Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

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Popular Accommodations in Santa Cruz

Vacation house for 12 people, with balcony, child-friendly
12 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,799ft², 750yd to the beach
4.4
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

from
$567
per night

Vacation house for 3 people
3 pers., 1 bedroom, 450yd to the beach
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

from
$80
per night

Vacation house for 6 people, with pool and terrace as well as jacuzzi
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,496ft², 30yd to the beach
4.9
15 reviews
Opal Cliffs, San Francisco Bay Area

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$630
per night

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Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Vacation house for 4 people
4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,453ft², 500yd to the beach
3.7
15 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

from
$103
per night

Vacation house for 7 people, with jacuzzi and pool as well as terrace, child-friendly
7 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1.6mi to the beach
3.5
12 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

from
$239
per night

Vacation house for 8 people, with jacuzzi and terrace, with pets
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 600yd to the beach
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

from
$675
per night

Villa for 10 people, with balcony, child-friendly
10 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,540ft², 300yd to the beach
5.0
40 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

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$590
per night

Vacation house for 8 people, with garden
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,260ft², 350yd to the beach
4.7
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

from
$476
per night

Vacation house for 10 people, with terrace and jacuzzi, child-friendly
10 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,894ft², 600yd to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

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$833
per night

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Pet-friendly Vacation Rentals

Vacation house for 6 people, with garden, with pets
6 pers., 1 bedroom, 250yd to the beach, Pets allowed
Seabright, Santa Cruz

from
$434
per night

Vacation house for 4 people, with garden
4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 350yd to the beach, Pets allowed
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

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$403
per night

Vacation house for 4 people, with pets
4 pers., 1 bedroom, 2.2mi to skiing, Pets allowed
3.5
4 reviews
Mount Hermon, San Francisco Bay Area

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$104
per night

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Vacation Rentals with Pool

Vacation house for 8 people, with terrace and pool, with pets
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,497ft², 0.6mi to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

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$801
per night

Villa for 10 people, with pool and jacuzzi as well as balcony, child-friendly
10 pers., 5 bedrooms, 5,694ft², 3.3mi to the beach
5.0
13 reviews
San Francisco Bay Area

from
$1,438
per night

Apartment for 6 people, with balcony and pool, child-friendly
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,496ft², 30yd to the beach
4.7
26 reviews
Opal Cliffs, San Francisco Bay Area

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$663
per night

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Vacation Rentals with Internet

Vacation house for 8 people, with garden
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,389ft², 0.6mi to the beach
3.4
2 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

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$148
per night

Vacation house for 6 people, with jacuzzi and terrace
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,496ft², 0.7mi to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area

from
$349
per night

Vacation house for 12 people, with terrace
12 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,992ft², 100yd to the beach
4.7
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz

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$882
per night

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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 87
Pet allowed 15
Balcony/Terrace 75
TV 79
Air conditioning 10
Parking 75
Washing machine 76
Jacuzzi 19
Heating 83

Prices and availability

Prices

February
March
April
May
June
$658
Jan 16 - Jan 23
$494 per night
Jan 23 - Jan 30
$536 per night
Jan 30 - Feb 06
$517 per night
Feb 06 - Feb 13
$455 per night
Feb 13 - Feb 20
$456 per night
Feb 20 - Feb 27
$461 per night
Feb 27 - Mar 06
$460 per night
Mar 06 - Mar 13
$515 per night
Mar 13 - Mar 20
$606 per night
Mar 20 - Mar 27
$612 per night
Mar 27 - Apr 03
$444 per night
Apr 03 - Apr 10
$426 per night
Apr 10 - Apr 17
$528 per night
Apr 17 - Apr 24
$558 per night
Apr 24 - May 01
$658 per night
May 01 - May 08
$567 per night
May 08 - May 15
$447 per night
May 15 - May 22
$527 per night
May 22 - May 29
$482 per night
May 29 - Jun 05
$477 per night
Jun 05 - Jun 12
$496 per night
Jun 12 - Jun 19
$485 per night
Jun 19 - Jun 26
$505 per night
Jun 26 - Jul 03
$519 per night
Average price per week

Availabilities

February
March
April
May
June
64 %
Jan 16 - Jan 23
15 %
Jan 23 - Jan 30
26 %
Jan 30 - Feb 06
30 %
Feb 06 - Feb 13
28 %
Feb 13 - Feb 20
28 %
Feb 20 - Feb 27
34 %
Feb 27 - Mar 06
38 %
Mar 06 - Mar 13
39 %
Mar 13 - Mar 20
40 %
Mar 20 - Mar 27
47 %
Mar 27 - Apr 03
43 %
Apr 03 - Apr 10
48 %
Apr 10 - Apr 17
51 %
Apr 17 - Apr 24
54 %
Apr 24 - May 01
56 %
May 01 - May 08
64 %
May 08 - May 15
60 %
May 15 - May 22
57 %
May 22 - May 29
59 %
May 29 - Jun 05
59 %
Jun 05 - Jun 12
55 %
Jun 12 - Jun 19
50 %
Jun 19 - Jun 26
49 %
Jun 26 - Jul 03
51 %
Percentage of available rentals

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?

Based on our data, Santa Cruz has an average price of $417.00 per night, a relatively high one for a city in the USA.

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

It's worthwhile if you can book your stay in plenty of time when visiting Santa Cruz, as only 14% of our accommodations are usually available throughout the year.

How many vacation rentals are there in Santa Cruz?

Holidu offers around 310 accommodations in Santa Cruz from 5 different providers, so find the perfect type of accommodation you are looking for. We have everything you need!

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