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Santa Cruz Hostel

A California beach hostel at the historic Carmelita Cottages

321 Main Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 USA


Office Hours: 8am-10pm
Check in: 4pm-10pm

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Our Hostel's Guests Come From All Over the World

We are proud that our hostel provides an atmosphere that allows people to share their cultures, experiences, and dreams while making new friends. The hostel allows guests a safe environment to sleep, experience our city, and meet new people from all over the world

Out of roughly 9,000 guest overnights at the Santa Cruz Hostel in a typical year, 6,000 are from the U.S. About 800 from Germany and other German speaking countries. Over 650 from the UK. About 400 from Australia and New Zealand; and another 250 from Canada. We also have about 300 from South America, with about half of that number coming from Brazil alone. About 200 from France. Around 150 from Asian countries and the Pacific Islands. Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands usually tie with about 150 each.

We are privileged to have guests from all over the world staying with us regularly, with increasing numbers from Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa every year.

Learning from Other Cultures

Sharing and learning from others cultures is a unique personal growth experience that the Santa Cruz Hostel is happy to facilitate.

Hosteller’s share their language, experience, foods, and laughter with other guests. Guests also learn to cultivate a common ground when it comes to social norms such as sleeping habits, eating times, going out, and sharing their sense of humor.

Getting To Know New People

In today’s fast-paced world having the space to take the time to meet and know new people is a unique opportunity.

Our hostel fosters the chance to get to know strangers in a safe environment. Many guests who meet here go on to travel to other hostels together, sometimes travelling to far away places like Alaska or Thailand.