I'm attending a conference at UCSC this summer and have plane tickets to arrive two days early so I can enjoy the beach and town before the event begins.
I'm looking for a hotel or B and B, preferably next to or close to the ocean (I am renting a car) for two nights. I'm also looking for a safe location/lodging for a single female traveler.
So far, I've taken a look at websites and reviews for Seaway Inn, Pacific Blue Inn, Chamindale Resort, and Beach Street Inn. I'd prefer a room with an ocean view but don't want to spend more than $500 for the two nights (looks like the ocean view isn't going to be doable on a weekend!).
I plan to walk along the beach and boardwalk and walk around downtown. I'm also open to staying away from Santa Cruz as long as I'm in walking distance to the ocean. Any suggestions will be appreciated!