This unassuming yet widely praised hotel is a winner all around. Each room (every single one!) has an ocean view. Some, like the Executive Suite, even offer a private patio with a jacuzzi and, yes, an ocean view. For a little extra you can upgrade to a room with those extra amenities that make your stay extra nice.
Sea and Sand Inn also serves an impressive and scrumptious complimentary breakfast. Yet another plus is that it is centrally located. You can walk to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Municipal Wharf, downtown, and the beach in no time at all. Also, take a stroll down West Cliff Drive. This popular walking/biking riding path is a level walk that hugs the coast. Watch surfers shred the waves from Lighthouse Point, take in the sunset, or spot an otter frolicking in the foam. While this isn't a Hilton or Four Seasons, the Sea and Sand Inn provides a quaint, cozy, and all around exceptional stay.