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Vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

Vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

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Treehouse in Vineyard Overlooking Monterey Bay
SUPERHOST
Private room · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1.5 baths

Treehouse in Vineyard Overlooking Monterey BayBuilt on giant Douglas Fir trees, our treehouse is located on Lago Lomita Vineyards with a view of the entire Monterey Bay. The ladder/staircase leads to a 400 sq. ft. platform with a queen bed, electricity/WiFi in a tent! There is a full bath on the bottom floor of the main house, immediately inside the French Doors. See pics! Half hour to San Jose, 15 miles to the Capitola beach, and an hour from SFO or Monterey. Also, check out our 5 star yurt listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/19876384

Cabin at Juju Paradise:Santa Cruz Redwoods Retreat
SUPERHOST
Entire cabin · 3 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Cabin at Juju Paradise:Santa Cruz Redwoods RetreatNestled in a redwood grove below the main house, Juju Paradise has a 288 square foot cabin. Equipped with everything you need for a perfect forest getaway, this cabin is great for relaxing under the redwoods, reading a book, and getting away from it all. Take a hot shower under the redwoods- open air and enclosed by live edge redwood slabs. Equipped with a propane stove and oven, composting toilet, and LED lighting- you will not long for the traditional amenities of the city.

~Stairway to Tree Top Haven~
SUPERHOST
Entire apartment · 3 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

~Stairway to Tree Top Haven~Stunning Centrally located in the Redwoods, 5 min drive to Ocean, walk to Niceen Marks State park, or to Downtown Aptos and jog to the ocean. This apartment set for 3 adults-1 Queen bed and 1 full pull out sofa bed. Private entrance, Kitchen, and bath. Many windows revealing tree tops giving it a treehouse feel. The hot tub is an experience with the vast forest views. this apartment is located on the bottom floor of the main house. Private kitchen includes oven, fridge, microwave, and toaster

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  • Free parking on premises
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Seabright Condo
Entire townhouse
Seabright Condo
Price:$166 / night
Private Suite in the Redwoods with a View
SUPERHOSTEntire apartment
Private Suite in the Redwoods with a View
Price:$79 / night
Big sunny private room in a beautiful beach house
SUPERHOSTPrivate room
Big sunny private room in a beautiful beach house
Price:$56 / night
Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest
PLUSEntire guesthouse
Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest
Price:$101 / night
El Nido; a Peaceful, Relaxing, Restorative Retreat
PLUSEntire guest suite
El Nido; a Peaceful, Relaxing, Restorative Retreat
Price:$139 / night
Charming Seacliff Beach Rental
SUPERHOSTEntire house
Charming Seacliff Beach Rental
Price:$125 / night
Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View
PLUSTreehouse
Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View
Price:$558 / night
Private Guest-House in the Redwoods
SUPERHOSTEntire cabin
Private Guest-House in the Redwoods
Price:$137 / night
Redwood Getaway #2
SUPERHOSTEntire guesthouse
Redwood Getaway #2
Price:$65 / night
Cozy & Sunny 2-bedroom cottage in Seabright
SUPERHOSTEntire cottage
Cozy & Sunny 2-bedroom cottage in Seabright
Price:$126 / night
Snug and Cozy between the Skyline and the Sea
SUPERHOSTPrivate room
Snug and Cozy between the Skyline and the Sea
Price:$60 / night
Quiet, cozy  guest cottage
Entire guesthouse
Quiet, cozy guest cottage
Price:$92 / night

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.

Getting There

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.

Weather

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.

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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.

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