Santa Cruz, CA is just a short drive from Washington Square Inn and offers several exciting attractions for the whole family to enjoy. It was here that Hawaiian royalty first introduced surfing to the mainland. Locals and visitors alike have been riding the waves ever since. Not far from where the surf breaks is the West Coast’s last remaining seaside amusement park. You can enjoy music, food, shopping and rides when you include a stop here in your San Francisco, California vacation.
One of the main attractions is the newly renovated downtown. The tree lined streets are pedestrian friendly and filled with vibrant shops, galleries, outdoor bistros and strolling sidewalk musicians that keep the energy of Surf City’s offbeat personality that has affectionately stolen the hearts of locals as a favorite spot to spend a weekend away.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk overflows with adrenaline pumping rides, arcades, food and entertainment. There’s a climbing wall for those not fond of rides and several other options including a mini golf course, laser tag, or bowling for the whole family.
Whether you choose to escape on the beach for surfing, visit the amazing Natural Bridges State Park, or get mystified at the “mystery spot” where gravity just doesn’t seem to play by the rules; you will make memories to last a lifetime.
After a day spent enjoying the thrills of Santa Cruz, return to the comfort of your room at the Washington Square Inn. Our goal is to provide our guests with contemporary luxury in a European-style hotel atmosphere. Enjoy gorgeous lodging accommodations, a variety of excellent amenities and exemplary service at the Inn.
Photos at top from left to right: The Amusement Park in Santa Cruz and Surfing the Waves at Santa Cruz