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Getting Around Santa Cruz

  • What is there to do in Santa Cruz?

    Located along the Northern California coast, two hours south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is the quintessential beach town. Santa Cruz offers beautiful beaches, picturesque trails, towering redwood forests, a charming downtown, championship golf courses, and a historic amusement park with ocean views.

    • Play at the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk
    • Defy gravity and perspective at the Mystery Spot
    • Enjoy waterfront dining and shopping at the Santa Cruz Wharf.
    • Go surfing, swimming, paddle boarding and sailing in the Pacific Ocean.

    Hotel Solares is a charming beachside hotel that puts you within walking distance of the best things to do in Santa Cruz, including the Main Beach and Pacific Ocean.
  • What hotels are closest to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk?

    Hotel Solares is 0.4 mile from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. As one of the closest hotels to the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, this pet friendly boutique hotel offers comfortable rooms and suites with refrigerators and microwaves, an outdoor pool, and parking for only $10 a night. The hotel is within steps of the sand, the ocean and boardwalk rides and entertainment.
  • Is Santa Cruz Beach open?

    Yes. The Santa Cruz Beach is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Social distancing is still recommended. Hotel Solares is within a five-minute walk to Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk.
  • Is the Santa Cruz Boardwalk open?

    Yes. Santa Cruz Boardwalk is open daily with proper social distancing measures in place. A selection of outdoor games and beach access are open every day. Boardwalk Racers and Wave Rider are open on weekends and holidays.
  • Is Hotel Solares near the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz?

    Hotel Solares is within a 10-minute drive (4 miles) from the famous Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz. Visit this gravitational anomaly in the redwood forests to experience puzzling variations of gravity, perspective, and height.
  • How far is Hotel Solares from the Catalyst?

    Our beachfront boutique hotel is a 3-minute drive to the Catalyst (0.6 miles). This classic nightclub is one of the best places in Santa Cruz to enjoy live music and hottest local and national artists.
  • How far is Santa Cruz from San Francisco?

    Santa Cruz is 75.4 miles away from San Francisco taking I-280 S and CA-17 S. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Santa Cruz from downtown San Francisco by car. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is about 60 miles from our beachside hotel in Santa Cruz.
  • What is Santa Cruz known for?

    Santa Cruz is known for its 29 miles of stunning coastline, sandy beaches, surf waves, redwood forests, funky vibe, waterfront restaurants, and live entertainment. Discover the best Santa Cruz attractions and activities including:
    • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    • Santa Cruz Main Beach and Surfer’s Beach
    • Santa Cruz Wharf
    • Downtown Santa Cruz
    • Mystery Spot
    • Catalyst Nightclub
    • Scenic Trails
    • Surfing and boogie boarding
    • fishing, kayaking, and whale watching
  • Can you BBQ at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk?

    Gas BBQs are allowed on Santa Cruz City beaches however, charcoal and wood-fire barbecues are not permitted. If the lifeguards or rangers deem the grill to be unsafe or too large, the BBQ will need to be removed. Hotel Solares offers rooms with refrigerators so guests can store food and drinks for the perfect beach cookout by the ocean. You cannot have a BBQs or grills on the Boardwalk but you can take it down to the sand.
  • Where is the best place to eat in Santa Cruz?

    Santa Cruz is known for its great seafood joints and beautiful ocean views. Check out the oceanfront restaurants at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and the best places to eat in Santa Cruz nearby:
    • Crow’s Nest
    • Hindquarter Bar & Grill
    • Gilbert’s Seafood Grill
    • Firefish Grill
    • Dolphin Restaurant
    • Woodstock Pizza
  • Are pets allowed on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk?

    Service animals, such as guide dogs, are allowed on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and on Santa Cruz Main Beach, but other pets are not permitted. There are several boarding and kennel facilities in Santa Cruz where professionals will care of your pet for the day. Hotel Solares is pet friendly, so your dogs can relax in your room for a few hours.

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  • Is Hotel Solares pet friendly?

    Yes. Hotel Solares is one of the most convenient pet friendly hotels in Santa Cruz. We welcome dogs with comfortable accommodations and a perfect location just steps from Santa Cruz Beach as well as many dog-friendly parks, restaurants, and attractions. The hotel requires a $100 refundable deposit and a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee.
  • Does the Hotel Solares Santa Cruz offer rooms with a jacuzzi?

    The King Suite at Hotel Solares offers a spacious bathroom with a large soaking tub that is not jetted. The hotel does also feature an outdoor pool and hot tub for swimming and relaxing in the heart of Santa Cruz.
  • Does Hotel Solares offer breakfast?

    The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast spread of waffles, pastries, cereals, and fruit, along with freshly brewed coffee. Enjoy delicious morning eats to go to enjoy at the outdoor pool and Santa Cruz beach, right around the corner. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is always a top priority. In light of COVID-19 , our breakfast service is temporarily close.
  • Does Hotel Solares offer parking?

    Yes. Hotel Solares offer convenient parking for only $10 a night for guests. Guests can park, stay and walk to Santa Cruz’s most iconic attractions, including the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk and the Roaring Camp Railroad.
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