HI - Santa Cruz Hostel at the Carmelita Cottages, Santa Cruz

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Description

Spend carefree days on the sandy beaches, explore the coast lines down to Big Sur, and up to Half Moon Bay or San Francisco, and enjoy the tranquility of our garden, with benches, majestic trees, and the warm atmosphere of our cozy Hostel. Steamer Lane, just around the corner, is one of the best West Coast surfing spots, both for beginners, and "hang ten" gurus. The University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) is located in one of the most scenic and beautiful locations within the U.S., within an 800 ha. redwood forest, and overlooking the Monterey Bay. Henry Cowell State Park, Nisene Marks, and Capitola Village are closeby and Monterey can be reached within one hour. Santa Cruz offers all the thrills, outdoors and indoors that make weary travelers consider it a fun stay!

Cozy, convenient, cottage setting. Private,family, and dorm rooms starting at $20.00. Relaxing common area, kitchen, gardens. 3 minute walk to beach/5 minute walk to downtown. No alcohol/drugs allowed.

Location and Contact

Location

• Hostelling International in Santa Cruz is located at the historic Carmelita Cottages, nestled in a garden on Beach Hill. It is only two blocks away from the beach, wharf, boardwalk, and amusement park, and it is also only five blocks away from downtown Santa Cruz.
• Directions By Car: Beach Hill between 2nd & 3rd Streets. 75 miles south of San Francisco, 33 miles west of San Jose, 43 miles north of Monterey. From all highways take Ocean Street until it ends, turn right on San Lorenzo Blvd. Turn left on Riverside, turn right on 3rd St, turn left on Main. The hostel is 1/2 block on the right. Restricted parking by permit only, directions and parking permits available at hostel for a small fee.
• Directions By Bus: Santa Cruz Greyhound Station at downtown Metro Station, .8 miles, exit station on Front St, turn right down Front St. toward the beach, cross Pacific Ave, take footpath up hill to 3rd St, turn left on 3rd St, walk 1/2 block and turn right on Main St. The hostel is 1/2 block on the right. A 15 minute walk, taxi is approximately $5.
• Directions By Airport: San Jose Airport (SJC), 34 miles. Commercial shuttle by reservation: Santa Cruz Airporter, approximately $35. Public transit: Catch the Airport Flyer Shuttle at the airport (free shuttle, route #10). Get off at the Santa Clara Cal-Train station. Get on a southbound Cal-Train, travel 1 stop and get off at San Jose Diridon station ($1.75). Take a "Highway 17 Express" bus to the Santa Cruz Metro Center stop ($4.00). Follow walking instructions listed under "by bus" above.
• San Francisco Airport (SFO), 61 miles, Santa Cruz Airporter, approximately $40. Public transit: Take Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from the airport, travel south 1 stop to the Millbrae station ($1.25). Transfer to a southbound Cal-Train and travel to the San Jose Diridon station ($4.50). Take the a "Highway 17 Express" bus to the Santa Cruz Metro Center stop ($4.00). Follow walking instructions listed under "by bus" above.
• Directions By Train: San Jose Amtrak Station at Diridon/Cahill St, 32 miles, take Amtrak bus to Santa Cruz Metro Station. Exit station on Front Street and follow directions by Bus above.

Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Bedsheets

Luggage Storage

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Gameroom

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Service Animals

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8 AM - 11 AM & 5 PM - 10 PM (08:00-11:00 & 17:00-22:00)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)

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