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$688
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Vacation rental for 8 people, with jacuzzi and terrace, with pets
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 600yd to the beachFREE cancellation
4.9
(20 reviews)

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$957
per night

Vacation rental for 8 people, with garden
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,260ft², 350yd to the beach
4.7
(20 reviews)

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$148
per night

Vacation rental for 8 people, with garden
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,389ft², 0.6mi to the beachFREE cancellation
3.4
(2 reviews)
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$180
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Vacation rental for 2 people, with pool and jacuzzi as well as sauna and garden, with pets
2 pers., 1 bedroom, 527ft², 2.5mi to the beachFREE cancellation
3.8
(367 reviews)

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$294
per night

Vacation rental for 4 people, with terrace
4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 250yd to the beachFREE cancellation
5.0

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$145
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Vacation rental for 6 people, with terrace
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1mi to the beachFREE cancellation
4.3
(2 reviews)
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$381
per night

Vacation rental for 6 people, with garden
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 200yd to the beachFREE cancellation
4.9
(14 reviews)

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$274
per night

Vacation rental for 10 people, with garden
10 pers., 4 bedrooms, 650yd to the beach
4.8
(20 reviews)

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$80
per night

Vacation rental for 3 people, with terrace
3 pers., 1 bedroom, 450yd to the beachFREE cancellation

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$75
per night

Apartment for 2 people, with jacuzzi
2 pers., 1 bedroom, 936ft², 0.8mi to the beachFREE cancellation
2.8
(6 reviews)

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$282
per night

Vacation rental for 4 people
4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 0.6mi to the beachFREE cancellation
4.9
(8 reviews)

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$448
per night

Vacation rental for 6 people
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 950yd to the beach
4.5
(9 reviews)
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$645
per night

Vacation rental for 6 people, with terrace, child-friendly
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,496ft², 30yd to the beachFREE cancellation
4.7
(26 reviews)

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$104
per night

Vacation rental for 4 people, with terrace and view
4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,453ft², 500yd to the beachFREE cancellation
3.7
(15 reviews)

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$85
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Vacation rental for 2 people, with garden, child-friendly
2 pers., 1 bedroom, 194ft², 1mi to the beach
4.5
(216 reviews)
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Highlights Santa Cruz

  • Superb beaches
  • Great surfing opportunities
  • Family-friendly attractions
  • Fine food and food festivals
  • Natural scenery close to the city
  • Excellent museums
  • Plenty of markets and independent stores

Most popular in Santa Cruz

Internet 2
Balcony/Terrace 2
TV 2
Air conditioning 2
Parking 2
Washing machine 2

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Prices and availability

Prices

May
June
July
August
September
$569
Apr 03 - Apr 10
$528 per night
Apr 10 - Apr 17
$528 per night
Apr 17 - Apr 24
$560 per night
Apr 24 - May 01
$569 per night
May 01 - May 08
$533 per night
May 08 - May 15
$506 per night
May 15 - May 22
$509 per night
May 22 - May 29
$460 per night
May 29 - Jun 05
$489 per night
Jun 05 - Jun 12
$510 per night
Jun 12 - Jun 19
$473 per night
Jun 19 - Jun 26
$529 per night
Jun 26 - Jul 03
$550 per night
Jul 03 - Jul 10
$526 per night
Jul 10 - Jul 17
$505 per night
Jul 17 - Jul 24
$508 per night
Jul 24 - Jul 31
$540 per night
Jul 31 - Aug 07
$526 per night
Aug 07 - Aug 14
$497 per night
Aug 14 - Aug 21
$490 per night
Aug 21 - Aug 28
$471 per night
Aug 28 - Sep 04
$486 per night
Sep 04 - Sep 11
$502 per night
Sep 11 - Sep 18
$502 per night
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Aug 28 - Sep 04
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Sep 04 - Sep 11
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Sep 11 - Sep 18
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Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals

Explore Hundreds of Beautiful Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is at the heart of one of America’s most stunning tourist regions, and the scenery us matched by a huge selection of wonderful vacation rental options. Some of the finest vacation rentals on offer are in the hills. If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet, check out cottages and homes with sprawling gardens to the north of the city.

Stay in Beachfront Villas by the Pacific Ocean

Then again, Santa Cruz also has plenty of beachfront vacation home options to choose. With mile upon mile of seafront and a lively city center by the ocean, it’s a great part of town to stay in. Anyone who wants to be close to the boardwalk and the sand will be spoiled for choice by the range of apartments and vacation rentals near the Santa Cruz seafront.

Vacationing in Santa Cruz, California

One of California’s Favorite Tourist Destinations

Santa Cruz is located around 350 miles north of Los Angeles, and 70 miles south of San Francisco, and sits on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. With its impressive surf, unspoiled beaches, pristine forests, wineries and generally laid-back atmosphere, the city is one of California’s premier vacation destinations, attracting 3 million visitors per year.

