This past Thursday was my 28th birthday. If you read my last post, you know my husband and I like to gift experiences and trips rather than just material items. As you may have seen on my instagram account, this year he took me to Santa Cruz, CA. We spent just one night, arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Saturday afternoon, but it was the perfect relaxing getaway to celebrate my birthday!

View of the beach and the boardwalk from the balcony of our hotel room.

We stayed at the Dream Inn, which is the only hotel in Santa Cruz that is on the beach. Every room comes with an ocean view, but that’s not all this hotel has to offer. Not only are you right on the beach, there is also a nice pool deck with a bar and food service. The hotel offers a variety of activities throughout the day if you plan to be there for a longer stay. On property is the Jack O’Niell Restaurant & Lounge with amazing views and live music. In addition to all of these amenities and more, it is a short walk to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park, which we did not visit on this trip, but we’ve been to in the past.

If you find yourself planning a trip to Santa Cruz, there are many wonderful options in the area for accommodations, but this hotel really blew me away and I’d recommend checking it out!