USA California California Coast Santa Cruz Listing #6645

The Boardwalk Haven - Santa Cruz, CA

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Max. occupancy: 4 2 Queen Bed 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms No pets 
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Cozy home with gas fireplace & furnished balcony - close to beach & boardwalk

Escape to beautiful Santa Cruz for some beach fun with the family or a romantic getaway at this updated home.

This two-bedroom vacation 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, two armchairs, a large TV with a Roku, a warming gas fireplace, and sliding door access 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!

Gather outside on the well-appointed furnished balcony for meals or morning coffee. 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 home also comes with a washer/dryer located off the kitchen to ensure you start each and every day with fresh and clean clothes.

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


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.


City/town permit number: STR18-0116

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



Washer/dryer : Shared

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Gas fireplace

House rules

Not suitable for children

Kitchen & dining






Internet : Comcast



Wireless router

Netflix streaming





Beach towels

59 reviews

Cary Estes M. May 2022
The Haven is a real gift! I was initially worried we would be too close to the Boardwalk-the noise can be deafening. The only noise we heard were sea lions! Love the large patio living room. Kitchen had everything needed. Loved this place-will request when returning to SC.
Peter B. Apr 2022
superclean and well equiped condo
had a great stay
Debra K. Apr 2022
Very spacious, super clean and well appointed.
Thanh tuyen n. Mar 2022
The house is lovely, very clean and has all the necessary commodities . However, the bed in the master bedroom isnt too comfortable. I d recommend changing the mattress and it would be all perfect. Overall, its thumbs up!
robert g. Mar 2022
The condo was in a great location for us, close to UCSC. We didn't do a lot of cooking but the kitchen was well equipped. Parking was nice and felt secure.
Matia S. Mar 2022
A little further from the boardwalk than hoped, but the home was so lovely it completely made up for it. Really light, clean, and well prepared. The deck was a perfect spot for afternoon sun, we really enjoyed our stay.
Jill T. Jan 2022
Very comfortable condo...lots to do in the area
Angelina P. Dec 2021
I had an amazing stay at this property. Only thing I would change is how the walls are very very thin and you can hear anything and everything going on next door or outside. Other than that, everything was really nice and clean. All pictures are also true to the in person conditions. I will definitely be coming back here in the future!
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Angelina, we are happy to hear you enjoyed the home! We sincerely apologize for any disturbance caused by neighbors during your visit, and we are sorry if this caused a negative impact on your stay. We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope we have the chance to host you again!
Anne W. Nov 2021
The apt. was so comfortable, spacious and clean. Plenty of pillows and towels. We stayed over Thanksgiving (on our honeymoon!) for the kitchen and we were greeted with a turkey tin, Thanksgiving-theme plates and napkins and aluminum foil. Such a nice touch! We cooked California turkey burgers and everything we needed for making a meal was available! The balcony was great, the bed was great, and the neighborhood was quaint. 5 stars.
Robert R. Nov 2021
Large, open, well light, clean
Daughn M. Oct 2021
The property was everything we expected. The unit was clean and well stocked, kitchen, linen, beach towels and also beach chairs. The management was easy to work with and very friendly. We will return
George S. Jun 2021
We had an awesome weekend getaway at this property. Very well furnished, with lots of amenities and fast wifi. At less than a 5 min drive to cvs/trader joes, a 10 min walk to the boardwalk, and 15 min walk to downtown, the apartment is perfectly situated. Would highly recommend!
Barbara B. Jun 2021
This condo was amazing. Very very clean and comfortable. The rooms were not only a good size, the decor of the beach was very charming. Also the closets and cabinets were well stocked .
Julie P. Jun 2021
We loved the modern and beach theme. Fully stocked with everything. Quite place. Very close to beach boardwalk and pacific mall. Gated parking made us feel comfortable . Definitely coming back to stay .thank you for keeping the place up it made our vacation relaxing..
Angela R. May 2021
Updated apartment with thoughtful beach decor, with any needed comfort amenity available. Beds were comfy, good linens, fans provided, stocked kitchen, very clean (we loved the eco-products they are trying out). We felt safe and chatted with friendly neighbors.

As stated, the location is on a street of apartments so you have the expected noise of daily life. It was always quiet enough to sleep, but Saturday night so close to the Boardwalk will have occasional sirens and laughter. Tuesday morning at 8:30am is gardener day. :)

We had such a great time and appreciate the care that goes into maintaining the property. Would return for sure!
Karen M. Apr 2021
Lovely place, great location! Next time we come to Santa Cruz we’ll stay again. Beautiful beach decor, comfortable beds, and parking! The kitchen is full size and well appointed. The WiFi is a bit wonky at times, but that’s the worst I can say about our stay. Looking forward to coming back!
Amy S. Mar 2021
The pictures do not do justice to how beautifully the apartment is set up. And, the place is most ideal for someone who wants no more than a three night stay in an urban beach environment. We stayed for almost a week, hoped to do our work meetings from here, and take walks in the mornings before we began our day. The wifi however cannot support zoom for even one device, the neighborhood is in the “flats” which is considered the “hood” in Santa Cruz, and the host did not provide enough shampoo, body soap, nor dishwashing soap to support more than a three night stay for two people. The kitchen was not well stocked for someone who would cook most of their meals at home, as well. The inexpensive knives were dismally dull and there were no basics such as salt nor olive oil in the kitchen. Still, if you are looking for clean, sun-filled interior, plan to eat out for most of your meals, drive everywhere, and do not intend to zoom while here, this would be an ideal spot for you. It was surprisingly quiet in the unit and we were able to sleep well. If you are looking for a place to relax or work, where you are surrounded by nature and serenity as soon as you walk out the door, this is not the place for you despite the apartment’s proximity to the beach.
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Amy. While we are glad you overall enjoyed your stay, we apologize for the issues you encountered during your visit. We have addressed the slow WiFi with the owners and they are considering other options to upgrade the service. We will also better stock the kitchenware and knives so our guests are able to comfortably cook and prepare meals during their stay. We apologize for not providing enough toiletries and detergents for your stay and we will ensure future guests receive their starter packs of these products. We hope we have the chance to host you again in the future!
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.