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, within walking distance of the city's beachy shops and boardwalks. Rooms, bungalows, and suites are all uniquely designed, and The Casablanca offers daily complimentary continental breakfast.
- Spacious accommodations: Choose between rooms in the Cerf Mansion or bungalows facing the ocean. Each has a full equipped kitchenk
- Steps from Main Beach a popular spot for tanning and swimming
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and wharf are within walking distance
- Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast every morning
- Use your $50 credit on German cuisine at the Tyrolean Inn Restaurant, a 15-minute drive from the Inn. This deal also comes with a bottle of wine at the Tyrolean.
Santa Cruz, California: Laid-Back Surf and Skating Town
A progressive and eco-conscious town, Santa Cruz draws those looking for a relaxing spot to commune with nature. About a 90-minute drive southeast of San Francisco. the town features renowned beaches, where people come year-round to sail, dive, stand-up paddleboard, and most importantly, surf. There are several surfing businesses in town—O'Neill Wetsuits, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Santa Cruz Skateboards—and for good reason: the town boasts 11 world-class surf breaks, including one of the world's best surfing spots, 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 funnest 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.