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 cottages were a lovely surprise as was the free food and beverages in the well equiped kitchen. The atmosphere was calm and peaceful and the setting lovely. Would definitely recommend hi Santa Cruz. Would suggest the hours of closure during the day be reduced. 11am-5pm is too long.


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Tue 21 Apr 2015

WiFi is only good in the main building. Guests should be warned not to leave entry doors open when not in dorms.


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Mon 20 Apr 2015