Spectacular Santa Cruz

Local Area Guide

Situated in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, the Best Western Plus All Suites is less than two miles from the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and only one mile from popular attractions like Seabright Beach (widely recognized as the best beach in the area) and Santa Cruz Harbor and Wharf. Other popular attractions include Mystery Spot (3.6 miles), UC Santa Cruz (2.4 miles), West Cliff Drive (2.5 miles), and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (9 miles).

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

1 Mile - 15 mins Walk

Nestled along the stunning Santa Cruz coastline, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a quintessential California destination that captures the essence of fun, sun, and nostalgia. Boasting a rich history dating back to 1907, this iconic seaside amusement park offers a wide array of thrilling rides, classic games, and delectable food options, making it the perfect place for family-friendly entertainment. Whether you're seeking the adrenaline rush of the famous Giant Dipper coaster or simply craving a stroll along the sandy beach, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Santa Cruz Harbor

1 Mile - 15 mins Walk

The Santa Cruz Harbor is a picturesque marina nestled in the heart of one of California's most charming coastal communities. Surrounded by serene waters and stunning views of Monterey Bay, the marina is the perfect place for boaters and water enthusiasts to dock, relax, and soak up the beauty of the Pacific. With a plethora of amenities and services, including a variety of dining options, shops, and boat rentals, the Santa Cruz Harbor promises an unforgettable coastal experience that will leave you longing for more.

Downtown Santa Cruz

1 Mile - 15 mins Walk

Experience the vibrant energy of Downtown Santa Cruz. Boasting a charming mix of local boutiques, artisanal eateries, and cultural hotspots, this urban hub offers a unique blend of history and innovation. Whether you're strolling along the Pacific Avenue shopping district, exploring the fascinating museums and galleries, or simply soaking up the lively atmosphere, Downtown Santa Cruz promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates this dynamic city's creativity, diversity, and spirit.

West Cliff Drive

2.5 Miles - 8 Mins Drive

Escape to the stunning beauty of West Cliff Drive, where the breathtaking coastal vistas and invigorating sea air provide a rejuvenating escape from the stresses of everyday life. Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this scenic drive winds along the rugged shoreline and offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll along the iconic pathway, watching the surfers ride the waves, or simply savoring the natural beauty, West Cliff Drive promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the essence of coastal California living.

Mystery Spot

3.1 Miles, 7 Mins Drive

Discover the wonder of the Mystery Spot, a mind-bending attraction that defies the laws of gravity and challenges your perception of reality. Nestled in the lush forests of Santa Cruz, this unique destination offers a range of intriguing phenomena that will leave you amazed and mystified. Whether you're experiencing the mysterious slant of the cabin or exploring the gravity hill, the Mystery Spot promises a fun-filled adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Natural Bridges Monarch Trail

3.8 Miles, 12 Mins Drive

Embark on a journey of natural beauty and wonder at the Natural Bridges Monarch Trail, a breathtaking destination showcasing the Monarch butterflies' awe-inspiring migration. Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this ecological sanctuary offers a rare opportunity to witness the stunning spectacle of the Monarchs as they gather in large numbers and create a vibrant display of colors. Whether you're an avid nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the Natural Bridges Monarch Trail promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

Capitola Village

4.4 Miles, 10 Mins Drive

Experience the charming coastal community of Capitola Village, a quaint destination that boasts a picturesque setting, delightful shops, and delectable dining options. Located just a short drive from Santa Cruz, this historic village offers a unique blend of seaside charm and small-town hospitality. Whether you're strolling along the beachfront promenade, browsing the local boutiques, or indulging in gourmet cuisine, Capitola Village promises a truly authentic coastal experience.

Roaring Camps Railroads

7 Miles, 15 Mins Drive

Step back in time and embark on a historic journey through the redwood forests with Roaring Camp Railroads, a captivating destination that celebrates the rich heritage of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Located in the heart of this scenic region, this unique attraction offers a range of authentic steam train rides that transport you to a bygone era of adventure and excitement. Whether you're exploring the majestic landscapes, visiting the historic logging camp, or simply reveling in the old-world charm, Roaring Camp Railroads promises an experience that captures the spirit of the American West.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

7.5 Miles, 15 Mins Drive

Step into a world of wonder and enchantment at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a captivating destination that showcases the awe-inspiring majesty of California's towering redwood forests. Nestled in the heart of the mystical Santa Cruz Mountains, this sprawling park offers many hiking trails, meandering creeks, and serene picnic areas that beckon you to embrace the natural beauty surrounding you. Whether you're wandering among the giants of the forest, catching glimpses of the abundant wildlife, or simply soaking up the tranquil ambiance, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park promises a singular experience that celebrates the magic of California's natural wonders.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

