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USA California The Central California Coast Santa Cruz Listing #6645

The Boardwalk Haven - Santa Cruz, CA

41 reviews
Max occupancy: 4 2 Queen Bed 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms No pets 
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Enjoy peace of mind with flexible travel options:

  • At least 7 days before check-in: You can reschedule your trip, or cancel and receive 100% of the cost as a Future Stay Credit.
  • At least 30 days before check-in: You also have the option to cancel for a refund (minus the booking fee).

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Cozy home with gas fireplace and furnished balcony close to beach and boardwalk

Escape to beautiful Santa Cruz for some beach fun with the family or a romantic getaway at this updated home with furnished balcony, gas fireplace, and full kitchen.

This two-bedroom rental is just a short stroll from the San Lorenzo River and the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Enjoy the seaside Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for rides, midway games, and carnival-style treats, less than a mile away. When you arrive, park in one of the two gated parking spots.

Featuring chic decor and modern sensibilities, this home is bright, airy, and very welcoming.

The living area has a cozy sofa and two armchairs, a warming gas fireplace, and sliding door access out to the furnished balcony. Alongside this, there's a dining table for six, perfect for family game nights or enjoying delicious, home-cooked meals prepared in the nearby full kitchen.

The sparkling kitchen has plenty of prep space, drawers and cabinets stocked with utensils, cookware, and dinnerware, and an array of stainless steel appliances including a refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, and coffee maker. A dishwasher is also provided to help keep this space nice and tidy during your stay!

The master bedroom has a plush queen-size bed and en suite full bathroom with shower. The guest room is just down the hall also has a queen-size bed. With two bedrooms and two full baths, this home sleeps up to four lucky guests very comfortably.

Gather outside on the well-appointed balcony for meals or morning coffee. Channel surf on the large, wall-mounted TV with a Roku located in the living room. And thanks to the free WiFi, you can hop online with ease to share updates, photos, and videos of your vacation with friends and family back home. This rental also comes with a washer/dryer located off the kitchen to ensure you start each and every day with fresh and clean clothes.

While there's plenty of fun to be had at the sandy beaches located less than a mile from this home, a short, half-mile trip west will bring you into the heart of Santa Cruz where you'll find plenty of restaurants, specialty shops, museums, and live entertainment venues.

Whatever the reason for your next trip to Santa Cruz, make sure you reserve this clean and contemporary home with us today!

* Please be aware this home is not recommended for children. Please contact us if you would like assistance finding a more suitable rental. Thank you! A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.

Property permit ID: STR18-0116



Washer/dryer : Shared

Heating & cooling


Gas fireplace

House rules

Not suitable for children

Kitchen & dining






Internet : AT&T


Netflix streaming




41 reviews

Christopher G. Sep 2020
Nice place located walking distance from the boardwalk and waterfront. Had a vehicle broken into inside the gated parking area. Clean service are the worst. I’ve had better linen at a cheap motel and floors haven’t been mopped in weeks!
Manager response:
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the home and the location! We have also reached out and addressed the issues of the cleanliness of the home to ensure future cleans will be up to the Vacasa standard. We hope to host you again soon!
Lou Ann R. Sep 2020
We loved our short time at the Boardwalk Haven condo. It was clean, very well stocked with kitchen items, towels, etc. The patio was nice to sit on, the 2 bathrooms for 2 people was GREAT! Love the security of gates for entrance to the condo and parking. We will stay here again in a heartbeat! Thank you so much for offering your condo for rent, loved our time there, could have used a few more days of relaxation there!
pam s. Jul 2020
Lots of room,very clean,good location gated everything you need,freshly painted with updated appliances
Megan D. Mar 2020
This was a nice apartment for a short term stay. It was clean, comfortable, and had the convenience of a kitchen, laundry, etc.

I wasn't able to get down to the beach -- so I can't speak to how convenient it is for that.

