Accommodations and Travel



Santa Cruz does not have its own international airport, but is serviced by the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose airports.  San Jose has the closest airport, although the other two airports may occasionally have more economical fares. Please be aware that depending on arrival/departure time, travel time to and from Oakland may be significant due to traffic. Shuttles from these airports can be arranged in advance.

For Bay Area airport shuttle information, please click here.

For further airport connection details, including shuttles and public transportation, please click here.


Santa Cruz is home to many excellent restaurants. Here are some resources that you may use to plan your dining excursions in the city:

Restaurants in Downtown Santa Cruz

Dining List: A-Z Dining in Santa Cruz



Santa Cruz is a popular holiday destination and offers a wide range of accommodation.  We are offering options for varied budgets. 

All rooms are limited and available until sold out or noted expiration date is reached.


Dream Inn

The Dream Inn is a beachfront hotel in Santa Cruz, offering upscale accommodations. Ideally located a few blocks from The Boardwalk and close to UC Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn is Santa Cruz’s upscale boutique hotel.

  • September 10: $169.00
  • September 11, 12, 13: $169.00 
  • Septebmer 14, 15: $249.00

Expiration: July 2nd

2nd block available until August 17th:

  • September 10, 11, 12, 13: $189.00 + tax
  • September 14, 15: $269.00 + tax
  • Parking charges waived for the group 

Make your reservation online or call 831-426-4330.

Code: UCSC IVA Conference


West Cliff Inn B&B

This distinctive Santa Cruz, California bed and breakfast inn is situated on a bluff across from Cowell's Beach and the famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B.

  • Monday–Thursday nights: $125.00-$170.00, depending on configuration/amenities

Call hotel to make your reservation: 831-457-2200

Code: Identify as IVA participant for UC rate.


Beach Street Inn & Suites

Perched atop one of the most spectacularly scenic vantage points on the entire Santa Cruz coastline, Beach Street Inn and Suites offers guests breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and the main beach directly below. Their newly renovated ocean view rooms overlooking the bay are equipped with flat screen TVs, ipod docking stations, wireless internet and free WiFi.

  • Monday-Thursday nights: $109.00 1 King or 2 Queens

Expiration: July 6th

Call hotel to make your reservation: 831-423-3031

Code: IVA – UCSC


Sea and Sand Inn

At the Sea and Sand, every room has an ocean view, free continental breakfast, selected rooms with spas, suites with hot tubs on private patios overlooking ocean, complimentary wireless Internet service in every room, Mediterranean climate, European charm, and within easy walking distance to the Santa Cruz wharf and Boardwalk.

  • Monday-Thursday nights: $199.00 1 Standard Queen; $229.00 1 Standard King (no discounted rates available)

Call hotel to make your reservation: 831-427-3400


Seaway Inn

The Seaway Inn is a charming Santa Cruz hotel perched on a hillside overlooking Monterey Bay.  It has all the warmth and coziness of a classic beach hotel with a full array of modern amenities.  It is just a short walk to family fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, world-class surfing at Steamer Lane, fine dining at the Municipal Wharf, and unique shops and entertainment in bustling Downtown Santa Cruz. 

  • Monday-Thursday nights: $83.00 King; $93.00 2 Queens
  • Monday-Thursday nights: $144.00-$169.00, depending on configuration/amenities

Call hotel to make your reservation: 831-471-9004

Code: Ask for Stephanie (Tues - Sat, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm).


Ocean Pacific Lodge

The Ocean Pacific Lodge is a Santa Cruz beach hotel. The hotel is only two blocks away from the Santa Cruz wharf which offers boating tours, fishing, local shops, and fine dining. Just a block further, the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a must see for visitors to the area.

  • Monday-Thursday nights: $109.00 1 King
  • Friday-Sunday nights: $159.00 1 King

Call hotel to make your reservation: 831-457-1234

Code: OPL 301


Bay Front Inn

The hotel is located on Pacific Ave. just minutes away from lively downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, beautiful beaches and one of California's most scenic coastlines. They are within walking distance to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and a variety of local restaurants and bars. The Bay Front Inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast, free wireless internet, free parking, and pet-friendly accommodations.

  • Monday-Thursday nights: $89.00 (March 1-31)
  • Monday-Thursday nights: $109.00 (April 1 – May 31)
  • Monday-Thursday nights: market rate (June 1 - September)

Call hotel to make your reservation: 831-423-8564