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Flying into Beautiful Santa Cruz

Beaches, boards, and the boardwalk: Santa Cruz is the premier surf city of Northern California, with all the charm and amenities of its surf city cousins in Southern California. Santa Cruz is a surfing mecca and gateway to world-famous Mavericks, the spot where visitors can watch big-wave riders tackle some of the largest and most dangerous waves on the planet. Here you will find a surf museum, eclectic eateries, a cornucopia of cafes, and a host of quality accommodations. Looking for some inexpensive flights to Santa Cruz so you can catch a wave? This article will uncover all the tips needed to make your trip a success.
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What Are Some Things I Should Know Before Booking My Flight to Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz does not have an international airport, but San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a mere 33 miles away. Additionally, the Monterey Regional Airport, 43 miles away, services domestic flights. However, most visitors to Santa Cruz fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), 61 miles away, because it has more frequent and inexpensive flights.

What Airline Should I Choose?

If Flying to SFO from LAX, US Airways, American, and Southwest offer the best deals, averaging $145 USD. If coming from New York, US Airways and American have the best deals averaging $432 USD. If flying to SJC, Delta is the best choice at $160 USD, whereas from New York, United has the best deal at $481 USD.

What Amenities Should I Expect to Find at SFO and SJC?

As a large international airport, SFO has a number of amenities, including retail outlets featuring authentic San Francisco merchandise, luxury boutiques, gift shops, bookstores, travel outfitters, and branches of local restaurants. If flying into SJC, you can expect to find a plethora of newsstands, eateries, and gift shops.

How Do I Get to Santa Cruz From the Airport?

Your best bet for getting to Santa Cruz is to rent a car at any of the relatively close aforementioned airports. Additionally, a number of area hotels offer airport shuttles, such as the Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Hotel Paradox. Santa Cruz Shuttles also offers shuttle service to and from SJC ($50 USD). 

What Hotel Options Are There If I Arrive Late or Leave Early?

If arriving last-minute or departing early, it’s always best to book a room at an airport hotel, and SFO has a number to choose from including the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront and the Hyatt Regency. If making your way to Santa Cruz without a reservation, Super 8 is a quality and affordable option.