Experience all the charm, thrills, and character of Santa Cruz, a beach community known for its surfing, golfing, and worry free attitude. Home of lush Redwood forests, UC Santa Cruz, and the world famous Santa Cruz Beach, you won't find a dull moment here. Drop your bags at the Inn at Pasatiempo and rent a board and see where the waves take you, or rent a bike and ride alongside the great pacific, admiring the golden sands and nearby mountains. Take your best swing for the green at The Pasatiempo Golf Club, a pristine, semi-private course that sits atop the Santa Cruz hills. Or, walk through mighty Redwood trees at Henry Cowell State Park and peer through glass to see rare fish and wildlife at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You won't run out of things to do in Santa Cruz, and you'll be close to it all at the Inn at Pasatiempo.
This park features 15 miles of hiking trails through scenic, wooded areas packed with redwoods, mixed evergreens, ponderosa pine, and a multitude of wildlife. The tallest tree in the park stands at 285 feet tall, and the oldest trees in the park date back to 200 AD.
It's been more than 70 years since the Mystery Spot opened, yet even repeat visitors don't know how to fully explain what they have seen. Located less than 4 miles from the Inn at Pasatiempo, this bizarre spot defies gravity and challenges the most commonly held truths in modern physics. Come and behold a phenomenon that will leave your head spinning, and your mind racing.
Home to more than 35,000 creatures, The Monterey Bay Aquarium features exhibits dedicated to sharks, otters, seahorses, flamingos, jellyfish, stingrays, bluefin tuna, and a host of creatures you won't find anywhere else.