There are Plenty of Ways to Reach a Santa Cruz Vacation Rental

Getting to Santa Cruz shouldn’t pose any problems at all. The city is just 30 miles from San Jose International Airport, which offers connections to every corner of the United States. From there, all you need to do is take the Amtrak Express to downtown Santa Cruz.

Drive to Santa Cruz Along the Beautiful Pacific Highway

If you are driving to Santa Cruz from LA or San Francisco, the best route to take is Route 101, but you could also set aside some time to drive Route 1 – the scenic coastal road. You can even board Amtrak's Coast Starlight in Seattle, San Francisco or LA and take a taxi from San Jose.

The Giant Dipper roller coaster on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk
The Giant Dipper roller coaster on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Activities

1. A Fantastic Destination for Beach Lovers

The beaches at Santa Cruz run for 30 miles along the Pacific Coast and are the ideal place to play volleyball, swim, sunbathe or surf. With reliable waves and surf shops all along the coast, it’s a great place for surfers to head.

2. A Magnet for Wine Lovers

The valleys of Santa Cruz County and the surrounding region are crammed with world-class wineries. Sample the best local creations at seafront wine bars, or join tours with experts who know all of the year’s finest vintages.

3. A Great Water Sports Destination

Whether you adore sea kayaking, splashing around in water parks or taking the wheel of high-performance yachts, Santa Cruz is one of America’s best places to relax on the open water.

Pacific Coast
Pacific Coast

Top 5 things to do in Santa Cruz

1. Spend a Day at Santa Cruz Beach

Santa Cruz Beach is more than just a beach. It’s also an excellent family amusement park, with an endless array of rides, stores and bars along the attractive boardwalk.

2. Enjoy Some Gourmet Food

Santa Cruz is a major foodie destination. Check out enticing ice creams from local creameries, try organic produce from nearby farms, relax at artisan coffee roasters by the sea and fill up every day on pancakes and syrup by the boardwalk.

3. Pay a Visit to the Mystery Spot

Whether you believe the legends attached to it or not, the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot is still a must-visitattraction. Hear stories of strange noises, warped buildings and crazy magnetic forces – and come away with a souvenir or too as well.

4. Check out the City’s Museums

Museum fans won’t leave a rental home in Santa Cruz disappointed. From the Surfing Museum, which glorifies heroes of the waves, to the superb Natural History Museum, Santa Cruz has exhibits for anyone to enjoy.

5. Attend a Gig at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Probably Santa Cruz’s most famous music venue, the Kuumbwa Center attracts big-name jazz and pop musicians to its intimate venue (and also serves up great food and cocktails).

The story goes that three Hawaiian princes introduced surfing to the USA in 1885 by showing off their boarding skills at River Mouth, which is part of Santa Cruz beach.

Useful Information

Climate

If you intend to make the most of the local beaches, try to book a trip between June and early October. However, Santa Cruz is one of those fortunate places that has very mild winters – so there’s no “bad” time to visit. Surfing actually may be better in the winter, and every season offers good conditions for getting out in the forests or along the coastal paths.

Events

You might want to time your visit to coincide with local events. September brings the town’s Greek Festival, as well as the Capitola Art and Wine Festival, so if you want to be entertained and well fed, that could be the best month to go.

Transportation

Getting around town isn’t hard. The boardwalk runs all along the seafront, and you can walk, cycle or rollerskate wherever you need to go, while Santa Cruz Metro provides a good bus service to every other part of the city.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

How much do you pay, on average, for vacation rentals in Santa Cruz?

At an average cost of $514.79 per night, Santa Cruz lies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in the USA.

During which months are vacation rentals cheaper in Santa Cruz?

]If you are looking to get the most out of your money, the most affordable months to visit Santa Cruz are November ($460.51 the average per night for accommodation), February ($477.1), and January ($485.6).

During which months are vacation rentals more expensive in Santa Cruz?

When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Santa Cruz, the most expensive months are, in order of highest to lowest, October, September and June, with average prices per night of $572.96, $567.99, and $538.43, respectively.

Do I need to plan a trip to Santa Cruz well in advance?

In order to not have problems finding accommodation in Santa Cruz, we recommend you to think ahead as 85% of rentals are usually booked, according to the data in 2020.

What are the best months for a last-minute getaway?

April, May and January are, in order of highest to lowest, the months offering the largest number of accommodations free, with respective average availability figures of 37.5%, 36.2%, and 29.5%.

Which months is it more difficult to find available vacation rentals?

The accommodations in Santa Cruz reach their peak in demand in September, with an availability rate of 0.5%. The second most requested month is October, with 0.8%, and the third is August with 1.4%.

Are there many rentals in Santa Cruz?

We have collected the offers from 4 different providers in Santa Cruz, so we can offer you around 250 properties. You're going to have a hard time choosing!

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