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



my luggage sucked half inch of dust just from touching the floor.The sheets were grey from overuse hopefully not because they were not clean.it was extremely hot and the windows do not move..etc etc


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Tue 28 Jul 2015

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Attraction tip

The Santa Cruz Mission was fascinating! Wilder Ranch had 4th of July live music & demonstrations of historic farm crafts. We rode our bikes 15 miles north to Swanton Berry Farm to pick strawberries & eat chocolate-covered-berries. Terrific!

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Mon 13 Jul 2015

Budget meal tip

I've already forgotten the name of the restaurant we ate at.

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Mon 13 Jul 2015