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Located on Cowell's beach, adjacent to the wharf and historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the iconic Dream Inn has been the destination in Santa Cruz for 50 years. Ideal for exploring Santa Cruz with views of Monterey Bay from every room.

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With views of the Monterey Bay and just steps away from the beach, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn is the ideal destination for your wedding reception.

As the only beachfront property in the city, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn will definitely exceed your expectations. Our experienced and dedicated staff will assist you in planning your event to make sure everything goes perfectly. For your catering needs, we offer attentive and professional banquet service from our onsite Aquarius restaurant, specializing in innovative, seasonal cuisine.

Take advantage of the generous natural light and spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Our three banquet rooms are newly renovated and have a flexible arrangement that lets you use one or all three. Up to 3,500 square feet is available, accommodating 5 to 250 people.

We'll take great care of your out-of-town guests in our retro-chic rooms and suites, each with a breathtaking view of Monterey Bay from a private balcony or patio.

Wedding & Event Facilities

Enjoy the following complimentary amenities on your special day: 

  • Valet parking for attendees
  • Event room rental
  • Dance floor
  • Cake table 
  • Gift table
  • Event planning and coordination
  • All standard house tables, chairs, linens, napkins, votives, china, glass, and silver 
  • Romantic rose petal turn down and specialty amenity

Surf View


  • Theater: 160
  • Classroom: 75
  • U-Shape: 35
  • Conference: 40
  • Reception: 160
  • Banquet: 110
Surf View Capacity

Beach View


  • Theater: 95
  • Classroom: 45
  • U-Shape: 20
  • Conference: 25
  • Reception: 100
  • Banquet: 50

Sand View


  • Theater: 40
  • Classroom: 20
  • U-Shape: 12
  • Conference: 15
  • Reception: 40
  • Banquet: 25
Sand View Capacity