My only piece of feedback would be that when I turned on the heater, it spelled like food cooking -- onions or something like that. I'm wondering if the vents need to be cleaned or if it somehow filters air from another unit.
Manager response:
Thank you for staying with us, Megan! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We will work with our team to identify areas for improvement. We look forward to hosting you again!
Sharon L. Mar 2020
Perfect for what we needed My daughter was out of the hospital with a brand new baby. We needed some place to regroup before she went out of town. The kitchen that’s wonderful, but our favorite was the fireplace. Only suggestion would be to put a TV in the master bedroom. Otherwise it’s fantastic. Clean and neat and amply furnished thank you !!!!
Robbyn J. Jan 2020
We loved this place! My colleague and I stayed at this property for four days. It was perfect! Super clean, parking and great location. It was also very quiet! Even the neighbors are nice!
barbara b. Dec 2019
Very roomy and comfortable layout. Many amenities.
suzanne c. Sep 2019
this place was well kept and easy to find. was within walking distance of good restaurants and boardwalk and wharf. worth the price.
Donna M. Jul 2019
The apartment was much room and so close to the boardwalk. The kids loved it too. Wish we stayed longer
Audrina D. Jun 2019
It was a perfect birthday surprise.
Heather T. Jun 2019
Such a great location! Safe parking off street. Updated large kitchen and updated bathrooms. Great lay out. Loved having laundry in the unit. Will definitely be back.
Geoffrey W. Mar 2019
Really enjoyed our stay. The house was perfectly located only a 10 minutes from the beach and boardwalk and 10 minutes from the centre of town. House was perfectly decked out and nice and clean. Would stay there again.
Ida Maria S. Dec 2018
Foi nossa segunda vez. Apartamento tipo casa muito agradável, em rua tranquila, perto do centro da cidade. De carro, é de fácil acesso para tudo. O apartamento é confortável, ótima cozinha, aquecimento ótimo dos cômodos, dois banheiros bons, boas camas, utensílios e roupas de cama de boa qualidade, máquina de lavar roupa, de secar, de lavar pratos, microondas, fogão elétrico excelente, geladeira ótima, realmente cozinha muito bem equipada, duas vagas na garagem, tudo muito prático e com controle em rede wifi. Excelente internet, ambiente bastante tranquilo, cômodos de bom tamanho, armários bons, enfim, ótima escolha considerando preço / benefício. É um apartamento muito simpático. Tem varanda (no frio, não frequentamos...) e dá para ver na rua, subindo em árvores e nos telhados em frente os simpáticos esquilos. Não perturbam nada.
Jill W. Dec 2018
This apartment was the perfect location - close to the Boardwalk, Cliffside Walk, downtown and minutes away from our family who live there! The photos don't do it justice - we were so pleasantly surprised by the amenities, the kitchen was well-stocked, and we especially appreciated a bathroom for each bedroom. We won't look any further for accommodations on our next trip to Santa Cruz!
Vernon R. Oct 2018
Great location to everything in Santa Cruz - plus a really nice place
Jay R. Sep 2018
Nice, clean apartment. Close to the boardwalk. Neighborhood isn’t fancy but worked just fine for us.
Megan M. Aug 2018
We loved our stay at the cozy Boardwalk Haven. The place was well appointed and had everything we needed, plus was walking distance to the beach and the Boardwalk. A huge hit.
Christine S. Aug 2018
We really enjoyed our stay at this rental. It was well appointed and walking distance to the boardwalk and to the downtown area. We liked the layout as well, open and bright. Very relaxing. We'll be back!
Traci (Michael, it’s my husbands card) M. Jul 2018
Very safe complex with Private parking. VERY CLEAN! Nice neighbors walk to the Boardwalk or drive to anywhere in 15 min great central location
Cynthia F. Jul 2018
The furnishings were beachy and comfortable, the living area and kitchen were spacious. Access and parking were convenient and secure. Great to have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Location was a bit busy with traffic and not the nicest "walk to the beach" but it's not far and we'll return.
Chelsa H. Jun 2018
We loved the condo, well maintained and improvements were very nice!
franco d. May 2018
Super appartement tres bien situé tres bonne literie cuisine spacieuse et bien équipée un endroit que je recommande fortement
Ida Maria S. Dec 2017
