Vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

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Country Garden Private Guest Suite (Dog friendly)
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Private room · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 private bath
Country Garden Private Guest Suite (Dog friendly)Charming garden guest suite with private entrance & private patio, located down the street from Henry Cowell State Park, Pasatiempo Golf Course & 6 miles from the 1440 Multiversity with great freeway access and only minutes from the beach and hiking. Suite includes private bathroom, hallway, mini-fridge, microwave & coffee. We welcome everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, political affiliation, gender & orientation. Friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome too.
Cozy room with a private entrance, on the westside
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Entire place · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Cozy room with a private entrance, on the westsideSTR18-0122 We are situated in the BEST area! We are a 20 minute walk to downtown and 20-25 minute walk to West Cliff Dr. We have many restaurants within walking distance: Mexican, Thai, Chinese, burger, Greek, falafel. There's a great bakery a block away.
Master Bedroom w/ Soaker Tub
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Private room · 3 guests · 1 bed · 1 private bath
Master Bedroom w/ Soaker TubPrivate entrance, soaker tub and a great location.

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First Peak Retreat
$156 per night
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Calm Seaside Studio Attached to homePrivate entry
$106 per night
  1. Entire residential home
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NEW! Beach Hill Hideaway -Steps 2 Boardwalk/Beach
$575 per night
  1. Entire rental unit
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30StepsToBeach-AquariumPasses,E-Bikes& Surfboards
$195 per night
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Sunny, modern/contemporary one-bedroom.
$160 per night
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Quiet near beach, greenbelt, town!
$107 per night
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Charming West-Side Pied-a-Terre
$119 per night
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Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest
$136 per night
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Steps to Black's Beach
$186 per night
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The Pleasure Point Beach House
$331 per night
  1. Entire townhouse
  2. Capitola
Bella Capitola
$100 per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Capitola
Beach cottage close to Capitola Village and Wharf
$229 per night

Your guide to Santa Cruz

All About Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town, where the waves are big, the vibe is laid-back, and every third person has a surfboard hanging out of their jeep. Here you'll find a treasure trove of funky thrift shops side by side with locavore restaurants that source their ingredients from nearby farms. The infamous Santa Cruz Beach, just a stone's throw away from downtown, is known for its vintage boardwalk and surf culture (the modern wetsuit was invented here). Venture inland to the Santa Cruz Mountains and you'll be greeted by nearly 2,000-year-old redwood trees and a handful of California’s most forward-thinking wineries. And there's no shortage of unique rentals to call home for your stay, from leafy beach bungalows on Laurel Street to relaxing Spanish revival abodes lining Soquel Avenue and the Victorian homes of Beach Hill.


How do I get around Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz is located 75 miles south of San Francisco in Santa Cruz County. The nearest major airport is San Jose International Airport (SJC), 30 miles north. The fastest and most direct way to reach Santa Cruz from there is to rent a car and drive. An airport shuttle is the next best option, followed by the Santa Cruz Metro bus service, which connects the airport to Santa Cruz through a somewhat complicated route. Alternatively you can fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and rent a car. It's a wise choice to have a rental car for your trip if you plan to take advantage of the area's state parks and visit neighboring towns like Aptos.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Cruz?

June through August are the warmest and driest months in Santa Cruz, coinciding with peak travel season. Something to keep in mind: A coastal California phenomenon known as June gloom means that fog is known to creep in during early summer, potentially impacting your beach-going plans. Late summer tends to be more reliable for sunny days, and fall is actually one of the best times of year for cloudless skies, pleasant weather, and fewer crowds; October still maintains high temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit. January and February are the wettest and coldest months, with just over 6 inches of average rainfall and an average low of 42 degrees.


What are the top things to do in Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has attracted visitors for more than a century and is one of only two existing coastal amusement parks on the West Coast. This outdoor stretch boasts roller coasters, concession stands, and dozens of carnival games, all set against the backdrop of the dazzling ocean.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Save a day for a trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, four miles north of town. A 40-acre grove of sky-scraping old-growth redwood trees is the main draw, but the trails expand into other habitats including grassland, rivers, and sand hills. You can explore it via hiking trails, bike, or horseback.

Capitola

This cheery seaport village in Santa Cruz County is worth a visit for its unique Easter egg-colored cottages and seafood restaurants. Shops and galleries sell crafts and artwork by local artists, and the beach is perfectly positioned for a sunset stroll.