We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The quintessential California beach town of Santa Cruz! It was here that surfing was first brought to the mainland by Hawaiian royalty. Home to the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined downtown area, and the historic Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, which stretches out a half-mile into the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Other highlights include UC Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and nearby redwood forests.
Read more Read less
Discover Santa Cruz, California
Planning your Santa Cruz trip?
We'll search 200+ sites to find the best hotel prices, so you don’t have to.
Airports nearby (1)
Plan your day of travel
SJC
Mineta San Jose Intl Airport
28.2 miles from Santa Cruz
WAS-SJC
Low airfares recently found by TripAdvisor travelers
|
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
77° 54°
August
76° 53°
September
69° 47°
October
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...

Official Santa Cruz Info Center

Sponsored by:
Check In Check Out
    There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
    • {providername} {price}
    {providername} {price}
      {listitems}
    {sold_out_text}
    We can't find prices for this accommodation
    From {rate_price} {rate_periodicity}
    Sponsored by:

    Top-rated Santa Cruz Things to Do

    Browse all things to do
    Discover more about Santa Cruz, California
    Learn more from Visit Santa Cruz County
    Annual Santa Cruz County FairAnnual Santa Cruz County Fair
    EVENT
    Five days of fun and festivities, including a large carnival. Safe, fun and affordable.
    September 14, 2016 - September 17, 2016
    Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (2601 East Lake Ave., off Hwy. 152), Watsonville
    Free Friday Night Bands on the BeachFree Friday Night Bands on the Beach
    EVENT
    Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk's Beach Bandstand every Friday night in summer with top bands of the 80s and 90s! Shows start at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
    June 17, 2016 - September 1, 2016
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
    Open Studios Art TourOpen Studios Art Tour
    EVENT
    3 Weekends - 10/1-10/2, 10/8-10/9, 10/15-10/16 - Visit artists in their studios, learn about their processes, purchase original works of art. Mobile app and...
    October 1, 2016 - October 15, 2016
    Various locations, Santa Cruz County
    Capitola Begonia FestivalCapitola Begonia Festival
    EVENT
    The 64th Annual Festival will feature a sand sculpture contest, a fishing derby, and more. Watch the nautical parade of festive begonias at Soquel Creek.
    September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016
    Stockton Ave and The Esplanade, Capitola Village
    34th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival34th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
    EVENT
    23 Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Free admission.
    September 10, 2016 - September 10, 2016
    Capitola Village, Capitola
    Interested in Santa Cruz?
    Get updates with the latest deals and traveler reviews every week.
    Sign up
    Pricing Information

    *Prices are based on 1-21 day travel. These are the best fares found by travelers who searched TripAdvisor and a select group of our fare search partners in the past 72 hours. Ticket prices and seat availability change rapidly and cannot be guaranteed.