Whether you have the luxury of a few nights or just 24 hours of do-not-disturb, these favorite places top the list for a romantic getaway in Santa Cruz.
SEASCAPE BEACH RESORT
Dramatic views of Monterey Bay, the sound of crashing waves, and miles of sandy beach are the backdrop for romance at Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos. The condo-style accommodations provide the essentials for private beachside living, yet room service and in-suite massages are just a phone call away. For couples who enjoy cozying up to a fire, grab Seascape’s bonfire-to-go kit and stoke your own flames on the beach below. www.seascaperesort.com
INN AT DEPOT HILL
Inn at Depot Hill is a favorite among locals and out-of-towners celebrating everything from honeymoons and anniversaries to an overdue weekend away. With rooms named for far-away destinations like Paris, Cote d’Azur and Valencia, the inn transports beyond its Capitola Village location. Accommodations are tastefully appointed for romance with many of the rooms featuring a gas fireplace, deep soaking tub for two, and a private patio. www.innatdepothill.com
SANTA CRUZ DREAM INN
Overlooking the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and one of the top surfing beaches on the California coast, Santa Cruz Dream Inn adds an air of flirty fun to romantic getaways. The retro-chic property, part of the Joie de Vivre family of hotels, offers romance packages, a swanky restaurant and full bar, ocean view hot tub, heated pool, and free use of beach cruisers to pedal scenic West Cliff Drive. www.jdvhotels.com