When you stay at BEST WESTERN Seacliff Inn, you are minutes away tennis and public golf courses. Of the two PGA golf courses, Pasatiempo Golf Club, the most famous, is a must-play course with many challenging holes and an exquisite design. De Laveaga Golf Course is perched on the Santa Cruz hills and provides championship golf with a challenging and thoughtful course design through tree-lined fairways, deep canyons and an infamous 10th hole.
This historic 1890’s narrow gauge steam locomotive used to haul giant redwood logs out of the mountains. It’s the perfect family adventure as you travel over trestles, through towering redwoods and up a winding narrow gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain or through a tunnel and into the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The knowledgeable conductors thrill you with historical anecdotes. This is one of oldest and most historic train lines in California, and still carries picnickers and tourists to the Big Trees and Santa Cruz as it did 100 years ago! Check for holiday celebrations, from Easter Egg hunts to their harvest fair and holiday tree walk excursion with hot cider.
A stay at BEST WESTERN Seacliff Inn would not be complete with a visit to the world-class Monterey Aquarium, just 30 miles from our convenient location. As a window to the ocean’s mighty magic, you can explore tidepools, jellyfish jungles and habitats only divers and submarines experience. Meet lovely Luna, the rescued sea otter, penguins, sharks and other marvels of the deep. From daily shows to spectacular exhibits, this underwater extravaganza will leave the entire family hungry for more under the sea. Sorry, no mermaids in sight!
This seaside village is the quintessential old California hideaway and only three miles from BEST WESTERN Seacliff Inn. Friendly shopkeepers sell sexy swimwear, funky flip flops and casual beachwear for the whole family. Discover a fossil or unique treasure, take a paddleboard class, grab a wave or drop a fishing line in between exploring the Capitola Historical Museum, charming galleries and laid back coffee shops for a Big Kahuna kind of day.
Students mill around the picturesque campus, busy with their backpacks and iPhones. But there is more to this famous campus then just classes. Just 10 miles from BEST WESTERN Seacliff Inn, the University boasts multiple attractions such as the lush Santa Cruz Arboretum and the extensive arts, theater and music offerings open to the public. From Shakespeare to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, UC Santa Cruz will tempt you to return to school.
What a better way to explore the glorious Monterey Bay than to take the family or sweetheart on a sailing charter, from an O’Neill catamaran to a fancy yacht. One of BEST WESTERN Seacliff Inn’s favorite ways to sail away is aboard the 70 foot ultralight Chardonnay yacht. Whether it’s wine tasting or whale watching, this is the only way to tour the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Available for private events and weddings.