HI Santa Cruz is a picturesque cottage perched atop the historic Beach Hill neighbourhood. The hostel is in a convenient location, only two blocks from beaches, the wharf and the Boardwalk Amusement Park, and only 5 blocks to downtown. All public transportation is within walking distance.

This Santa Cruz hostel offers dorms and private rooms. Guests can enjoy the pretty gardens, common room, kitchen and dining hall. With Internet and laundry facilities available on site, this is the perfect base for exploring the city.

One of the highlights of Santa Cruz is the Beach Boardwalk which dates from 1907 and is the oldest beachfront amusement park on the West Coast. The boardwalk has a glorious old-school Americana vibe and its most famous rides include the half-mile long Giant Dipper, a vintage 1924 wooden roller coaster, and the 1911 Looff carousel – both National Historic Landmarks.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Relaxing
  • Sightseeing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sports & Activities

Green rating



The fact that we don't have access to the hostel during the day isn't great. We should have access to the facilities all the time. We aren't kids...


Avatar for Guillaume


Fri 20 Mar 2015

Travel tips...

Where next?

Monterey, Carmel

Avatar for Rikki


Sat 05 Apr 2014

Attraction tip

Walking along the beach or West Cliff Drive at night and seeing the locals do their thing. Kayaking Elkhorn Slough. Monterey Bay Aquarium

Avatar for Carrie


Mon 16 Jun 2014