Two blocks from Cowell’s Beach, the Boardwalk and downtown, Ocean Pacific Lodge is a great choice for those wanting to explore Santa Cruz’s walker-friendly streets. Parking and breakfast appeal to budget seekers.
Rooms lean on the smaller side, with mod highlights. Think black and white striped carpets and mint green throws. Private bathrooms and thick walls offer a respite from the summer crowds.
A small pool and free Wi-Fi add to the appeal. Next door, a park makes it easy for those traveling with furry friends.