Santa Cruz Gay Guide and Hotels

Santa Cruz Gay Guide and Hotels

Santa Cruz is a great beach destination in California with a small gay scene. It's a short drive from San Francisco, making it a popular destination for a weekend break.

Santa Cruz is all about the beach and you’ll find many hotels near the boardwalk. You can sail around Monterey Bay, try your hand at surfing at Lighthouse Point and take a trip to some nearby vineyards. The sun shines in Lighthouse Point and year-round.

Santa Cruz Hotels

sunset, santa cruz, water

Santa Cruz has a great culinary scene – be sure to visit the farmer’s markets. The Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation are home to some of America’s oldest wineries. Santa Cruz is very welcoming to gay travelers. Santa Cruz Gay Pride takes place every June.


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Hotels in Santa Cruz

Why this hotel?: Wellness Retreat. Mountaintop Views.

The Chaminade Hotel & Spa is a gorgeous environmentally friendly hotel that doubles as a mountaintop retreat, which is perfect for gay travelers.

The hotel, which underwent recent renovations, is known for its relaxing atmosphere and great service. On-site treehouse restaurant, The View, is a must-visit purely for the amazing mountaintop views, as well as the brunch.

There is also an outdoor patio, as well as private balconies that come with the rooms that also give great views of the mountains, Monterey Bay, and the large pool.

The Chaminade is also a 5-minute walk from the beach, and gay-popular nightlife spots are nearby, including Motiv, which is only a 12-minute drive away.


1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz

Very Good

Based on 498 votes

Seascape Beach Resort is a beachfront gay-friendly luxury resort, located right on Summer Beach.

The hotel overlooks Monterey Bay, and its location is great for exploring the area. The suites each have their own private balconies that look out to the Ocean, and they also come with kitchenettes and fireplaces.

There is an on-site fine dining restaurant, and other options are nearby. Gay popular spots in the area include The Blue Lounge, which is only a 16-minute drive away.


pool, housekeeping, fireplace, private balcony, gm, restaurant, room service, kitchenette, golf course, beach, wi-fi,

1 Seascape Resort Dr, Santa Cruz


Based on 366 votes

Why this hotel?: Beach Front. Amazing Ocean Views.

Casablanca Inn is a luxury beachfront, gay-friendly hotel located directly opposite Santa Cruz Beach.

The historical building has amazing views of the ocean and the rooms feature kitchenettes and private balconies.

Casablanca Inn is only a 4-minute drive from gay-popular hotspot Motiv, and other nightlife.


kitchenette, beach, pet-friendly, private balcony, housekeeping, internet, oceanview, vending machine

101 Main St, Santa Cruz

Very Good

Based on 475 votes

Hotel Paradox is a gay-popular boutique hotel, located a 6-minute drive away from the beach.

The hotel is surrounded by woods and mountains, which provides great views from the modern rooms.

The large pool is a great place to hang out and mingle. For popular gay nightlife spots like The Blue Lounge, are only a 5-minute drive away.

611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Why this hotel?: Ocean Views.

The Dream Inn is a gorgeous gay-friendly hotel, located in between the ocean and the city center.

The hotel rooms have private balconies which provide great views of the ocean, perfect for a romantic getaway.

There is a pool, as well as a bar and lounge where you can grab a drink from. Popular gay hotspots like The Blue Lounge and Motiv, are around a 5-minute drive away.


valet parking, pool, beach, free wi-fi, bar/lounge, bike rental, housekeeping, room service, private balcony, fireplace

175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz

Why this hotel?: Close to Gay hotspots. Pool deck.

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz is a gay-friendly hotel located near the Boardwalk and Downtown.

The Hyatt has great features such as an outside pool as well as a patio, which are perfect for soaking up the Californian sun.

There is a bar and lounge, as well as an on-site restaurant that are great options for a drink and a meal. However, other options are nearby. Popular gay nightlife spots in the area include The Blue Lounge, which is only a 3-minute drive away.


paid parking, pool, free breakfast, free wi-fi, gym, housekeeping, room service

407 Broadway, Santa Cruz


Based on 625 votes

Why this hotel?: Close to attractions. Mountaintop views.

The Hilton Santa Cruz is popular with gay travelers, as it is budget-friendly, whilst still offering great service.

The Hilton has wonderful features like a large pool, an on-site restaurant, all while providing great mountain views that can be seen from the rooms.

The hotel is pet-friendly and close to attractions such as Ocean View Park, and gay-popular nightlife spots include Front & Copper which is only an 11-minute drive away.


free parking, pool, bar/lounge, pets allowed, gym, free wi-fi, fireplace, air purifier

6001 La Madrona Dr, Santa Cruz


Based on 556 votes

Bars in Santa Cruz

Motiv, previously Dakota, was a gay, now straight-friendly bar. The bar has won many awards including ‘Best DJ’ and best atmosphere.

It’s well known for the amazing cocktails and the lively dancefloor. Check out their website for more information.

1209 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

weekday: 5pm - 1:30am CLOSED: Mon, Tue
weekend: 5pm - 1:30am CLOSED: Sun

Front & Cooper is a popular, gay-friendly cocktail bar.

Slightly hidden away from the hustle and bustle, this institution is a must-visit! It has two seperate bars for wine/beer and cocktails.

It has a very cosy atmosphere and features a fireplace too.

725 Front St, Santa Cruz

weekday: 11:30am - 10pm
weekend: 11:30am - 12pm

The Blue Lounge is an intimate, and friendly dive bar.

It has a varied crowd, ranging in ages, and has a very welcoming atmosphere. The Blue Lounge has free pool, karaoke and live entertainment regularly. Check out their website for more information.

529 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz

weekday: 4pm - 2am
weekend: 4pm - 2am Sun: 1pm -11pm

The Blue Lagoon is a gay-popular cocktail bar located near the San Lorenzo River.

The bar plays host to events, popular with an alternative crowd, including comedy nights, goth/industrial nights, and more! Check out their website for more information.

923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

The Blue Lagoon Cocktail Lounge is a gay-popular bar. It has a large bar and a lively, varied crowd, and cheap drinks. What’s not to love?

923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

weekday: 4pm - 1:30am
weekend: 4pm - 1:30am

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