Good afternoon everyone. This coming Monday is Columbus Day and I am taking my girlfriend to Santa Cruz for the long weekend. I’ve been to Santa Cruz a handful of times, but not in the last couple of years, and not with my girlfriend. I did some research on hotel options in Santa Cruz, but there are not a ton of great options. There are a handful of Marriott properties charging 35K Marriott points / night, but I decided to stay at the Hyatt Place Santa Cruz instead. Paid rates are $300+ as of today (they were a little cheaper a week ago), but the points rate is a bargain, by comparison.
The Hyatt Place Santa Cruz only costs 15K Hyatt points / night, resulting in a 2.15 CPP valuation. After transferring Chase Ultimate Reward Points to Hyatt, I booked the hotel. If I had a Hyatt Free Night Certificate, this would be a great place to use it since the certificate is only good for Hyatt categories 1-4 (Hyatt properties costing up to 15K Hyatt points / night) and this hotel costs exactly 15K Hyatt points / night.
Despite the less than stellar Yelp rating, the Seabright Brewery has always had great food and beers. I think I had a jalapeno burger last time that was delicious. What other restaurants do you recommend for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert? I am open to trying anything you recommend.
After checking Trip Advisor and Groupon, we decided to book the Sea Spirit Ocean Safari to see whales and/or sea life. Groupon usually runs sales for Local Deals, so if you do not see a sale, wait a few days and check back.
We also booked the Roaring Camp Steam Train Through Santa Cruz Redwoods on Groupon. If you purchase Groupon GCs / eGCs when they are on sale, plus wait until Groupon runs a sale, plus stack cash back with Ebates, you can save a ton of money when you buy from Groupon.
My girlfriend is a 4th grade teacher and teaches her students about the California Missions. We’ve been to missions in San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Carmel, and Sonoma, so we will visit the Santa Cruz Mission too.
It is a short walk from the Hyatt Place to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, so we will walk there and walk around the rides and attractions.
We are also considering checking out the Mystery Spot. Do we need to purchase tour tickets in advance or can you just walk around for free?
Did we miss anything super cool? If you have any restaurant or activity recommendations, please let me know. Have a great Columbus Day Weekend everyone!