Take some time to relax and unwind along the rejuvenating coastlines of Santa Cruz County, where the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore are sure to soothe the soul. Take a tranquil hike amidst the towering redwoods, breathing in the fresh mountain air. For those who need a bit of assistance to find nirvana, Santa Cruz offers a variety of therapeutic remedies, from massages and facials to sunset strolls on the sand, that will restore your body and soul.


Spread along miles of pristine California coastline, the Pajaro Dunes Resort promises a weekend of serenity. Escape the distractions and stresses of home in a luxurious beachside vacation rental just steps from the sand. Feel the weight lift off your shoulders as you decide whether to spend the day combing the shore, reading from your oceanview deck, or discovering the wildlife at Elkhorn Slough. You’ll find yourself slowing down to the pace of nature during your stay at this secluded retreat along the Monterey Bay.


There’s no need to set an alarm at Seascape Beach Resort, where you can enjoy breakfast in bed before receiving your choice of relaxing In-Suite Spa Treatments, from a full body massage to a warm shell treatment, all within the comfort and privacy of your room. Let the soothing sounds of the ocean and the warm crackling of the fireplace lull you into the deepest state of relaxation. End this blissful day with a bonfire on the beach – s’mores included – or opt to stay in and enjoy the sunset from your private oceanview balcony.


Unparalleled views of Monterey Bay await at the Dream Inn, where you can watch the sunset – or sunrise, if that’s your vibe – wrapped up in a plush robe on your own private balcony. Dive into relaxation at the only oceanfront hotel situated in the city of Santa Cruz, where you’ll gain access to the beachside heated pool, hot tub, and bar. Take a dip overlooking Cowell Beach and the historic Santa Cruz Wharf, sip on a poolside cocktail, and watch the waves from the comfort of a chaise lounge. There are even fire pits to keep the crisp ocean breeze at bay! Savor the sea’s offerings at the Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge, where expertly crafted cocktails and a seasonally, regionally-driven menu embody the surf culture of Santa Cruz while offering spectacular seaside views. At the end of the day, the soothing sounds of the surf reach every retro-chic room, lulling you to a restful slumber that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.


Perched on a hilltop with 300 quiet acres offering breathtaking views of Monterey Bay, the Chaminade Resort & Spa has everything you need for a full day of pampering. Achieve pure relaxation with a full body massage and invigorate your skin with a facial or exfoliating body treatment. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, exploring miles of scenic hiking trails through the surrounding forest. Stop in post-hike to the fitness center, where you can loosen up your muscles in the heated pool, hot tubs, steam room, and sauna. When you’ve worked up an appetite, savor the seasonal fare at The View at Chaminade. Linger over your meal by the warmth of a fire overlooking acres of trees stretching down to the twinkling lights of Santa Cruz and the sparkling blue of the ocean below.


Just blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a serene escape can be discovered at the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Cruz. After a day of fun in the sun, restore your energy with a revitalizing spa treatment from Spa Nalini. Enter a deep state of relaxation through massage therapy, facials, body exfoliation, and more. To end the evening, cozy up by one of the outdoor fire pits before snuggling into the plush bedding in your spacious room. You’ll leave the Courtyard by Marriott feeling well-rested and restored!


Step into vacation mode at the Seacliff Inn, a coastal-cool haven where visitors can relax and recharge after a full day of exploring all that Santa Cruz County has to offer. Retreat to your room, where a plush bed and cozy amenities await! Unwind as you take in the garden views from your private patio, take a dip in the heated pool, and hop into the hot tub for a satisfying soak. Enjoy a bite on the relaxed outdoor patio at Sevy’s Bar + Kitchen, with views of a tranquil waterfall flowing into a koi pond below. For a more laid-back evening, you can order food and drinks to be delivered poolside. After the sun sets, settle into your sumptuous 300-thread-count sheets for a truly rejuvenating rest that’s sure to leave you feeling refreshed by morning.


For those living locally or not staying at a property with spa-like amenities, find tranquility in a relaxing and restorative treatment at one of the spas around Santa Cruz County. A hidden gem in Downtown Santa Cruz, Yōso Wellness Spa is a green-certified business taking a holistic approach with “True Care from Skin to Soul” through facials, massage, acupuncture, oncology esthetics, eco-friendly nail services, lash extensions, waxing, and more! Their friendly and knowledgeable staff takes extreme care in their customers and the treatments and products they offer. Also Downtown, Tea House Spa and Well Within Spa are wonderful options for a spa day! Private hot tub rooms, saunas, and massages are offered at these long-standing retreats in the heart of Santa Cruz.

Updated 2024