2 Hostels in Santa Cruz, USA

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Santa Cruz, USA. You can choose from 2 Santa Cruz hostels. In total, there are 4 cheap places to stay in Santa Cruz such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.

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Get to know Santa Cruz (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Santa Cruz. To help you make friends with Santa Cruz before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Welcome to the California coast -- Santa Cruz is known for its beaches, the surfing possibilities (many famous surfers have practiced in the beaches of Santa Cruz), a young vibe, and as a place where many different cultures and lifestyles come to mix, creating a rather alternative feel. Santa Cruz is the kind of town you can get a hostel in to chill and enjoy the beach lifestyle.

Popular attractions include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park, which has a giant wheel similar to the famous one in Santa Monica beach. On sunny days and weekends, you'll find a lot of people (families and young crowd) enjoying themselves in the oceanfront walkways -- strolling around, roller-blading, taking dogs for a walk, jogging, and carrying surfboards toward the big waves that hit the coast. The beach is very popular, but that doesn't mean the water temperature is that inviting! Unless it is a particularly warm day in the summer, wet suits are advised for those daring to enter the water.

Going away from the seafront and getting into downtown Santa Cruz, you'll be able to enjoy an immense offer for shopping, entertainment, and food. As this is a town with a large college population, there are often events and concerts catering to young people.

There is quite a variety of accommodation options in town, including Santa Cruz hostels, inns, and motels, including popular chains and one-off establishments. Pricier options tend to be those closer to the boardwalk, perhaps with views toward the ocean. But there are also plenty of great options downtown, where you'll also be closer to the action once the night comes.

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Cruz hostels

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FAQ about Santa Cruz Hostels

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FAQ about Santa Cruz Hostels

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Travel Tips for Santa Cruz - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Santa Cruz. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Santa Cruz. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

I love it here. I go every year.


Santa Cruz is a touch of California class, but if you want to stay longer than three nights, don't stay at the youth hostel, they won't let you book another night.


Santa Cruz is awesome. Try to visit the small towns up in the mountains like Ben Lomand, Felton, Bouldercreek, and Brookdale.


If you wanna surf, Steamer Lane sucks. Too many locals ripping sh*t up.


The Seymore Marine Research Center and the Natural Bridges State Park where the Monarch butterflies swarm and mate are here. Both worth a visit. The Santa Cruz boardwalk is terrific. We went swimming and sunbathing in October and had a great time.

Sierra Nevada visitor

Santa Cruz is sooo much fun!


Pack a sweater! Because Santa Cruz is in California and a beach town, many people think it will be warm and sunny. Actually, it can get surprisingly cold. Also, don't count on swimming in the ocean, unless you wear a wetsuit. As with most of Northern California beaches, the water is freezing.


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Your Packing List for Santa Cruz

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Santa Cruz and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Santa Cruz