About this listing
Summer Rental Only...
The Surf Shack is perfect for small families, a couple or anyone who wants to be near everything! Walking distance to everything right in the hub. Quiet and tranquil, not so much.
It's location, location location! Near the beach, two blocks from the roller coasters, a ten minute walk to downtown or your surf lesson!...This is the rear unit of our home (listed on airbnb.com as Sand Surf and Roller Coasters) It's a small one bedroom apartment, that is the converted rear porch on our 1905 bungalow. It has one little bedroom, tiny living room, minuscule galley kitchen. (stove, full size refrigerator, stocked kitchen) Bathroom with shower. It sits above the ground on a private, locked, rear porch. (alley facing-no view) Yes, we have a table top grill, yes we have an oven. Need to whip up an egg white omelette, blend a green smoothie-no problem! This is not the place you will want to chill for hours on end. This is the place to collapse after conquering THE CRUZ.
You, the perfect renter will arrive with your well worn running shoes, your surf board, SUP or your volleyball. You will love that it's a ten minute stroll to downtown and a mightier 20 minute jog to the really cute strip in Capitola. You are here for the BIG KAHUNA Tri, the Santa Cruz Marathon or the Wharf to Wharf race. IF you want a place to lay your weary head, lock your gear and keep your grub cold then you WANT the SURF SHACK!
The bed is comfy, queen size-memory foam, the sheets are cotton, we have two foam mattress camper style cots for a third person or your two kids if you are a couple. High speed Internet/Wi-Fi and a TV with DVD player...
With the free Friday Night concerts at the Boardwalk(80's Big hair bands) $1 Tuesday rides after 5, Wednesday is movie night at the beach, Bowling, PeeWee Golf and Laser Tag or the Catalyst downtown for live music, are you really going to watch TV?
The bus to UCSC is across the street, the main transit station is a ten minute walk and located downtown. Surf, SUP and kayaking lessons are offered nearby, a five minute walk to the Wharf and Cowell Beach.
The Surf Shack is clean, simple and comfortable. My summers were spent between two lake houses. One grandmother had a 1000 foot, two bedroom cottage with hand me down furniture. We piled up to 14 cousins into the cottage using various cots and beds. The other was a home covered in plastic where we had to shower before entering and never, ever could flop on the couch in a soggy swimsuit. Having five kids of my own, I never wanted to stress over damp bathing suits or sandy feet, that's not what summer is about! Everything is washable and sand doesn't freak us out.
SUMMER 2015-The City of Santa Cruz levies a 11% tax for the privilege of occupying a room or rooms or other living space in a hotel, inn, tourist home or house, motel or other lodging wherein living accommodations for periods less than thirty days are customarily offered for hire. The tax is paid by the occupant and collected by the operator. The operator then remits the tax to the city. The 11% will be added to your reservation and you will be issued a receipt for the tax at the time of your stay. this will add approximately $9.35 a night to your reservation. To offset this I will keep my room rates flat from 2014 and other than the 4th of July there should be no weekend differential.
The $10 surcharge after two people is simply to cover water usuage. As with most of California, Santa Cruz rations water. We wash our linens, beach towels and bath towels onsite and the $10 covers the difference between what we use at a regular rate and what we use at a higher rate because we are over our allotment. If your party number changes, simply leave the difference on the kitchen table, it has worked well for us on the honor system.
We want you to come and conquer Santa Cruz, not our house. You have a shared wall with our house, we cater to families, so No Girls Gone Wild Video shoots or parties. No smoking in the house. If your furry friends come along, we ask that you pick up after them and keep them off the furniture.
Had a fantastic couple of nights here. Very close to the Beach and Boardwalk. Sydney accommodated our request for an early check in so we could get to a wedding too. Would definitely recommend a stay here to anyone
Sydney, Had a great 3 days with friends in Santa Cruz. Your place is cozy and very convenient. Thanks
This our second year staying at the beach shack. We also got to meet Sydney this year. We love coming to Santa Cruz for the summer and enjoy this place for the location to beach/boardwalk and convenience of being in an apartment opposed to a hotel. Her place is clean, warm and safe. There are bikes, beach chairs, toiletries, grill, outside area, beach towels, a comfortable bed and a clean bathroom/shower/kitchen. We look forward to coming back next summer.!
We even left a hat and Sydney is returning it to us.
Thanks again. See you next summer.
The Surf Shack was great! Sydney actually happened to be there when we arrived, so she was able to help us get situated and she told me about some good spots to go running. The apartment is clean and simple, good for 2 people or a couple with small children. Sydney has also provided many of the necessities you may need if you forgot to pack something, which is very thoughtful. The Surf Shack has parking right at your door, which is wonderful considering that parking can be difficult or expensive during the busy summer season.
You are walking distance to the boardwalk, which is a great place to start looking around. You are also close enough to downtown (a ton of shops, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops) to walk if you like long strolls and time isn't an issue.
This was our first time using Airbnb. I found the beach cottage right before the busy 4th of July weekend. I easily booked it with the phone app and was contacted quickly by the owner Sydney. She was super friendly and even said we could check in before noon which was so nice!! She told us before going their were plenty of beach towel, chairs and even beach bikes that we could use! When we got there we had our own parking spot and never moved the car again till we left. The place is just like the photos and super cute and efficient. Being two blocks from the beach and boardwalk you really can't get a more private and better location for enjoying the coast. Also Sydney even had beer and wine in the fridge and almost any toiletry product you may have forgotten or need in the bathroom! It's all there and much more at the very cute and quite beach bungalow. We will be back for sure!!
Sydney was nice and helpful, the apartment is clean, has everything you need and looks like the pictures. The neighborhood is a bit shady though, one of two nights we stayed here we heard some people yelling and arguing late at the night/early in the morning. I think there live quite many homeless and drug addicted people near the beach in Santa Cruz. But the surf schack is one floor up, so we were never scared. Other than that, we had a great time here!
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About the Host, Sydney
I was lucky enough to have lived in France for a few years and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Many of my adventures were with three small children in tow so I'm fairly well versed in all things children and how to vacation with kids successfully. I still have two boys underfoot(12&14) so while we were putting our beach home together I was trying to make it comfortable and functional. I spent many summers in a lakeside cabin in Michigan and never once worried about whether I had sand on my feet as I traipsed through the house. We have a slew of furry friends and while WE DON'T TAKE them to Santa Cruz, not a dog friendly town, we do travel with them. Therefore, I understand folks who schelp their four-legged friends along. To that end most things in my house are washable and we simply ask you to keep your furry friends off the furniture and beds. My idea of a perfect vacation is to be able to walk everywhere, life as a mom requires far too much driving! Our girl in Santa Cruz allows me to stroll to Pacific Avenue(groceries, restaurants and movies) as well as a one block mosey to the sand. In my opinion if I can avoid getting in my car, it's a WIN!
I'm outnumbered and live with all guys so my movie habits seem to involve a lot of exploding robots or superheroes. I'm also more apt to be found at the pizza place with the Samurai wielding pizza thrower than I am at the "new place." My youngest is an avid hamburger fan so currently we are eating our way through the Burger Joints. Betty's Burgers is the top ranked in Santa Cruz to date. (one location up the hill and one on Pacific Avenue) Their happy hour pitcher of mojitos is not bad either. Keep in mind the food critic is a 12yo boy-he will agree that the Buttery on Soquel Ave. (with their outside picnic tables) is still our top ranked destination to eat breakfast or lunch in the Cruz.