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Santa Cruz Travel Guide

Santa Cruz is an iconic Californian vacation destination, with a bustling boardwalk and home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. From thrill rides and surfing to sunbathing on the beach and watching the sunset, Santa Cruz is somewhere special. Downtown also has lots of shopping opportunities for some retail therapy, including Pacific Garden Mall. Foodies will love the dining options in Santa Cruz too. There is everything from artisan ice cream shops to al fresco dining with a view. In particular, seafood is beloved in Santa Cruz.

Things to Do in Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a must when in the city. Always a fun atmosphere, there are arcades, mini golf, and rides; pretty much something for everyone to enjoy. In particular the Giant Dipper is a famous thrill ride but the Looff Carousel offers a more relaxed experience for those who don't love adrenaline. At the Santa Cruz Wharf, vacationers can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, as well as visit the lounging sea lions. In addition, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a fascinating way to spend the afternoon. And the seaside Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is a crowd favorite as it addresses the history of Santa Cruz's favorite sport. Of course, visitors that want to relax can hang out on the golden sandy beaches in Santa Cruz, as well as enjoy a range of water sports. For surfing, head to the Steamer Line.

Best Time to Visit Santa Cruz

The summer in Santa Cruz is popular. For less crowds and cheaper accommodation, head to Santa Cruz in September to November.

Price and Availability Index in Santa Cruz

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Cruz is in July, while the cheapest month is in January. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Santa Cruz is in the high season in July. Santa Cruz has its low season in January, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Santa Cruz tends to be Tuesday, while the most expensive day tends to be Saturday. Vacation homes in Santa Cruz tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

The weather in Santa Cruz

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Santa Cruz. The hottest month in Santa Cruz is June, when temperatures peak at 107 ˚F. The coolest month is December, when temperatures drop to 28 ˚F. The wettest month in Santa Cruz is January with 28.44 inches of rain, while the driest month is December with 0.09 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Choose the perfect accommodation for your trip at AllTheRooms.com. We aggregate Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and more. We have 1864 vacation rentals, hotels and other accommodation types in Santa Cruz ranging from budget options to luxury places to stay. A trip to Santa Cruz can be affordable - our lowest price accommodation is available at $10 per night. On average, a place to stay in Santa Cruz will cost you $259 per night.

If you want to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 939 accommodations in Santa Cruz that have WiFi. We have 85 accommodations that come with a breakfast included. Fitness addicts can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 22 accommodations that have gym facilities. If you are driving to Santa Cruz, you'll want to pick from 863 places to stay that provide parking. 40 accommodations come with a pool or jacuzzi

If you're traveling with a furry friend, then be sure to choose one of the 186 pet-friendly accommodations available.

In Santa Cruz AllTheRooms currently aggregates hotels, vacation rentals, hostels from more than 9 providers, including 697 places to stay from Airbnb, 38 accommodations from VRBO and 38 places to stay from Homeaway.

1262 of our accommodations in Santa Cruz have been reviewed and rated. 73% are rated excellent or good. You can instantly book any of 357 places to stay right now.

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