Santa Cruz vacation rentals

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Guest suite · Santa Cruz
Cozy garden westside king suite STR18-0122
This cool and comfortable private space is a great spot to stay while visiting Santa Cruz. Close to everything yet private with its own private entrance and in a quiet setting with an outdoor sitting area. The neighborhood is old Santa Cruz and close to everything. Don’t forget the comfortable king bed! The best deal in Santa Cruz! Make sure to read INPORTANT NOTE!
Jan 16 – 23
$131 per night
Guesthouse · Santa Cruz
SC Boat Harbor/Boardwalk Hideaway
SC Boat HarborBoardwalk Hideaway House Manual/Rules Centrally located near Safeway, grocery outlet bargain market, whole foods, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Capitola Mall. Easy access on and off Highway 1 and Highway 17 Important information in case of emergency In the event of any major problems such as: 1. Fire- 911 2. Sickness -911 3. PAMF Urgent Care or 4. Dignity Health Hospital – 6500 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 5. Plummer- Jim-831-419-4906 6. Lisa- 831-419-3460 House Rules Cleaning fees $100 No smoking/drugs allowed on premises at anytime No loud parties No overnight guests without host knowledge . Under no circumstances should anything be put in toilets or bathroom/kitchen sinks that would clog up or cause any blockage. - [ ] Bathroom: all feminine products and paper towels, etc. should be placed in waste basket in bathrooms. Clogged toilets will be charged to guests! Kitchen: oils/greasy items to be placed in garbage cans instead of in kitchen sink. Remove all garbage to outside house garbage cans. All rooms:candles not to be used at any time by guests. Bedroom: remove sheets and pillow cases from bed, put in laundry basket and bathroom, but, Leave shams on pillows, and top bedspread draped on foot board of bed. Empty waste baskets and remove items from closet and under beds.
Dec 7 – 14
$104 per night
Private room · Santa Cruz
Zen Garden Sanctuary
Catch the soft chime of a bell or lyrical note of water falling on water. Priv. entrance. Priv. bath, Sunny room w/ gated garden. Quiet neighborhood. Walk to ocean. UCSC, Marine Lab, wharf nearby. Wine tasting, pubs and restaurants. bike, hike, surf. The price of this room includes a mandatory 11% occupancy tax required by the city of Santa Cruz.
Mar 24 – 31
$108 per night

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Stay near Santa Cruz's top sights

Photo of Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Cruz Wharf85 locals recommend
Photo of Main Beach
Main Beach4 locals recommend
Photo of Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center49 locals recommend
Photo of Giant Dipper
Giant Dipper6 locals recommend
Photo of UCSC Arborebum
UCSC Arborebum8 locals recommend
Photo of Santa Cruz Harbor
Santa Cruz Harbor30 locals recommend

Santa Cruz beach vacation rentals

Home · Santa Cruz
Historic Harbor Studio, near Twin Lakes Beach and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Feb 23 – Mar 2
$171 per night
Private room · Santa Cruz
Beach Getaway Studio
Jan 29 – Feb 5
$104 per night
Guest suite · Santa Cruz
Savasana Surfer's Retreat
Feb 25 – Mar 4
$133 per night
Guest suite · Santa Cruz
Birdsong Studio by Beach--Jasmine Gardens
Feb 5 – 12
$110 per night
Cottage · Santa Cruz
Seabright Cottage: Walk to the Beach & Boardwalk
Aug 30 – Sep 6
$226 per night
Townhouse · Santa Cruz
Boho Beach Condo with Ocean View Balcony!
Feb 14 – 21
$228 per night
Home · Santa Cruz
26th Ave Beach Home. 1 block to beach.
Feb 27 – Mar 6
$261 per night
Townhouse · Santa Cruz
Beach Bunk-Bed Bungalow
Jan 3 – 10
$135 per night
Private room · Santa Cruz
Sunlit Surf Studio - Downtown - Walk to Beach!
Dec 17 – 24
$189 per night
Home · Santa Cruz
Steps to Black's Beach
Dec 8 – 15
$194 per night
Private room · Santa Cruz
Near Beach, Boardwalk, Wharf, Restaurants.
Mar 1 – 8
$125 per night
Private room · Santa Cruz
Room with a view on the Pleasure Point surf break
Nov 5 – 12
$154 per night

Downtown Santa Cruz vacation rentals

Earthen home · Aptos
Adobe Casita in Aptos Mountain Retreat & Spa
Dec 12 – 19
$86 per night
Guesthouse · Felton
Private Retreat Studio
Nov 14 – 21
$92 per night
Guest suite · Aptos
The Hummingbird Haven
Oct 24 – 31
$108 per night
Tiny home · Aptos
Sunset Nest in Aptos Mountain Retreat & Spa
Dec 10 – 17
$120 per night
Private room · Santa Cruz
Midtown Private Cabana-Private Entry
Nov 29 – Dec 6
$123 per night
Apartment · Santa Cruz
Cosy home waiting for you!
Dec 13 – 20
$102 per night
Guesthouse · Santa Cruz
PrIvate Seabright Garden Apartment
Dec 15 – 22
$117 per night
Guest suite · Boulder Creek
Enjoy Private Redwoods from Your Bed or the Deck
Feb 24 – Mar 3
$100 per night
Guest suite · Soquel
Beach Dreams🏖 Cozy Private Suite Retreat ❤️ 181153
Jun 14 – 21
$93 per night
Loft · Scotts Valley
Charming 1940's Farmhouse in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Jan 8 – 15
$95 per night
Guest suite · Santa Cruz
Arana Gulch/PurpleTriangle Hideaway
Dec 25 – Jan 1
$115 per night
Place to stay · Santa Cruz
Cozy room with a private entrance, on the westside
Jun 29 – Jul 6
$127 per night

Your guide to 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.

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 to book vacation rentals here if you want 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.


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.