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39 Travelers rated Santa Cruz highly for Family-Friendly and Beaches

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Top Rated Hotels for your Santa Cruz Vacation

Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club
Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club
5.0 out of 5.0 Quinta Dr. Americo Durao, Sitio Da Terca, Santa Cruz
Free Cancellation
$133
5.0/5 (1 reviews)

When my husband's medicine broke, the manager of the hotel personally drove across the island to obtain replacement medication. That's service! In addition to the lovely staff, the rooms look over the water, the (free) breakfast is plentiful and good, and bus access to the rest of the island is ...

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2015
Offering direct access to the beach, this Santa Cruz hotel is next to a golf course, 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Santa Cruz Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Santo ...

Things To Do during your Santa Cruz Vacation

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Tips for planning your Santa Cruz vacation

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Santa Cruz Vacation Package Deals

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Santa Cruz Travel Guide

Where is Santa Cruz?

There's no need to wait until you're buckled in your seat peering at the flight route to find out where Santa Cruz is — allow us to point you in the right direction.

Santa Cruz is located 3 miles southwest of Canico. You'll also find it 5 miles northeast of Machico.

6,000 locals live in this area of Madeira Island.

Places to Visit in Santa Cruz

Don't zip up your suitcase without seeing some of the area's most noteworthy attractions, like the Botanical Garden and the Palheiro Gardens.

If you're looking for a low-cost day out, why not go to the beach? At Santa Cruz Beach you can breathe in some fresh air, take in the scenery and have a wade in the water. Need some more options? Watch the waves crash to the shore, taste the salt on your lips and listen to the seabirds' calls at Reis Magos Beach. There's still more to do here. There's something heartwarming about standing at the peak of Ponta da Oliveira and letting the sun and sea air wash over you as you look out on the endless horizon.

Car Rentals in Santa Cruz

How about discovering the region your own way? Be the architect of your own amazing adventure by checking out car rentals in Santa Cruz with the help of Orbitz.

As soon as you've hit the runway at Cristiano Ronaldo Airport, you'll be able to pick up a car right outside the terminal. Why not let the friendly people at Europcar and Alamo Rent A Car sort it out for you? You might also try Enterprise and Hertz.

If you choose to rent a vehicle in Santa Cruz, you'll need to venture away from the center of the city. Avis at Funchal Apt in Imaculado Coracao de Maria should have you driving around in no time.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz – Hotel Accommodation

Orbitz presently features 36 hotels in Santa Cruz. Secure one of the best options so you can begin planning the remainder of your epic vacation.

When you're planning your island getaway, have a look at the facilities and amenities at the Palheiro Village - Golf, Gardens & Spa and Quinta Do Lorde Resort Hotel Marina. All you need to do is pick the best one for you!

Nearest Airports to Santa Cruz

It can be challenging landing in a place you've never been to before, but the more you know about your destination, the more confident you'll feel. The closest airport to Santa Cruz is Cristiano Ronaldo Airport (FNC). It lies 2 miles to the northeast of the downtown area.

Popular Places to Visit Near Santa Cruz

If you've got a spare day and you're happy to travel 16 miles, stop by Sao Vicente. This nearby area has a world of activities on offer. Start uncovering the culture and character of the region at Pico Ruivo. If you'd like to learn more, stop at Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism Center and Sao Vicente Caves & Volcanism Centre too. If this isn't what you're after, try Ponta do Sol. Just 18 miles away, this area is home to more noteworthy attractions such as Ponta Do Sol Beach, the Beachside Square and Church of Our Lady of Light. Spend a day or two here to get around to all of them.

No Cancellation Fees

Whether you've had second thoughts or your plans have gone amiss for a different reason, we won't burden you with a fee if you need to cancel or change your booking. As we can't speak for your selected hotel or airline, it's wise to contact them about their policies.

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