Santa Cruz is one of the many cities and towns along the Southern California coastline that is popular with travelers in the region who are looking for that perfect combination of fun things to do and beautiful scenery to relax in. This city is full of lots of touristy sights and activities, and its location right on the coast means that many of them are beach-related. Not bad for a vacation destination! And as a bonus, there are lots of cheap hotels in Santa Cruz in addition to the more expensive places to stay.

Depending on what kind of vacation experience you are looking for, you will find an accommodation option that works for you. From the super-cheap backpacker hostels and motels to the sweeter and more charming B&Bs in town, and everything in between, you can rest assured there are several cheap hotels in Santa Cruz to choose from. Just be sure to book well in advance if you want to have your pick of the litter – weekends especially tend to fill up fast, and even more so during the high season.

Surfing is big in Santa Cruz, so if you are not already a surfer this could be your big chance to give it a try. But even if you are not interested in trying it out yourself, you can still enjoy watching others ride the waves or touring the Surf Museum yourself. The Beach Boardwalk is another popular tourist attraction, complete with all the usual amusement park rides you would expect. To get away from that kind of attraction, check out the nice parks in the area, including California’s oldest state park – Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

A few of the cheap hotels in Santa Cruz which you may want to check out are The Bay Front Inn (short walk from beach, close to downtown, free continental breakfast, internet access available, outdoor pool, some rooms with jacuzzis), Seaway Inn (on a hillside overlooking Monterey Bay, short walk to Beach Boardwalk & downtown, some family suites available, free continental breakfast, free internet access, free parking), Best Western All Suite Inn (a few blocks from Beach Boardwalk & downtown, fitness center & steam room, free internet access, free continental breakfast, laundry facilities), Torch Lite Inn (2 blocks from Beach Boardwalk, 3 blocks from downtown, 38 rooms, outdoor pool, laundry facilities, free WiFi access, free continental breakfast), and Best Western Inn (1 mile from Beach Boardwalk, free internet access, outdoor hot tub, free continental breakfast, free parking).

Map of Santa Cruz Hotels