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Falling in Love with the Sunny Santa Cruz

San Cruz is a city with a sunny personality.  It is liberal and supports alternative communities. Its warmth does not stop there; its landscape is to die for. This city is home to the renowned Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a tree-lined downtown, which is a lovely sight come fall. Plus, there is certain beauty in walking through its redwood forests and pristine coastline. Indeed, Sta. Cruz is sunny all year round.

To make it easy for you, here are boutique hotels, five of the many affordable hotels in Santa Cruz.

Photo by  Ron V. via

Photo by  Ron V. via

Pacific Inn Santa Cruz: a Chic Hotel Downtown

Located near Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Pacific Inn Santa Cruz is the right place for adventure-seekers. Its Mediterranean-inspired rooms come with a microwave, coffeemaker, fridge, and flat-screen TV. For you to stay connected with friends and loved ones, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi connection not only in your room but also throughout the hotel’s parameters. Start your day with a delectable complimentary breakfast and end it with a dip in a semi-indoor pool.

Ocean Pacific Lodge: Pet-Friendly and Affordable

Finding a pet-friendly hotel can be taxing, but Ocean Pacific Lodge is one of the very limited hotels in Santa Cruz that welcomes your pet whom you treat as family. You can indulge in a boat tour, shopping, dining, or fishing in Santa Cruz wharf, which is just two blocks away from the hotel. Or walk your way to the amazing and legendary beach boardwalk. After a day of exploration, relax in your spacious and beach-themed room.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel: Sleep in Your Dream Beach Location

Either it is witnessing the rising of the sun from your balcony or joining the surfers riding the waves of their life, life here at Dream Inn Santa Cruz is more than dreamy for some reasons. One, the retro-chic boutique rooms, which have a big flat-screen TV, walk-in shower, and Keurig coffeemaker and premium coffee, provide you with a panoramic view of Monterey Bay.  Second, it is near to the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Third, the stunning Downtown Santa Cruz is within walking distance.

Hotel Paradox: Staying True to Its Name

On its way to becoming an Autograph Collection Hotel, Hotel Paradox is nothing short of marvelous and truthful to its name. Major reasons to stay here are its onsite Solaire Restaurant + Bar and its chic guestrooms. There is nothing ordinary about its 164 rooms’ and 6 suites’ handpicked furniture, posh bathroom and amenities, high-definition cable TV, and complimentary LAN and wireless Internet connection.  Unapologetically, all rooms and suites are non-smoking.

Casablanca On The Beach: Finding Love on the Shore

Right by the Atlanctic Ocean, there is no wonder, this hotel is named Casablanca On The Beach: falling in love with the coast is made much easier.  By its beachfront pool are surrounded by newly renovated cabanas, a perfect place to laze the afternoon away. If you are planning to stay longer, you can choose one of the 13 two-bedroom townhouses, which come with a fully equipped kitchen. Or simply choose from its 275 deluxe and roomy studios. Whatever you choose, it is guaranteed that you are going to fall in love.

So go ahead, fall head over heels with sunny Santa Cruz.

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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