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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

Best Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

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Seabright, Santa Cruz
Vacation Rental • 1163 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
(48 reviews)
The Seabright neighborhood in the City of Santa Cruz is known by locals as the place to be. Location, Location, Location. . . This Seabright Beach House is the place to be for a fantastic Santa Cruz vacation, and across the street from the Beach and just a short walk to the Beach entrance, Beach Boardwalk, Municipal Wharf, Yacht Harbor, Natural History Museum & popular Seabright restaurants.Well appointed, fully furnished 3 BR, 2 BTH Craftsman with all the comforts of home: cable TV, two TV's, internet, washer/dryer, BBQ, private patio, and on-site parking. Sleeping accommodations inclu...
from $499 / night
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Vacation Rental • 6 Guests • 2 Bedrooms
(17 reviews)
The Corner @ Cowell's Beach is the perfect getaway for your Santa Cruz Vacation. Steps from the sand, this cozy, renovated bungalow will help you relax listening to the waves crash on the shore. The Corner has sleeping for 6: the master bedroom has a queen bed, the second bedroom has twin bunk beds and a queen futon. You can access the bathroom from both bedrooms, and the unit has a washer and dryer. The front deck is the perfect place to sip coffee and watch the sun rise or have a cocktail and watch the sun set while watching the waves roll in at Cowell's Beach. There is a $100 cleaning fe...
from $290 / night
Seabright, Santa Cruz
Vacation Rental • 1442 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
(51 reviews)
Inviting, clean townhome in the heart of Seabright. Located on a quiet street, between Yacht Harbor and the Beach Boardwalk, and a small walk to Seabright Beach; the largest beach Santa Cruz has to offer! Three levels provide a spacious amount of living area, very conducive for families. The Master and 2nd bedroom, along with full bath, are on the lower level. The main level includes a separate living room, dining room, gallery kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. Numerous sunlit areas encourage gathering to share stories after a day at the beach. Granite countertops along with stools...
from $346 / night

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Prices and availability

Current Vacation rental prices Santa Cruz

$444for 3 Jun - 10 Jun
$593 annual average
Average price per week

Current vacation rental availability Santa Cruz

14%for 3 Jun - 10 Jun
38% annual average
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


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


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.


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.


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?

Last year, rentals in this destination had an annual average price of around $483 per night.

When are vacation rentals cheaper in Santa Cruz?

Travelers who want to save as much as possible visit Santa Cruz in February, January, or March, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $340, $412, and $415 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

When does the price of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz go up the most?

When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Santa Cruz, the months when it is most expensive are, in order of highest to lowest, April, July and August, with average prices per night of $552, $533, and $520, respectively.

Are there usually many vacation rentals available in Santa Cruz?

When going on vacation to Santa Cruz, it is necessary to be proactive as 91% of rentals are usually booked, according to the data from last year.

What are the best months for a spontaneous getaway?

The most available months are, on average, January (with an availability of 28%), February (23%), and August (15%), according to the trends observed in the prior year.

How many vacation rentals are there in Santa Cruz?

Holidu collaborates with 2 different partners to offer you a choice between 80 properties we have in Santa Cruz.

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