1 Mile - 15 mins Walk

Nestled along the stunning Santa Cruz coastline, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a quintessential California destination that captures the essence of fun, sun, and nostalgia. Boasting a rich history dating back to 1907, this iconic seaside amusement park offers a wide array of thrilling rides, classic games, and delectable food options, making it the perfect place for family-friendly entertainment. Whether you're seeking the adrenaline rush of the famous Giant Dipper coaster or simply craving a stroll along the sandy beach, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Santa Cruz Harbor

1 Mile - 15 mins Walk

The Santa Cruz Harbor is a picturesque marina nestled in the heart of one of California's most charming coastal communities. Surrounded by serene waters and stunning views of Monterey Bay, the marina is the perfect place for boaters and water enthusiasts to dock, relax, and soak up the beauty of the Pacific. With a plethora of amenities and services, including a variety of dining options, shops, and boat rentals, the Santa Cruz Harbor promises an unforgettable coastal experience that will leave you longing for more.

Downtown Santa Cruz

1 Mile - 15 mins Walk

Experience the vibrant energy of Downtown Santa Cruz. Boasting a charming mix of local boutiques, artisanal eateries, and cultural hotspots, this urban hub offers a unique blend of history and innovation. Whether you're strolling along the Pacific Avenue shopping district, exploring the fascinating museums and galleries, or simply soaking up the lively atmosphere, Downtown Santa Cruz promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates this dynamic city's creativity, diversity, and spirit.

West Cliff Drive

2.5 Miles - 8 Mins Drive

Escape to the stunning beauty of West Cliff Drive, where the breathtaking coastal vistas and invigorating sea air provide a rejuvenating escape from the stresses of everyday life. Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this scenic drive winds along the rugged shoreline and offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll along the iconic pathway, watching the surfers ride the waves, or simply savoring the natural beauty, West Cliff Drive promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the essence of coastal California living.

Mystery Spot

3.1 Miles, 7 Mins Drive

Discover the wonder of the Mystery Spot, a mind-bending attraction that defies the laws of gravity and challenges your perception of reality. Nestled in the lush forests of Santa Cruz, this unique destination offers a range of intriguing phenomena that will leave you amazed and mystified. Whether you're experiencing the mysterious slant of the cabin or exploring the gravity hill, the Mystery Spot promises a fun-filled adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Natural Bridges Monarch Trail

3.8 Miles, 12 Mins Drive

Embark on a journey of natural beauty and wonder at the Natural Bridges Monarch Trail, a breathtaking destination showcasing the Monarch butterflies' awe-inspiring migration. Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this ecological sanctuary offers a rare opportunity to witness the stunning spectacle of the Monarchs as they gather in large numbers and create a vibrant display of colors. Whether you're an avid nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the Natural Bridges Monarch Trail promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

Capitola Village

4.4 Miles, 10 Mins Drive

Experience the charming coastal community of Capitola Village, a quaint destination that boasts a picturesque setting, delightful shops, and delectable dining options. Located just a short drive from Santa Cruz, this historic village offers a unique blend of seaside charm and small-town hospitality. Whether you're strolling along the beachfront promenade, browsing the local boutiques, or indulging in gourmet cuisine, Capitola Village promises a truly authentic coastal experience.

Roaring Camps Railroads

7 Miles, 15 Mins Drive

Step back in time and embark on a historic journey through the redwood forests with Roaring Camp Railroads, a captivating destination that celebrates the rich heritage of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Located in the heart of this scenic region, this unique attraction offers a range of authentic steam train rides that transport you to a bygone era of adventure and excitement. Whether you're exploring the majestic landscapes, visiting the historic logging camp, or simply reveling in the old-world charm, Roaring Camp Railroads promises an experience that captures the spirit of the American West.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

7.5 Miles, 15 Mins Drive

Step into a world of wonder and enchantment at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a captivating destination that showcases the awe-inspiring majesty of California's towering redwood forests. Nestled in the heart of the mystical Santa Cruz Mountains, this sprawling park offers many hiking trails, meandering creeks, and serene picnic areas that beckon you to embrace the natural beauty surrounding you. Whether you're wandering among the giants of the forest, catching glimpses of the abundant wildlife, or simply soaking up the tranquil ambiance, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park promises a singular experience that celebrates the magic of California's natural wonders.

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