Dream Inn, Santa Cruz
The Dream Inn has towered over Cowell’s Beach, the Santa Cruz Wharf, and the Boardwalk since 1954. The hotel is retro swanky and recently renovated into a boutique hotel by new owners, joie de vivre. Guests can stroll down West Cliff Drive (a gorgeous ocean cliff walking and bike path), step onto the beach, cross the street to the Sanctuary Exploration Center, or walk right onto the Boardwalk from the Dream Inn. The restaurant Aquarius offers live jazz on Thursday nights, ocean views and cocktails made with fresh ingredients.
By Madeline Horn, AFAR Local Expert
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175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA