Really depends on your interests.
Santa Cruz has nice beaches and coastline, the Boardwalk, an interesting downtown, the Santa Cruz mountains which are covered in redwood trees, surfing is big in Santa Cruz. Neighboring towns of Capitola and Aptos are nice too. The Santa Cruz area has a different vibe than Carmel or even Monterey.
Santa Cruz is about a 45 min - 1 hour drive from Carmel, and can be on your way from Inverness, so you could stop enroute to Carmel or visit as a day trip as well if you didn't want to change hotels as often.
I answered you on your other thread and gave you a link to a traveler article for Santa Cruz which should describe what to expect here. check it out.
Thank you very much. Will check those out over next few days when I have time and will let you know what I decide. Thx very much.
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