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Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace
5.0
19 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$576per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace and balcony
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 500yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$344per night
Studio for 2 people, with balcony/terrace and jacuzzi
2 pers., 1 bedroom, 291ft², 0.8mi to the beach
4.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$151per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace and balcony
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,539ft², 350yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$292per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with balcony and balcony/terrace
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,453ft², 500yd to the beach
4.1
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$247per night
Vacation house for 12 people, with balcony/terrace and jacuzzi
4.7
20 reviews
Opal Cliffs, San Francisco Bay Area
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$493per night
Apartment for 6 people, with balcony
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,098ft², 80yd to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$405per night
Vacation house for 4 people, with balcony
San Francisco Bay Area
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$151per night
Bungalow for 6 people, with jacuzzi and garden
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 592ft², 800yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$311per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with garden
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 0.6mi to the beach
4.6
6 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$367per night
Vacation house for 10 people, with garden
10 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,142ft², 450yd to the beach
4.4
2 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$584per night
Resort for 2 people, with pool and garden as well as jacuzzi
3.9
245 reviews
San Francisco Bay Area
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$220per night
Vacation house for 10 people
10 pers., 4 bedrooms, 0.8mi to the beach
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$605per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with garden
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,399ft², 200yd to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$513per night
Cottage for 4 people, with balcony/terrace
4 pers., 1 bedroom, 80yd to the beach
4.3
20 reviews
Opal Cliffs, San Francisco Bay Area
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$142per night
Vacation house for 4 people, with balcony
4.3
29 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$235per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace and balcony
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,442ft², 500yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$358per night
Manor for 2 people, with garden
2 pers., 1 bedroom, 3,735ft², 3mi to the beach
2.6
3 reviews
San Francisco Bay Area
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$102per 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 122
Pet allowed 24
Balcony/Terrace 101
TV 114
Garden 43
Parking 107
Washing machine 107
Jacuzzi 26
Heating 111

Prices and availability

Prices

August
September
October
November
December
$613
Jul 11 - Jul 18
$415 per night
Jul 18 - Jul 25
$417 per night
Jul 25 - Aug 01
$426 per night
Aug 01 - Aug 08
$440 per night
Aug 08 - Aug 15
$452 per night
Aug 15 - Aug 22
$454 per night
Aug 22 - Aug 29
$457 per night
Aug 29 - Sep 05
$461 per night
Sep 05 - Sep 12
$456 per night
Sep 12 - Sep 19
$474 per night
Sep 19 - Sep 26
$483 per night
Sep 26 - Oct 03
$470 per night
Oct 03 - Oct 10
$440 per night
Oct 10 - Oct 17
$437 per night
Oct 17 - Oct 24
$469 per night
Oct 24 - Oct 31
$461 per night
Oct 31 - Nov 07
$435 per night
Nov 07 - Nov 14
$469 per night
Nov 14 - Nov 21
$400 per night
Nov 21 - Nov 28
$338 per night
Nov 28 - Dec 05
$0 per night
Dec 05 - Dec 12
$434 per night
Dec 12 - Dec 19
$613 per night
Dec 19 - Dec 26
$598 per night
Average price per week

Availabilities

August
September
October
November
December
59 %
Jul 11 - Jul 18
2 %
Jul 18 - Jul 25
5 %
Jul 25 - Aug 01
6 %
Aug 01 - Aug 08
13 %
Aug 08 - Aug 15
22 %
Aug 15 - Aug 22
32 %
Aug 22 - Aug 29
39 %
Aug 29 - Sep 05
41 %
Sep 05 - Sep 12
31 %
Sep 12 - Sep 19
30 %
Sep 19 - Sep 26
42 %
Sep 26 - Oct 03
42 %
Oct 03 - Oct 10
43 %
Oct 10 - Oct 17
47 %
Oct 17 - Oct 24
49 %
Oct 24 - Oct 31
53 %
Oct 31 - Nov 07
56 %
Nov 07 - Nov 14
57 %
Nov 14 - Nov 21
53 %
Nov 21 - Nov 28
46 %
Nov 28 - Dec 05
49 %
Dec 05 - Dec 12
59 %
Dec 12 - Dec 19
56 %
Dec 19 - Dec 26
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.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about 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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