So… are you up for a splurge or on a pandemic budget? Santa Cruz lodgings on both ends of the spectrum are rigorously adhering to sanitation and safety protocols so both you and your four-legged buddy can rest assured. If boutique is your thing, the dog-friendly Hotel Paradox, with 170 "boldly designed" rooms is a solid choice. It's a short walk to downtown Santa Cruz, parks and dog-friendly patio dining—and just minutes away by road to scenic West Cliff Drive and several dog-friendly beaches.
Chaminade Resort & Spa, the best known luxury lodging in the area, welcomes pets with open arms, treats, dog-friendly restaurant patios, on-site trails and even dog-friendly menus. Not far away, the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes and has the advantage of being close to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, where dogs are welcome on designated trails. Skypark, one of the best dog playgrounds in the county, also is close by.
See Spot run on the beach when you stay at Ocean Echo Inn & Cottages. Tucked in a classic Santa Cruz neighborhood, the Echo sits a few blocks back from Sunny Cove beach and about a mile from Santa Cruz Harbor. Head south to the scenic Pleasure Point to enjoy a gorgeous coastal walking path. Dogs under 50 pounds warmly welcomed!