By Anne Thomas
Santa Cruz
California
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Located on California’s Central Coast, Santa Cruz has twenty-nine miles of beaches.  The city has abundant wildlife from seals to whales, beautiful state parks, and lush vineyards.  Not only does Santa Cruz have scenic beaches, it has a rich history. 

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation in Santa Cruz, California.  You will begin your journey by flying into one of three airports.  The closest is San Jose International Airport (SJC), which is 27 miles from the center of Santa Cruz.  Next, Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) is about 29 miles away but only has domestic flights.  Finally, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 48 miles from the center of Santa Cruz.  Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com by visiting the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  After you have booked your flight, make sure to check out EscapeWizard.com for Santa Cruz’s selection of hotels using the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

With miles and miles of beaches, Santa Cruz has plenty of water activities.  From fishing, surfing, catamarans, there is a lot of fun waiting for you.  The beaches also offer a number of seaside activities including picnic tables, barbeques, volleyball, and tide pools.  Santa Cruz has a variety beaches that are dog friendly, perfect for camping, and for families.  EscapeWizard.com encourages you to take a scenic drive along West Cliff Drive to see miles of seascape.  West Cliff Drive also offers the perfect location to watch the sunset. 

Santa Cruz offers a number of wildlife adventures.  EscapeWizard.com encourages you to take a kayak-nature tour.  On the tour, you will see sea otters, seals, sea lions, and grey whales.  Another fun place to visit is the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, which exhibits plant collections from Australia, South Africa, Chile and more.  Also, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab has an aquarium, touch tank and more.  EscapeWizard.com recommends whale watching.  Offered year round, you can take a 3-4 hour trip where you will see whales or dolphins or both!

EscapeWizard.com suggests visiting the Santa Cruz Wharf.  There are several different restaurants along the wharf where you can eat fresh seafood.  You can rent boats, fishing gear, and kayaks or even take a cruise.  Along the wharf, you will find unique stores where you can purchase apparel, gifts, and souvenirs.  At the end of the Wharf, you will find a sea lion viewing area.  Also, make sure to visit the Ocean Conservancy.  The Wharf is open to the public everyday!

Stop by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.  Some of the permanent exhibits include “Native Peoples: The Ohlone” and “Geology of the Santa Cruz Region”.  The museum also features a touch pool with live animals.  Also visit The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center. 

Santa Cruz has a number of wineries and tasting rooms.  Visit some of the wineries to taste some of the local wine and tour the vineyards.  Some wineries even offer winemaking classes. 

Santa Cruz is a delightful town with a lot to offer.  Book your next vacation here by clicking on the link above.  We know you will have a great time in Santa Cruz!
Hotels in Santa Cruz
By Rose Overbey
Holiday Inn Express
1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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If you're traveling to Santa Cruz and want a hotel that is affordable, comfortable and near the boardwalk, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz East is a great place to stay. The hotel is moments from classic Californian landscapes of beaches and red woods. The hotel is also conveniently located near local businesses and great shopping -- it's a great place to stay whatever your reason is for visiting this coastal California town.

The hotel boasts a well-equipped business center, complete with fax, copiers, printers and even a PC in case you didn't bring one. If you did bring your own computer, the rooms offer free high-speed wireless.

The rooms are comfortable and well appointed. Days begin with a free newspaper delivered to your door. There is a work desk in each room and TVs with a variety of channels to choose from. The rooms come with a hairdryer, iron with ironing board and coffee maker. Hotel staff are happy to accommodate your needs should you require a crib. Each morning, the hotel offers guests a free hot breakfast in the lobby. Cinnamon rolls, sausage, fresh fruit and other delicious treats will help you start your day off right.

The hotel also has a small fitness center, but offers access to a more extensive center off site. There is a sauna on site, and an outdoor pool is also available for guests to enjoy. There is even a nice patio to relax on if you aren't inclined to get wet.

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz East is the perfect place to stay on your visit to Santa Cruz. EscapeWizard.com recommends booking your hotel room at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz East. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).