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Santa Cruz Hostel

A California beach hostel at the historic Carmelita Cottages

321 Main Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA


Check in: 4pm-10pm

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OUR MISSION: "To help people of all ages gain a greater knowledge, understanding and love of the world through hostelling!

A Beautiful Hostel By The Beach That Promotes Cultural Exchange And Personal Growth

The Santa Cruz Hostel is located in the historic 1880’s Carmelita Cottages on Beach Hill in Santa Cruz, California – a lovely oceanside community just steps from the beach, boardwalk, wharf and town! We are also located 80 miles south of San Francisco, 40 miles north of Monterey, and 40 miles west of San Jose. We provide the perfect stop on your journey along the Pacific Coast of the United States.

Comprised of six renovated Victorian beach cottages, the Santa Cruz Hostel has the ability to accommodate up to 48 guests. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome all year round. By providing travelers with lovely, affordable, clean and safe  accommodations, the Santa Cruz Hostel promotes intercultural exchange, personal growth, and cultural awareness. Our goal is to bring the world together and build global peace and understanding through travelling and hostelling.

Our Vision

We at the Santa Cruz Hostel passionately believe that hostels play a pivotal role in cultural exchange and acceptance all over the world. Diversity is an incredible part of life here at the Santa Cruz Hostel. Friendships and memories are made here that last a lifetime.

A hostel is a different environment than a hotel – guests share space and get to know each other, and learn about traveling through each other’s experiences. We do our best to keep accommodations affordable so that everyone has the opportunity to experience the joys of hostelling. Through sharing space in dorm rooms, common spaces, and the kitchen, we seek to see the similarities in those who come from different regions and cultures and learn to appreciate the diversity among all people.

The Santa Cruz Hostel provides:

  • A unique, inspiring and diverse experience
  • An amazing and affordable value
  • Quality standards of cleanliness
  • A safe environment for your stay
  • A comfortable night’s sleep
  • A friendly staff and welcoming surroundings