The Conference Venue

Santa Cruz and Northern California


Nestled between redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz is an idyllic college town of about 60,000 people located on the California coast.  As well as the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), the town features beaches, beautiful coast line and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with amusement rides on the weekend and games throughout the week.  Restaurants are plentiful and varied.  September is generally sunny and pleasant with highs in the low seventies Fahrenheit (20-23 C).

Santa Cruz is well located for those wishing to explore northern California before or after the conference.  Monterey and the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium are located 45 miles south.  Heading further south will take you to Big Sur and some of the prettiest coast line in the state.  Big Basin Redwoods State Park is just north of the city.  San Francisco, one of the most eclectic cities in the US, is located 75 miles to the north, featuring world class museums, Victorian houses, Alcatraz and many beautiful neighborhoods to explore.


Conference Location



The conference will be held on the UCSC campus. The Workshops on Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15 will be held in the Engineering Buildings, the AIIDE Conference Sessions on November 16-18 will be held in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), and the Opening Reception and Poster Session (November 16 and 17), will be held in the University Center. Please see the "Registration" tab for information about parking and purchasing parking permits. 

Directions to Campus

Campus Map

Printable Maps

The Santa Cruz Metro runs frequent buses from downtown locations to the UCSC campus. 

Santa Cruz Metro - Public Transportation
Please check website for schedules and travel times. Fares are subject to change but are currently $2.00 one way.


Santa Cruz does not have its own international airport, but is serviced by the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose airports.  San Jose has the closest airport, although the other two airports may occasionally have more economical fares. Please be aware that depending on arrival/departure time, travel time to and from Oakland may be significant due to traffic. Shuttles from these airports can be arranged in advance.

For Bay Area airport shuttle information, please click here.

For further airport connection details, including shuttles and public transportation, please click here.

Airport Shuttle Service

Airport Taxi Service (San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland airports)


Santa Cruz is home to many excellent restaurants. Here are some resources that you may use to plan your dining excursions in the city:

Restaurants in Downtown Santa Cruz

Dining List: A-Z Dining in Santa Cruz



Santa Cruz is a popular holiday destination and offers a wide range of accommodation.  We are offering options for varied budgets. 

All rooms are limited and available until sold out or noted expiration date is reached.

If you are looking for roommates to share a room with, please contact the program chair ( to be connected with others who are interested.

For your convenience, AAAI has reserved a small block of rooms for AIIDE-15 attendees at the hotels listed below. Attendees must contact the hotels directly. Please identify yourself as an AIIDE-15 conference attendee to qualify for the reduced rates. Attendees are encouraged to reserve early due to the limited number of rooms reserved.

Carousel Beach Inn
Distance to UCSC Campus: 3 miles
Public Transportation: Approximately 45 minutes
110 Riverside Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Phone: (831) 425-7090

Call-in is required for reserving discounted group rate rooms.
Refer to: "AIIDE-15 Conference" when calling
Rates/Room Types: 
King or Queen Bed: $99.00 per night, plus tax
Queen Double: $129.00 per night, plus tax
King Spa: $159.00 per night, plus tax
King View: $149.00 per night, plus tax

Reserve before: October 16, 2015

There will be a 11% transient tax and a $2.50 per night tourist marketing tax added the above rates.
Rates based on single or double occupancy. Children under 16 stay free in parent’s room. Additional guest $10 per person. 
Parking is limited to one vehicle per guest room. 
Pets are not permitted.
American Express, MasterCard and VISA accepted. 
Sorry, no checks accepted. Rates subject to change.
Room reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival. 

Sea and Sand Inn
Distance to UCSC Campus: 2.2 miles
Public Transportation: Approximately 35 minutes
201 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
Phone: (831) 427-3400

Call-in is required for reserving discounted group rate rooms.
Refer to: "AIIDE" group when calling
Rates/Room Types: 
Standard King Room: $179 per night, plus tax Friday and Saturday nights, $139 per night, plus tax Sunday - Thursday nights
Standard Queen Room: $159 per night, plus tax Friday and Saturday nights, $129 per night, plus tax Sunday - Thursday nights
Standard Double Queen Room: $189 per night, plus tax Friday and Saturday nights, $149 per night, plus tax Sunday - Thursday nights

Reserve before: October 16, 2015

All reservations must be secured with a valid credit card. If we are unable to hold funds on your credit card 48 hours prior to your arrival, your reservation will be cancelled without notification. Rates are based on single or double occupancy. Additional guest is $10.00. Children under 12 stay free in parent's room. Pets are not permitted. Parking is limited to one vehicle per guest room. Room reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival to avoid penalty charge. Transient occupancy tax and $1.00 TMD assessment will be added per room per night. Check in time is anytime after 3PM and check out is at 11AM. Late check out is subject to a $30 late check out fee. 

Other Accommodation options 

Dream Inn

The Dream Inn is a beachfront hotel in Santa Cruz, offering upscale accommodations. Ideally located a few blocks from The Boardwalk and close to UC Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn is Santa Cruz’s upscale boutique hotel.


West Cliff Inn B&B

This distinctive Santa Cruz, California bed and breakfast inn is situated on a bluff across from Cowell's Beach and the famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B.


Beach Street Inn & Suites

Perched atop one of the most spectacularly scenic vantage points on the entire Santa Cruz coastline, Beach Street Inn and Suites offers guests breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and the main beach directly below. Their newly renovated ocean view rooms overlooking the bay are equipped with flat screen TVs, ipod docking stations, wireless internet and free WiFi.


Sea and Sand Inn

At the Sea and Sand, every room has an ocean view, free continental breakfast, selected rooms with spas, suites with hot tubs on private patios overlooking ocean, complimentary wireless Internet service in every room, Mediterranean climate, European charm, and within easy walking distance to the Santa Cruz wharf and Boardwalk.


Seaway Inn

The Seaway Inn is a charming Santa Cruz hotel perched on a hillside overlooking Monterey Bay.  It has all the warmth and coziness of a classic beach hotel with a full array of modern amenities.  It is just a short walk to family fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, world-class surfing at Steamer Lane, fine dining at the Municipal Wharf, and unique shops and entertainment in bustling Downtown Santa Cruz. 


Ocean Pacific Lodge

The Ocean Pacific Lodge is a Santa Cruz beach hotel. The hotel is only two blocks away from the Santa Cruz wharf which offers boating tours, fishing, local shops, and fine dining. Just a block further, the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a must see for visitors to the area.


Bay Front Inn

The hotel is located on Pacific Ave. just minutes away from lively downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, beautiful beaches and one of California's most scenic coastlines. They are within walking distance to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and a variety of local restaurants and bars. The Bay Front Inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast, free wireless internet, free parking, and pet-friendly accommodations.

In offering University of California, Santa Cruz, the Sea and Sand Inn, the Carousel Beach Inn, the Ocean Pacific Lodge, Dream Inn, West Cliff B&B, Beach Street Inn & Suites, Seaway Inn, and Bay Front Inn (hereinafter referred to as "Suppliers") and all other service providers for the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence acts only in the capacity of agent for the Suppliers, which are the providers of hotel rooms and transportation. Because the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence has no control over the personnel, equipment or operations of providers of accommodations or other services included as part of the AIIDE conference, AAAI assumes no responsibility for and will not be liable for any personal delay, inconveniences or other damage suffered by conference participants which may arise by reason of (1) any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any Supplier or its employees, (2) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment or instrumentality owned, operated or otherwise used by any Supplier, or (3) any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any other party not under the control, direct or otherwise, of AAAI.