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

Green rating



My first stay at SC Hostel. I am a car-free bike rider and I found the accommodations satisfactory. It was a bit difficult getting my bike out of the rack with all the other bikes there, but no worries, I just need to allow more time to navigate the situation. Thank you for all the pastries and other goodies to start the day at 5:00am! :)


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Sun 13 Apr 2014

I love the hostel in Santa Cruz. The staff is awesome, the place is great!!!!


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Fri 11 Apr 2014

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Where next?

Monterey, Carmel

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Sat 05 Apr 2014