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Santa Cruz vacation rentals

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

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Guesthouse in Santa Cruz
Sunny Harborside Bungalow
Sunny and private SMALL 1 br/1ba bungalow. A little bit funky, this space boasts a taste of Latin American beach, Spanish tile floors and natural wood furniture. It has a small kitchen with an induction burner and xl toaster oven (no range) , private patio seating, umbrella and lots of plants, small bathroom with a small shower. Small curtained off bedroom with closet, that has a queen bed. The living room has a day bed/couch with a twin for 3rd guest. Plz read "the space" section before booking
$131 per night
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Townhouse in Santa Cruz
Pleasure Point Beach Retreat with Outdoor Shower!
Designed to be the perfect couples retreat! This beautiful designed condo is the ideal place to stay for a trip to Santa Cruz. It is located just steps away from the ocean and world renowned surfing destination, Pleasure Point. It's a short 5 minute walk to the sand, and 10 minute walk to a variety if shopping and eateries located down 41st Avenue.
$152 per night
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Rental unit in Santa Cruz
Twin Lakes Beach Retreat with View of the Harbor!
This property is a great location for a beach getaway, located just steps away from the harbor, a beautiful beach, & lively restaurants! Walking and short driving distance from restaurants, shops, and grocery stores.
$105 per night
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Stay near Santa Cruz's top sights

Photo of Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Cruz Wharf143 locals recommend
Photo of Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park219 locals recommend
Photo of Costco Wholesale
Costco Wholesale16 locals recommend
Photo of Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center80 locals recommend
Photo of Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's165 locals recommend
Photo of Santa Cruz Harbor
Santa Cruz Harbor40 locals recommend

Santa Cruz beach vacation rentals

Rental unit in Santa Cruz
Charming West-Side Pied-a-Terre
$143 per night
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Home in Santa Cruz
Steps to Black's Beach
$213 per night
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Townhouse in Santa Cruz
Harbor House A, overlooking Santa Cruz Harbor
$103 per night
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Townhouse in Santa Cruz
The Seabright Retreat: Walk to the Sea & Boardwalk
$88 per night
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Home in Santa Cruz
26th Ave Beach Home. 1 block to beach.
$228 per night
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Guest suite in Santa Cruz
Birdsong Studio by Beach--Jasmine Gardens
$80 per night
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Home in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Beach Cottage Getaway
$236 per night
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Guesthouse in Upper Seabright
SC Boat Harbor/Boardwalk Hideaway
$120 per night
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Home in Santa Cruz
Wave House by the Beach for Two!
$243 per night
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Rental unit in Capitola
Brand New Luxury Capitola Village Home!
$107 per night
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Home in Upper Seabright
Town-and-Nature
$104 per night
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Condo in Santa Cruz
West Side Santa Cruz Beach Condo
$254 per night
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Downtown Santa Cruz vacation rentals

Guesthouse in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest
$89 per night
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Guesthouse in Santa Cruz
Upper WS Guesthouse-2mi. from UC, Downtown & Beach
$138 per night
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Guesthouse in Santa Cruz
Timeless Coastal Carriage House
$179 per night
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Cottage in Santa Cruz
Beautiful Home in Pleasure Point
$156 per night
Rental unit in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Comfort - Close Clean Convenient
$147 per night
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Rental unit in Capitola
Luxury beach retreat in Capitola Village
$191 per night
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Rental unit in Capitola
180°OceanviewCondo-Surfboards-Bikes
$244 per night
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Private room in Aptos
Stylish one bedroom with patio by the Ocean
$57 per night
Private room in Santa Cruz
Vintage Charm Close to Downtown and Beaches
$130 per night
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Rental unit in Capitola
Casita de Capitola #2
$101 per night
Guest suite in Santa Cruz
Arana Gulch/PurpleTriangle Hideaway
$115 per night
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Condo in Aptos
Beautiful Ocean Views - Seascape - Cozy Fireplace
$328 per night
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Your guide to Santa Cruz

Introduction

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.

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.