Beach houses in Santa Cruz

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Highlights in Santa Cruz

  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk
  • Beaches
  • Wharf
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Scenic drive
  • Surf beaches

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Beach houses in Santa Cruz

A quintessential California vacation

Famous for its beautiful beaches, surfable waves, picturesque boardwalk, and fantastic dining scene, Santa Cruz is one of the most sought-after destinations on the Central California coast. Come swim in the deep blue ocean waters, sunbathe on the beaches, or ride a wave. Whether you’ll be traveling as a family, a couple, or a group of friends, there is something in Santa Cruz for every type of traveler.

Finding your perfect Santa Cruz beach house

Enjoy your time in this surfer’s paradise with a laid-back vacation rental. The vast majority of rentals in Santa Cruz are just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Families and large groups can book an oversized rental with plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms. Stay in a rental with a large yard and garden space, or stay somewhere just a short walk away from the shops and restaurants of the downtown area. Rentals in Santa Cruz are often modern in design-style, with up-to-date appliances, sleek amenities, and comfortable furnishings. Pet-friendly rentals are available for people traveling with pets.

Travelers and activities

Santa Cruz for families

Santa Cruz is an excellent family-friendly destination with endless offerings for families of all ages. Head to the Santa Cruz Wharf, which is a large wharf known for viewing sea lions, dining at the restaurants, and enjoying the spectacular people watching. Pay a visit to Roaring Camp Railroads, a tourist train that you can ride up a steep mountain through the redwood forests. This is a unique and memorable activity for children and adults alike, as well as a great way to see the scenery of the local area.

Santa Cruz for couples

Couples can enjoy a romantic and scenic afternoon spent at West Cliff Drive. This popular walking and biking trail starts near the boardwalk and leads to Natural Bridges State Beach. It’s a great place for a sunset stroll, an afternoon bike ride, or a morning walk. Visit the unspoiled shores of Wilder Ranch State Park which boasts miles of hiking and biking trails along the rugged coastline. Explore the beach, ride horses, or go for a hike in nature with your significant other here.

Originally built in 1915, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk stands today as the oldest amusement park in the entire country.

Top 7 travel tips in Santa Cruz

1. Walk along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is one of the city’s crown jewel attractions. Here you’ll find a variety of amusement park rides including roller coasters, carnival games, and an arcade. There are several food stands serving delicious cuisine and shops selling souvenirs. You can find the oldest wooden roller coaster still in operation here! It’s the perfect evening activity for families or couples.

2. Visit Natural Bridges State Beach

This beautiful state park features a series of rocks containing natural “bridges” which were created by waves of opposing currents eroding the inside of the rocks. Come see the natural bridges for yourself and walk along the sandy cove at the beach. There’s also a Butterfly Preserve, bike paths, and hiking trails.

3. Visit a perplexing natural phenomenon at Mystery Spot

Mystery Spot is a quirky attraction for all ages, and it will leave you questioning reality. At this popular site, you can witness a variety of demonstrations that seem to defy gravity and warp the laws of physics. Be stunned and pleasantly perplexed by the interactive illusions you’ll witness here!

4. Surf at Pleasure Point Beach

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned surfer already, surfing is one of the top activities to do in Santa Cruz. Pleasure Point Beach is one of the most popular places to catch a wave. You can rent surfboards and equipment at several local surf shops in town. This beach is also perfect for people watching, jogging, sun bathing, and bird watching.

5. Go to Seacliff State Beach

Situated a 5-mile drive south of Santa Cruz, Seacliff State Beach is stunningly scenic with its extra wide sandy shores and surrounding bluffs. There is a wooden pier which you can walk on or fish from. This beach is popular among surfers.

6. Stroll along the wide shores of Manresa State Beach

Come to Manresa State beach for incredible ocean views and golden sandy shores. It’s a great place for a sunset stroll, fishing, and surfing. Boogie boarding is popular here as well.

7. Spend the day at Capitola Beach

Capitola Beach looks like it belongs on the Mediterranean coastline of Italy with its quaint colorful houses set on the hillsides surrounding the coastline. Come to this beach to surf a wave or to stroll along the wide shores. There are plenty of restaurants near the beach where you can enjoy a delicious meal.

FAQs: Beach Rentals in Santa Cruz

Which types of facilities are available in the beach houses in Santa Cruz?

In regard to the services you can find on Holidu, it can be said that the beach houses in Santa Cruz have everything that travelers need! Here, the beach houses generally include a variety of amenities, the most popular being: internet (100%), barbecue (91%), and balcony (86%)...Not bad, right?

How are the beach houses usually rated in Santa Cruz?

The beach houses here often get a lot of positive comments. 70% of beach houses have a rating of 4.5 stars, which tells us that here, you won't have difficulty finding the perfect beach house for your next vacation!

Are the beach houses in Santa Cruz suitable for vacations with children?

According to the Holidu database, 75% of beach houses in Santa Cruz are suitable for families with children, it will therefore not be difficult to find the ideal beach house for you and your children.

Are the beach houses in Santa Cruz suitable for travelers and their pets?

For sure! In Santa Cruz, 25% of the beach houses welcome them with open arms, 3% even have a garden!

Do the beach houses in Santa Cruz generally come with Wi-Fi?

Certainly! According to Holidu's data, 100% of beach houses in Santa Cruz offer Wi-Fi. This means that you will be able to browse the internet throughout your stay!

What are the prices like for beach houses in Santa Cruz?

Many beach houses in Santa Cruz are, in general, very expensive. According to last year's data, 24% cost on average more than $500 per night.

Do the beach houses in Santa Cruz typically have a fireplace or a pool?

Yes! According to Holidu's data, 53% of the beach houses in Santa Cruz have a fireplace. This is a dream destination for a romantic weekend by the fire!

Are the beach houses in Santa Cruz suitable for trips in big groups or better for a vacation as a small group?

In Santa Cruz, based on last year's data, 43% of beach houses are suitable for up to eight guests, 22% of these beach houses contain at least four bedrooms. But 93% of beach houses are also suitable for up to four travelers, and 88% of the beach houses include at least two separate bedrooms. This is therefore the perfect destination for big and small families alike!

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