Hotel At a Glance: The Casablanca Inn
You can get sweeping views of Monterey Bay from the Casablanca Inn, a historic and repurposed private mansion-turned hotel set directly on the Main Beach of Santa Cruz. The hotel is built into the hillside above the water, where you'll be within walking distance of the city's beachy shops and boardwalks. Rooms, bungalows, and suites are all uniquely designed, and The Casablanca offers a complimentary continental breakfast daily.
- Steps from Main Beach, popular for tanning and swimming
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and wharf are within walking distance
- Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast every morning
- Rooms with fully equipped kitchens; some have gorgeous beach views, fireplaces, and plush sitting rooms
- German cuisine is featured at the Tyrolean Inn Restaurant, a 15-minute drive from the Inn
Santa Cruz, California: Laid-Back Surf and Skating Town
Santa Cruz is located is the middle of California, about a 90-minute drive southeast of San Francisco. A progressive and eco-conscious town, Santa Cruz draws in a crowd looking for a relaxing spot to commune with nature.
Its main attraction? Its beaches, where people come year-round to sail, dive, stand-up paddleboard, and most importantly, surf. A major spot for surf culture, Santa Cruz is home to O'Neill Wetsuits, Santa Cruz Surfboards, and Santa Cruz Skateboards, and boasts 11 world-class surf breaks, including one of the best surfing spots in the world, Pleasure Point. Dive into retro beach culture at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, which features vintage boards, surf-movie posters, and old photographs.
One of the most fun things to do in town is stroll along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk which is open on the weekends until Summer. Voted the "World's Best Seaside Amusement Park," it offers mini golf and arcades live at Neptune's Kingdom; along the coastline, there are heart-pounding roller coasters and skateboarders. Honor the city's skating tradition by grabbing a board and heading to the famous Santa Cruz Skate Park, which is open seven days per week and free to the public. It features a street course, a fullpipe, and classes for beginners and advanced skaters alike.