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Vacation house for 6 people, with terrace and jacuzzi as well as pool
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,496ft², 30yd to the beach
4.9
13 reviews
Opal Cliffs, San Francisco Bay Area
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$526per night
Vacation house for 10 people, with garden, child-friendly
10 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,842ft², 100yd to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Twin Lakes (Santa Cruz), San Francisco Bay Area
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$1,174per night
Apartment for 2 people, with jacuzzi
2 pers., 1 bedroom, 936ft², 0.8mi to the beach
2.4
5 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$82per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony, child-friendly
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,539ft², 350yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$294per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with terrace and jacuzzi
4.7
20 reviews
Opal Cliffs, San Francisco Bay Area
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$587per night
Vacation house for 4 people, with garden
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$237per night
Vacation house for 4 people, with balcony
4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 969ft², 800yd to the beach
4.6
30 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$125per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with terrace and jacuzzi
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,604ft², 200yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Opal Cliffs, San Francisco Bay Area
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$384per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with jacuzzi and terrace
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,399ft², 0.7mi to the beach
3.9
8 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$310per night
Vacation house for 4 people, with terrace
4 pers., 1 bedroom, 743ft², 450yd to the beach
5.0
6 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$125per night
Vacation house for 10 people, with jacuzzi and garden, with pets
10 pers., 5 bedrooms, 550yd to the beach
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$239per night
Apartment for 5 people, with terrace, child-friendly
5 pers., 1 bedroom, 624ft², 500yd to the beach
5.0
6 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$174per night
Apartment for 6 people, with terrace
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,442ft², 500yd to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$286per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with garden, child-friendly
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,399ft², 200yd to the beach
4.7
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$446per night
Vacation house for 12 people, with terrace
12 pers., 5 bedrooms, 2,594ft², 250yd to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Seabright, Santa Cruz
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$1,037per night
Villa for 10 people, with pool and garden as well as jacuzzi, child-friendly
10 pers., 5 bedrooms, 5,694ft², 3.3mi to the beach
5.0
6 reviews
San Francisco Bay Area
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$1,439per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with garden
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,195ft², 300yd to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$235per night
Bungalow for 6 people, with garden and jacuzzi, child-friendly
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 592ft², 800yd to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay Area
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$253per 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 100
Pet allowed 16
Balcony/Terrace 85
TV 96
Garden 32
Parking 89
Washing machine 87
Jacuzzi 21
Heating 94

Prices and availability

Prices

October
November
December
January
February
$504
Sep 19 - Sep 26
$468 per night
Sep 26 - Oct 03
$469 per night
Oct 03 - Oct 10
$467 per night
Oct 10 - Oct 17
$462 per night
Oct 17 - Oct 24
$462 per night
Oct 24 - Oct 31
$468 per night
Oct 31 - Nov 07
$480 per night
Nov 07 - Nov 14
$468 per night
Nov 14 - Nov 21
$433 per night
Nov 21 - Nov 28
$427 per night
Nov 28 - Dec 05
$446 per night
Dec 05 - Dec 12
$448 per night
Dec 12 - Dec 19
$454 per night
Dec 19 - Dec 26
$470 per night
Dec 26 - Jan 02
$489 per night
Jan 02 - Jan 09
$492 per night
Jan 09 - Jan 16
$468 per night
Jan 16 - Jan 23
$424 per night
Jan 23 - Jan 30
$428 per night
Jan 30 - Feb 06
$504 per night
Feb 06 - Feb 13
$470 per night
Feb 13 - Feb 20
$418 per night
Feb 20 - Feb 27
$404 per night
Feb 27 - Mar 06
$465 per night
Average price per week

Availabilities

October
November
December
January
February
56 %
Sep 19 - Sep 26
0 %
Sep 26 - Oct 03
1 %
Oct 03 - Oct 10
5 %
Oct 10 - Oct 17
7 %
Oct 17 - Oct 24
12 %
Oct 24 - Oct 31
25 %
Oct 31 - Nov 07
33 %
Nov 07 - Nov 14
36 %
Nov 14 - Nov 21
37 %
Nov 21 - Nov 28
20 %
Nov 28 - Dec 05
28 %
Dec 05 - Dec 12
46 %
Dec 12 - Dec 19
48 %
Dec 19 - Dec 26
42 %
Dec 26 - Jan 02
37 %
Jan 02 - Jan 09
53 %
Jan 09 - Jan 16
54 %
Jan 16 - Jan 23
56 %
Jan 23 - Jan 30
56 %
Jan 30 - Feb 06
54 %
Feb 06 - Feb 13
54 %
Feb 13 - Feb 20
55 %
Feb 20 - Feb 27
56 %
Feb 27 - Mar 06
55 %
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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