Joie de Vivre

Explore all of Joie de Vivre's unique hotels, restaurants and spas.

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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Destination

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Unwind on the spacious Santa Cruz beachfront pool deck with a refreshing beverage from our full-service, seasonal pool bar.

Featuring a pool and spa, there's something for everyone at the Dream Inn. Take in breathtaking sunsets from your balcony, watch the surfers, and let the peaceful sound of the ocean waves lull you to sleep.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Aquarius, located at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz, features fresh and local seafood complemented by a regional wine list. The cool and breezy interior makes Aquarius the perfect spot for locally inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Wine Tasting

Santa Cruz Wine Tasting

Taste great wines in Santa Cruz - including Bonny Doon, Cinnabar, Storrs, Bargetto, Ahlgren and more. The Santa Cruz climate and soils produce vintages that rival the best of Europe. 

Marine Discovery Center

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a working marine laboratory with exhibit halls, aquariums and touch tanks. It is part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Kayak from the Wharf

Kayak from the Wharf

Rent a kayak from Venture Quest Kayaking at the Santa Cruz Wharf and paddle into the wildlife-rich waters of the Monterey Bay, near the Santa Cruz coast.

Club Ed

Surf Lessons

Santa Cruz is the best place to learn to surf on the planet, with the most consistent waves and widest variety of surf breaks in the Northern Hemisphere. Club Ed is located right on Cowell's Beach, steps away from the Dream Inn. 

Walking Food Tour

Walking Food Tour

The Santa Cruz guided downtown tour takes in five tasting locations on a 1.8 mile route. They also explore local culture, history, and architecture in two beautiful historic districts. All the food on this tour is included in the ticket price. 

Marine Sanctuary

Marine Sanctuary

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary encourages visitors to examine this remarkably productive marine environment, the issues impacting the sanctuary and their personal roles in protecting one of our nation's treasures. Just steps from the ocean in Santa Cruz's famed beach area, this facility provides state-of-the-art, interactive, interpretive exhibits to an anticipated 200,000 visitors annually and highlights environmentally sustainable green design and construction methods. 

Roaring Camp Railroad

Roaring Camp Railroad

The historic Roaring Camp Railroad takes you through incredible redwoods all the way to the beach. 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Since 1907, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been the ultimate summer-in-California destination. 

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

The Mystery Spot is another 'only in Santa Cruz' attraction. 

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History serves as a thriving, central gathering place where local residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience art, history, ideas, and culture. 

Whale Watching

Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council

For a complete list of things to do, see, and experience in Santa Cruz, please visit santacruz.org.