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.
Boogey Boards, Beach Cruisers, Umbreallas and Beach Chairs...it's all about the beach!
Interaction with Guests
I'm available by cell 24/7 during your stay.
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.
We were in town for the Santa Cruz half ironman and stayed at the surf shack for a few nights. Perfect location, so close to the beach, Boardwalk and cafe's and restaurants. We had everything provided to us - from fridge supplies to beach towels. Sydney was very responsive to our every question and made our stay even better. A lot to love about staying here!
Sydney is a great host! She responded quickly to all the questions that I had. The surf shack has a great location, it's just a short walk away from the beach and downtown. The apartment itself is clean, but the kitchen and shower are a but run down. But it's still a great getaway for a few days!
We had amazing days at the surf shack! Everything was so beautiful and Sydney was the best hostes we could have imagine. There I not one negative thing to say. We didn't expected that the fridge would be filled up, but it was. We didn't expected to find wonderful bikes, sunshades, folding chairs for the beach and more, but there was. So if you wanna come to Santa Cruz stay at Sydney's beautiful apartment just a few minutes to the beach.
All there's left to say is thank you Sydney :)
The place was perfect for what we wanted- it was my husband and I and our two toddlers. Kid friendly, super cute furnishings, clean, and great location. Thanks Sydney!
Had another awesome time here at the Surf Shack. The kids and I look forward to our trip to Santa Cruz every summer and the Surf Shack does not disappoint. Thanks Sydney!
Super central to beach and Boardwalk, great location, convenient parking, accommodating host. Teeny but cute decor.
Our host was very accommodating. She answered my emails promptly, and did everything that was asked of her. Upon arrival to the rental, my mother and brother were disappointed in the condition of the home. They decided to not stay there, and ended up doubling up with other family members. The pictures were deceiving, and the area did not make them feel very comfortable.
Hi Sandy-I'm a little surprised to see a review as you didn't stay at the house or even contact me to express any concerns, you waited until I contacted you? I'm not sure what "poor condition" is? I have always gotten great reviews for accuracy, cleaniness etc?(Over 35 to date?) The Comfort Inn, next door to my house charges $225 (Friday/Saturday) nights and $40 for parking so a "nicer hotel room" on a weekend for $100 doesn't exist in Santa Cruz? There was a welcome letter on the kitchen table with my cell phone number, I'm not sure how your brother would have overlooked the kitchen table and not noticed that there was another(non-computer) method of contact? Apparently, you didn't actually come by the house, so your text to me, after I reached out to you was purposely vague, "they didn't like the looks of the place" and now you have the audacity to say it's in "poor condition" really? The mailbox holding thehouse key was left open which just shows the overall lack of respect your family showed towards my property, would it have been so hard to relock the combination lock? A very dissapointing experince from my perspective.
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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(13&15) 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. 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.