at the Capitola Village or take a stroll along the Santa Cruz wharf.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
1410 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060





Welcome to Howard Johnson Inn – Fisherman’s Wharf

Whether you are on a business trip or on a vacation with your family, the friendly staff at Howard Johnson Santa Cruz at the Pier can accommodate your needs to make your stay comfortable and relaxing! We assure that your stay at Santa Cruz Howard Johnson can be relaxing and fun for you and your family.

Located one block from the beach and the wharf, the Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz at the Pier is located approximately 30 miles from the San Jose International Airport. The hotel is within walking distance of many shops and dining venues. Every morning, guests can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast. There is a heated spa in the inn’s courtyard area. The hotel also offers ice/vending machines, 24-hour front desk, free parking, and free local calls. The Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz is one mile from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, five miles from the Mystery Spot, and nine miles from Roaring Camp and Big Trees. Each room has air-conditioning, am/fm clock radio, high-speed Internet access, and cable TV. Irons are available at the front desk. Non-smoking and handicapped-accessible rooms are available. Amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room), Refrigerator, Iron, Television (Cable/Satellite), Microwave Oven, Daily Maid Service, In Room Broadband Internet Access, Telephone (Voicemail), Kitchen/Kitchenette, Balcony/Terrace Hotel Details:

  • 30 Rooms / 2 Floors
  • Built in 1994
  • Electronic Key
  • Multi-lingual Staff
  • Common Area High speed Access
  • Smoke Alarm in Rooms
  • Photocopy Service
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Computer Use Available
  • Common/Public Areas Accessible to Wheelchairs
  • Parking Area Well Lit
  • Common Area Wireless Access
  • Restaurant in Hotel

Howard Johnson Inn Santa Cruz
130 W Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95060