U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > San Francisco - Oakland
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-05-2019, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
94 posts, read 37,878 times
Reputation: 73

Advertisements

I'll be staying in SF for 3 months fr work with my family and, at some point we'll need to take a trip outside of SF in order to re-activate our travel and health insurance. It is weird but that is how master card insurance works. It is good for only 30 days for platinum and 60 days for black cards. So we will use our 30 days, get an upgrade to black and then to re-activate, we need to do a travel outside of SF. It can be by bus or train. It doesn't matter.

I was thinking to go to Monterey, but things seem to be awfully expensive there and we are tight on budget.

What city, ideally by the beach, do you recommend for staying just 2 or 3 days. Perhaps a place not so popular among tourists. A less known place.

I'll be with my wife, two daughters who are 5 and 7 and my parents who are over 70...

Thanks
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-05-2019, 09:57 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
88,185 posts, read 82,200,765 times
Reputation: 92525
You could look around Mendocino and Fort Bragg, up the coast. Cheaper than Santa Cruz and Monterey, I'm sure. There's a nice botanical garden up there, of local plants. Redwoods, too.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2019, 10:19 AM
 
2,892 posts, read 4,230,947 times
Reputation: 2404
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
You could look around Mendocino and Fort Bragg, up the coast. Cheaper than Santa Cruz and Monterey, I'm sure. There's a nice botanical garden up there, of local plants. Redwoods, too.
Really? I've always found Mendocino to be very expensive. I would think the budget hotel options in Santa Cruz would be your best bet. So much more infrastructure and population, so many more choices. Plus, Mendocino beaches are beautiful but foggy. Santa Cruz will be a true beach vacation, warmer and sunnier.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2019, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
94 posts, read 37,878 times
Reputation: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by tstieber View Post
Really? I've always found Mendocino to be very expensive. I would think the budget hotel options in Santa Cruz would be your best bet. So much more infrastructure and population, so many more choices. Plus, Mendocino beaches are beautiful but foggy. Santa Cruz will be a true beach vacation, warmer and sunnier.
Yeah I did a quick search and I found a BW hotel in Santa Cruz cheaper than any hotel in Mendocino.
Besides the amusement park seems perfect for the kids.
Thanks friends
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2019, 10:31 AM
 
6,020 posts, read 7,267,753 times
Reputation: 2798
Outside of the botanical garden I was not impressed with Fort Bragg.
Lake Tahoe is another suggestion.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2019, 10:42 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
88,185 posts, read 82,200,765 times
Reputation: 92525
Quote:
Originally Posted by tstieber View Post
Really? I've always found Mendocino to be very expensive. I would think the budget hotel options in Santa Cruz would be your best bet. So much more infrastructure and population, so many more choices. Plus, Mendocino beaches are beautiful but foggy. Santa Cruz will be a true beach vacation, warmer and sunnier.
OK, you're right (I think---haven't checked prices in Ft. Bragg.). But Santa Cruz does have a lot more for kids to do. And it also has redwood forests on its outskirts, for wonderful walks. There are a couple of ice creameries with shops downtown.

OP, I don't know how tight your budget will be, but if you can swing it, the steam train tour of the redwoods in the SC mountains would be fun for the whole family. Adult tickets: $32, kids: $23. You need to go on their website and reserve well in advance. Roaring Camp Railroads; the ride is narrated by a tour guide, who explains the history of the railway and logging in the area. Tour begins in Felton, outside Santa Cruz. There's one that's a one-way tour, dropping you off at the SC boardwalk, but one of the adults would have to drive to Felton and leave you there, then drive back to SC, missing the tour. The other route is a round-trip, beginning and ending in Felton.
https://www.roaringcamp.com/kids-club

Last edited by Ruth4Truth; 07-05-2019 at 10:58 AM..
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2019, 10:48 AM
 
Location: planet earth
8,156 posts, read 3,566,396 times
Reputation: 18211
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jose Clua View Post
Yeah I did a quick search and I found a BW hotel in Santa Cruz cheaper than any hotel in Mendocino.
Besides the amusement park seems perfect for the kids.
Thanks friends
Be observant of your surroundings staying in budget motels in Santa Cruz (check crime maps).
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2019, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
94 posts, read 37,878 times
Reputation: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by bloom View Post
Outside of the botanical garden I was not impressed with Fort Bragg.
Lake Tahoe is another suggestion.
Yeah I am looking at Lake Tahoe and Reno now and the prices are unbelievable! There is a Circus themed hotel there in Reno where a room is only $100 usd! It seems something is wrong here. Maybe they charge fore playing in the arcades or watching circus acts?

https://www.circusreno.com/
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-05-2019, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
94 posts, read 37,878 times
Reputation: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
OP, I don't know how tight your budget will be, but if you can swing it, the steam train tour of the redwoods in the SC mountains would be fun for the whole family. Adult tickets: $32, kids: $23. You need to go on their website and reserve well in advance. Roaring Camp Railroads; the ride is narrated by a tour guide, who explains the history of the railway and logging in the area. Tour begins in Felton, outside Santa Cruz.
https://www.roaringcamp.com/kids-club
Great stuff. Thanks
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-06-2019, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
18,711 posts, read 26,792,614 times
Reputation: 37757
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jose Clua View Post
Yeah I am looking at Lake Tahoe and Reno now and the prices are unbelievable! There is a Circus themed hotel there in Reno where a room is only $100 usd! It seems something is wrong here. Maybe they charge fore playing in the arcades or watching circus acts?

https://www.circusreno.com/
They're hoping you'll gamble. Casinos often have good cheap buffets, too.

How far are you willing to travel?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > San Francisco - Oakland

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top