Hostel in Santa Cruz, USA

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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 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.

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.

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Santa Cruz Hostel Cheatsheet

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1 Total number of hostels
8.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Santa Cruz - from the Community

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