Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals

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Make Santa Cruz your next getaway—choose from 13 great vacation rentals

Beautiful beaches with resident surfers, a lively vintage boardwalk, and a diverse community of eco-friendly outdoor lovers - you'll find a one-of-a-kind experience waiting when you live like a local in one of our Santa Cruz vacation rentals. Home to University of California Santa Cruz and perched on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, this is a vibrant and totally unique destination along California's Central Coast.

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Pleasure Point 3D Tour
1 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath | Sleeps 4

Pleasure Point - Santa Cruz, CA

From $165
English Garden Studio Suite 3D Tour
0 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 2

English Garden Studio Suite - Santa Cruz, CA

From $104
Boardwalk Dream 3D Tour
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6 (4 Adults Max)

Boardwalk Dream - Santa Cruz, CA

From $157
Beach Haven 3D Tour
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Beach Haven - Santa Cruz, CA

From $200
Seaview Bungalow 3D Tour
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 7

Seaview Bungalow - Santa Cruz, CA

From $290

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Recent Santa Cruz vacation rental reviews

Loved staying at this house. The location was great, close to the water/surfing and close to coffee shops. The home was clean upon arrival and had everything we needed. The check in/check out process was super easy. We are looking forward to staying here again in the future.
Marnette F. | May 2022
My family and I are from Morgan hill ca . We decided to do a last minute trip for our kids, when we arrived the home is amazing from the outside and inside, very clean! All these amazing rooms to stay in! Kitchen very nice bar and game room amazing! By far the best clean home that we have stayed in! Best part boardwalk is a few minutes away from home and many restaurants and breweries around the home area. Now for the bad things, the jacuzzi was nasty not clean a lot of foreign material in the water. Jacuzzi was not cleaned for a while like the description says . Back yard not clean grass not cut or maintained well!! My kids were looking forward to having a jacuzzi for the weekend specially after all day fun at the boardwalk. When I called Vacasa they said they were sending someone out! Never did!! In the description of the home no details of what the kitchen has as far as cup ,plates . Was stalked very well for our needs. Outdoor bbq pit was perfect for us. From balcony with chairs not clean at all covered in spiders and webs, … besides a few things that need attention we would stay here again but I would request a guarantee that the jacuzzi is clean!!
CESAR V. | 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.
Cary Estes M. | May 2022

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Things to do in Santa Cruz

Nowhere else will you find such a colorful city in such close proximity to ancient redwood forests and the shining sea!

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is one of the town’s main draws, offering family-friendly fun year-round. Open every day from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend, and most weekends throughout the rest of the year, this seaside institution (sitting right at the beach) was established in 1907 and still attracts many local and area visitors every year.

Its thrill rides, including the wooden Giant Dipper roller coaster, invoke excitement. Its Looff Carousel, built in 1911, is a National Landmark. Kids' rides, an indoor Neptune's Kingdom arcade with pirate-themed mini golf, and more will fill up your afternoon. After dusk, the amusement park lights glitter, hands are held, and the breeze draws sweethearts closer. Catch a free Friday-night concert from your favorite 80s or 90s band or watch a movie on the beach on Wednesday nights. It's a must-visit for families and friends seeking a classic California boardwalk experience.

A unique aspect of this area is its protected acres of ancient redwoods. Take a day trip into the Santa Cruz Mountains for Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and bike along their trails under the canopy of trees. In addition to the towering redwoods, you’ll come across Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, and madrone. Look out for the famous banana slug while you picnic on the banks of the San Lorenzo River, noted by its sycamore grove. Head back to your Santa Cruz vacation rental with a renewed sense of serenity.

Santa Cruz nightlife is varied and welcoming, with an eclectic downtown scene offering street performers, local boutiques, vintage stores, and dining on any cuisine you might desire (burgers, sushi, homestyle Italian, you name it). If you're more of a morning person, save your dining-out for brunch at any of the local eateries like Harbor Cafe, offering daily specials, indoor and outdoor seating, and a friendly atmosphere.

Kids and parents alike will learn a lot at the small but interesting Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, which offers free days and educational programs hosted by local naturalists. Get inspired at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum inside of the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse.

Just north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 is Bonny Doon Vineyard, part of the area's nascent wine culture. If you wanted to venture further, continue on the scenic drive to the Pie Ranch, a friendly place to pick up local produce, feast on a farm-to-table dinner, take in a square dance, and of course eat pie.

Santa Cruz beaches

While the sprawling beach in front of the popular Boardwalk is a lovely spot to sun all day, there is a great variety of shoreline terrain to visit. Watch surfers from a perch on Pleasure Point or slip into your wetsuit and join them. Moran Lake Park Beach is home to a tranquil lagoon. Bring your camera to Natural Bridges State Park and snap shutter-fast images of the Pacific carving out the unique rock formations that give this beach its name.

Any time you stay in our Santa Cruz vacation rentals, you're sure to find adventure waiting just beyond your door!