So many have written great reviews about this property and I don't want to be redundant, but when you find a place that makes you happy, you've just got to share the love! All of the staff were helpful and wonderful, especially Cecilia, who we found out has worked at the Sea and Sand for 21 years! She is a shining example of service with a smile. There were thoughtful little touches--a small note on our table to remind us to set our clocks back one hour before we went to bed (spring forward, fall back!) and gifts of salt water taffy. Yes, the full ocean views are incredible, as are the sunrises. Yes, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance (the pier comes to mind--try Fire Fish), and you'll find a nice little binder in your room filled with what is happening in and around Santa Cruz in addition to restaurant choices. Yes, the rooms are on the small side but they are tastfully decorated and so very clean. If you forgot your hairdryer (I did), you'll find they supply one in a black bag in the closet! The rooms could use a little soundproofing, which would be my only gripe, but I almost feel bad saying that because our stay was just perfect at the Sea and Sand!! We will definitely return to this little gem.