Looking for a place to stay in Santa Cruz County? Find a mountain retreat, a classic family motor lodge, a seaside motel with deck chairs and a laid-back vibe, a kid-friendly spot with a pool, or an upscale full-service hotel with plenty of onsite amenities. Traveling with your dog? There are plenty of pet-friendly choices! Check out – and check into – these options for hotels and motels in Santa Cruz County.
Spend your vacation next to the water! Hotels such as the Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Sea & Sand Inn offer rooms with access to Cowell Beach just steps away. Attractions such as the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and National Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center are all within walking distance of these centrally located hotels.
Travel further down the county to find hidden hideaway resorts perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Located in Aptos; Seascape Beach Resort sits amongst coastal bluffs, blooming foliage, and unbeatable views of the Monterey Bay. Pajaro Dunes Resort in Watsonville offers serene beach access and serves as a hatching ground for Snowy Plovers, a bird native to the region.
Take a dip in the pool at the Best Western Seacliff Inn, located in mid county. This oasis features heated swimming pool which is tucked amidst the property’s scenic garden walking paths. Click here for more hotel options that feature a swimming pool!
Looking for a pet-friendly option? Stay at Santa Cruz’ hidden gem – Ocean Echo & Beach Cottages, a dog-friendly property which is steps away from the local beach between Santa Cruz and Capitola or stay at Chaminade Resort & Spa, a mission style lodging option in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Chaminade offers pet-friendly accommodations, including a ‘Yappy Hour’ featuring tasty treats for your pooch. Hotel Paradox welcomes four-legged friends with a chalkboard refreshed daily, which includes the names of all dogs checking in.
See below for a full list of hotels and motels in Santa Cruz County!