We love the house, the quality of the rooms, the great kitchen, with many quality utensils. The house is really very friendly, pleasant. The place is very quiet, reasonably close to the city center (by car) and about 30 minutes walk. Everything worked very well in the house, no domestic problem. Great refrigerator, washing machine and tumble dryer, electric stove and plenty of crockery and cooking utensils. There were plenty of cleaners available, towels, linens, great cabinets, all very well thought out to be used up to 4 people. At the entrance, there was some difficulty in finding the key because of the password system used in the padlock. There is a lack of information on the disposal of household waste (the collection system used on the premises) and the use of the heating / air conditioning system. But it was just that: some more information, since they are different systems from what we use in our reality, in another country. The town is quiet, the people are kind and friendly. The coast area is very beautiful and is a surfing spot and for forest parks (sequoias). Oh, a warning: it's a house (apartment type) on the second floor. There is no elevator. Parking is covered with electronic gate, working very well. The street is quiet with lots of houses and there are fun squirrels here and there. From the window you can see them from time to time. The internet is great!
Jacqueline W. Oct 2017
It is an apartment that has been completely redone, nice look inside...up to date, very clean, and functionable. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, beds good, nice new kitchen new appliances. Nice floors, little deck, covered parking, it is on the third floor you need to walk up stairs, wasn't a problem for us. The neighborhood is ok.. There is a big dog that barks late at night, funny because there are notes up please be quiet after 10PM thats about when the dog starts barking, that didn't really bother us ether what we didn't like is the building is being repainted check before you stay here to make sure the painting is completed, we were not notified of this.
Wendy S. Sep 2017
Wonderful 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Very clean and comfortable. Close to the boardwalk. Well appointed.
Paul C. Aug 2017
ok for the price
Herna C. Aug 2017
I took my husband and our 2 kids (ages 3 and 8) for a short weekend trip to Santa Cruz so we can hang out at the Boardwalk and hit the beaches. We had such a great experience at this vacation rental and it felt like home. The apartment was clean and everything we needed (towels, bedsheets, and some toiletries) were nicely laid out for us. Having a washer and dryer while we vacation is a must-have with smaller kids, so it worked out great. Plenty of space for the 4 of us, and we liked that the television set had Roku built in it so we can log in to our accounts and watch Netflix and Hulu. We also loved how close it was to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and a short drive away to other beaches. We didn't have to go very far to find good eats. Even found a Hawaiian plate lunch place (Aloha Island Grille) that served poke and all the favorites! I would recommend this apartment for friends and family, and would gladly stay here again if we ever decide to come back to visit the area.
Natasha W. Jul 2017
We enjoyed our weekend stay at this apartment. The location is great - walking distance to the boardwalk and downtown SC. The unit is spacious and quiet, and we enjoyed sitting on the patio. The beds are not particularly comfortable.
Manager response:
The home now has two new lovely queen mattresses from Macy's. We believe our guests will find them quite comfortable! We are glad to see this guest was otherwise satisfied.
Martin B. Jun 2017
If we stay once more in Santa Cruz we will stay once more in the Boardwalk Heaven.
Gale P. May 2017
Perfect spot to stay...close enough to walk to the Boardwalk, yet quiet and safe. Loved the extra touches this owner provides in this newly redone home. We will definitely stay here again!
Gila B. May 2017
I liked this place. I wanted an apartment, as we were two couples. The place is nicely furnished and clean. Much nicer place to stay as opposed to the many motels in the city.
Brittany W. May 2017
The home was very clean and nice. It looked brand new. Perfect amount of space and not to far from the boardwalk/beach and downtown. We would stay here again.
Rose D. Apr 2017
The place is beautiful & clean. If you like to cook, you will love the kitchen. We did!
Precious L. Apr 2017
The residence was very clean and provided everything you needed to feel as if you were home. It's a home away from home. Wish it was in a better neighborhood but overall it was quiet and clean, very enjoyable.
Diane S. Apr 2017
Love the attention to small details.The soaps,kitchen supplies,nice towels,coat hangers,broom it was very enjoyable.
Jane S. Mar 2017
We love the decor, an beautiful ocean theme with thoughtful touch. Spacious room and great location to the boardwalk and downtown area.
Julie A. Jan 2017
We (my husband, myself, and our two children) really enjoyed staying at this property. The trundle bed was perfect for our kids. We were able to walk to so much-- to see the Santa Cruz Warriors, for breakfast, out to the Boardwalk. Everything was very comfortable.