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Vacation house for 6 people, with jacuzzi and balcony/terrace
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,399ft², 0.7mi to the beach
4.2
8 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$552per 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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$351per night
Cottage for 3 people, with balcony/terrace
3 pers., 1 bedrooms, 484ft², 350yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$244per 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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$305per night
Studio for 2 people, with jacuzzi and balcony/terrace
2 pers., 1 bedrooms, 291ft², 0.8mi to the beach
4.1
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$148per night
Vacation house for 8 people
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 800yd to the beach
4.4
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$305per 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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$337per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace and jacuzzi
8 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,217ft², 600yd to the beach
4.9
12 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$706per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with garden and jacuzzi
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,690ft², 550yd to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$580per night
Vacation house for 2 people, with garden
2 pers., 1 bedrooms, 0ft², 1mi to the beach
5.0
1 review
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$79per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with garden
5.0
37 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$315per night
Bungalow for 6 people, with balcony/terrace
4.5
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$340per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with garden
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,991ft², 800yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$469per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 400yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$524per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with balcony/terrace
5.0
21 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$441per night
Apartment for 4 people, with balcony/terrace
4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 0ft², 550yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$318per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with balcony/terrace
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1.2mi to the beach
5.0
10 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$322per night
Cottage for 2 people, with balcony/terrace
2 pers., 1 bedrooms, 646ft², 0.9mi to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$205per night
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Highlights in 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 126
Pet allowed 26
Balcony/Terrace 112
TV 118
Garden 46
Parking 109
Washing machine 114
Jacuzzi 27
Heating 111

Prices and availability

Prices

February
March
April
May
June
July
$514
Jan 25 - Feb 01
$420 per night
Feb 01 - Feb 08
$376 per night
Feb 08 - Feb 15
$352 per night
Feb 15 - Feb 22
$401 per night
Feb 22 - Feb 29
$396 per night
Feb 29 - Mar 07
$412 per night
Mar 07 - Mar 14
$399 per night
Mar 14 - Mar 21
$429 per night
Mar 21 - Mar 28
$431 per night
Mar 28 - Apr 04
$387 per night
Apr 04 - Apr 11
$412 per night
Apr 11 - Apr 18
$376 per night
Apr 18 - Apr 25
$344 per night
Apr 25 - May 02
$404 per night
May 02 - May 09
$389 per night
May 09 - May 16
$403 per night
May 16 - May 23
$411 per night
May 23 - May 30
$377 per night
May 30 - Jun 06
$421 per night
Jun 06 - Jun 13
$514 per night
Jun 13 - Jun 20
$487 per night
Jun 20 - Jun 27
$413 per night
Jun 27 - Jul 04
$419 per night
Jul 04 - Jul 11
$458 per night
Average price per week

Availabilities

February
March
April
May
June
July
62 %
Jan 25 - Feb 01
34 %
Feb 01 - Feb 08
41 %
Feb 08 - Feb 15
37 %
Feb 15 - Feb 22
31 %
Feb 22 - Feb 29
41 %
Feb 29 - Mar 07
44 %
Mar 07 - Mar 14
46 %
Mar 14 - Mar 21
43 %
Mar 21 - Mar 28
44 %
Mar 28 - Apr 04
46 %
Apr 04 - Apr 11
40 %
Apr 11 - Apr 18
48 %
Apr 18 - Apr 25
52 %
Apr 25 - May 02
55 %
May 02 - May 09
60 %
May 09 - May 16
55 %
May 16 - May 23
51 %
May 23 - May 30
53 %
May 30 - Jun 06
62 %
Jun 06 - Jun 13
44 %
Jun 13 - Jun 20
31 %
Jun 20 - Jun 27
42 %
Jun 27 - Jul 04
42 %
Jul 04 - Jul 11
47 %
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.

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