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What is the address for the Dream Inn Hotel?

Dream Inn.

175 W Cliff Dr.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone: (844) 510-1746

What time is check-in & check-out?

Check-in is 4:00pm and check out is at 11:00am

If I arrive early or check out late can I leave my baggage at the front desk?

Yes, if you arrive or leave outside of check-in/check-times you may arrange to leave your luggage at the valet stand. You can also check-in at the concierge service available at the front desk.

General Dream Inn Information

Where should I park?

Please park in the Dream Inn parking lot located directly across the street from the hotel. Parking fees are waived for all conference attendees and parking tickets can be validated at the front desk.

Where else can I stay other than the Dream Inn?

Sea & Sand Inn – Next hotel over from Dream Inn

West Cliff Inn – approx. 0.4 miles

Beach Street Inn & Suites – approx. 0.9 miles

Outsite Green House – approx. 1.1 miles

Carousel Beach Inn  – approx. 1.7 miles

Pacific Blue Inn – approx. 0.9 miles


What are closest airports?

The closest airports are San Jose International Airport (34 miles) and San Francisco International Airport (67 miles).

How do I get from the airport to the conference?

We encourage carpooling, utilizing airport shuttle services, or taking public transportation to the Dream Inn. Please find information for shuttle services, rentals cars, and public transportation below.

Dream Inn Map

San Jose International Airport Transportation Information:

List of Shuttle Services

Rental Cars

Public Transportation via Santa Cruz Metro

San Francisco International Airport Transportation Information:

Public Transportation via BART Rapid Rail and Caltrain Commuter Rail: Provides service between San Francisco and San Jose

Rental Cars


We are proud to be working with STOKE Certified for the 5th Global Wave Conference to ensure sustainability practices among our event organizers and attendees.

The Dream Inn is located steps away from the beach and near downtown Santa Cruz. We highly encourage walking, taking public transportation, or carpooling during your stay.

The Dream Inn also has a limited number of complimentary beach cruisers, available first come first serve, (inquire at valet desk).

The Santa Cruz Metro is located across the street from the Dream Inn on Bay Street, servicing three major routes (03, 19, 20). Please use their “Trip Planner” feature located on their homepage to plan your trip here.


 Where can I find the agenda before the conference?

The conference agenda is posted on the event website below.
Global Wave Conference Agenda

Will I receive a printed conference agenda?

In order to reduce waste and improve attendee experience we will be using the mobile event app Whova. Information about the Whova along with instructions on how to use the app will be provided to attendees before the conference. 

The GWC Event is now published yet, but download Whova today!

Where will the meeting sessions be held?

All sessions will be held in the Surf View room across from the registration table.

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NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data. Access useful information like ridesharing and local attractions through the Bulletin Board


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Where can I rent surfboards?

You can rent surfboards and wetsuits at Cowells Beach Surf Shop right down the street from the Dream Inn.


Cowells Beach Surf Shop

30 Front Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Monday, March 5th

What: Happy Hour at the Sanctuary Exploration Center

When: 6:30 pm

Where: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Tuesday, March 6th

What: Save the Waves Film Festival at the Patagonia Outlet Store

When: 7:30 pm

Where: 415 River St, #C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Wednesday, March 7th

Paddle Out: 5:00 PM (more details to follow)


What is included in the cost of my registration?

Your conference registration includes full and open access to all sessions, the Happy Hour at the Sanctuary Exploration Center and the Save the Waves Film Festival at the Patagonia Store. Conference attendees are responsible for all related expenses such as air travel, ground transportation, and additional activities outside of the conference agenda.  

Are meals included?

Morning coffee service and lunch are provided Monday – Wednesday during the conference. Conference attendees are responsible for dinner and any additional meals.

Can I obtain an invoice/receipt for a registration?

All ticket purchasers should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of their purchase and a detailed receipt will be provided after the event. Please email to get an emailed copy if needed prior.

Can I get a refund for my ticket?

No refunds or cancellations are allowed for registration fees. If you believe you have a special exemption to this policy, please email

Additional questions not covered in this FAQ?


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