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Entire home/apt
3 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
Per Night
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About this listing

Summer Rental Only
The Surf Shack is a tiny apartment, that is in the back of my main house. It is alley facing and has no view. It is perfect for small families, a couple or anyone who wants to be near everything and is excited that it's half the price of a motel room next door. Walking distance to everything right in the hub of Beach Flats. Quiet and tranquil, not so much!

Lay your weary head on our comfy Queen size bed!

Lay your weary head on our comfy Queen size bed!

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The Space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1 (Private)
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $25
Security Deposit: $250
Weekly discount: 10%
Cancellation: Moderate


The Space

It's location, location location! Near the beach, two blocks from the roller coasters(you may hear peals of laughter from the Boardwalk) a ten minute walk to downtown or your surf lesson!...This is theREAR, alley facing apartment in the back of our home (listed on 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. ( doll like stove, full size refrigerator, stocked kitchen with pots pans/knoves and cutting boards) Bathroom with shower. It sits above the ground on a private, locked, rear porch. (alley facing-no view) 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 a host of channels

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 $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.

Guest Access

We have Boogey Boards, Beach Cruisers,Beach Towels, Umbreallas and Beach (URL HIDDEN) all about the beach!

Interaction with Guests

I'm available by cell 24/7 during your stay

The Neighborhood

This is Beach Flats-it's near the Boardwalk. It may be loud depending on the day and crowd? It's definitely a touristy neighborhood with many motels nearby.

Getting Around

The surf Shack has two private parking spaces.

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is after 4PM

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.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay
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Your Host



Piedmont, California, United States · Member since May 2012

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.

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