Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

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Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Hotel for 10 people, with terrace and pool, with pets in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 10 people, with terrace and pool, with pets
1.3mi to the beach
3.3
(205 reviews)
from $78 / night
Vacation rental for 2 people, with view and terrace in Santa Cruz
Vacation rental for 2 people, with view and terrace
1 bedroom200yd to the beach
4.6
(206 reviews)
from $161 / nightFREE cancellation
Hotel for 2 people, with hot tub in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 2 people, with hot tub
1 bedroom300yd to the beach
3.2
(1107 reviews)
from $74 / night
Vacation rental for 2 people, with hot tub and terrace in Santa Cruz
Vacation rental for 2 people, with hot tub and terrace
1 bedroom0.8mi to the beach
4.4
(22 reviews)
from $76 / night

Popular Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Hotel for 2 people, with pool and terrace as well as view, with pets in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 2 people, with pool and terrace as well as view, with pets
1 bedroom850yd to the beach
3.3
(2457 reviews)
from $70 / night
Vacation rental for 8 people in Santa Cruz
Vacation rental for 8 people
3 bedrooms1.4mi to the beach
5.0
(20 reviews)
from $362 / night
Hotel for 4 people, with pool and view in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 4 people, with pool and view
1 bedroom1.5mi to the beach
3.8
(633 reviews)
from $66 / nightFREE cancellation
Hotel for 2 people, with terrace and view, kid friendly in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 2 people, with terrace and view, kid friendly
1 bedroom500yd to the beach
3.2
(346 reviews)
from $59 / night

Vacation rentals with free cancellation

Hotel for 4 people, with yard in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 4 people, with yard
1 bedroom700yd to the beach
3.9
(701 reviews)
from $58 / nightFREE cancellation
Hotel for 4 people, kid friendly in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 4 people, kid friendly
1 bedroom1.5mi to the beach
3.7
(665 reviews)
from $74 / nightFREE cancellation
Hotel for 2 people, with yard in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 2 people, with yard
1 bedroom500yd to the beach
3.2
(525 reviews)
from $76 / nightFREE cancellation
Hotel for 6 people, with terrace, kid friendly in Santa Cruz
Hotel for 6 people, with terrace, kid friendly
1 bedroom350yd to the beach
3.7
(4232 reviews)
from $647 / nightFREE cancellation

Pet-friendly Vacation Rentals

Vacation rental for 8 people, with hot tub, with pets in Santa Cruz
Pet allowed
Vacation rental for 8 people, with hot tub, with pets
3 bedrooms600yd to the beach
4.3
(20 reviews)
from $762 / night
Hotel for 2 people, with terrace, with pets in Santa Cruz
Pet allowed
Hotel for 2 people, with terrace, with pets
1 bedroom150yd to the beach
4.0
(425 reviews)
from $101 / nightFREE cancellation
Hotel for 10 people, with yard and pool, kid friendly in Santa Cruz
Pet allowed
Hotel for 10 people, with yard and pool, kid friendly
550yd to the beach
3.3
(622 reviews)
from $86 / night
Hotel for 2 people, with view, kid friendly in Santa Cruz
Pet allowed
Hotel for 2 people, with view, kid friendly
1 bedroom0.6mi to the beach
2.4
(1439 reviews)
from $67 / nightFREE cancellation

Vacation Rentals with Pool

Hotel for 2 people, with children pool and pool in Santa Cruz
Pool
Hotel for 2 people, with children pool and pool
1 bedroom0.8mi to the beach
4.0
(836 reviews)
from $66 / night
Hotel for 2 people, with pool in Santa Cruz
Pool
Hotel for 2 people, with pool
1 bedroom1.5mi to the beach
4.0
(222 reviews)
from $99 / night
Hotel for 2 people, with pool in Santa Cruz
Pool
Hotel for 2 people, with pool
1 bedroom400yd to the beach
3.7
(364 reviews)
from $79 / nightFREE cancellation
Hotel for 4 people, with hot tub and balcony as well as pool in Santa Cruz
Pool
Hotel for 4 people, with hot tub and balcony as well as pool
1 bedroom100yd to the beach
4.4
(1662 reviews)
from $170 / night

Vacation Rentals with Internet

Hotel for 4 people, kid friendly in Santa Cruz
Internet
Hotel for 4 people, kid friendly
1 bedroom150yd to the beach
4.5
(131 reviews)
from $99 / night
Hotel for 2 people, with view in Santa Cruz
Internet
Hotel for 2 people, with view
1 bedroom300yd to the beach
3.7
(565 reviews)
from $65 / nightFREE cancellation
Vacation rental for 5 people, with yard in Santa Cruz
Internet
Vacation rental for 5 people, with yard
2 bedrooms1.3mi to the beach
from $212 / night
Vacation rental for 4 people in Santa Cruz
Internet
Vacation rental for 4 people
2 bedrooms1.7mi to the beach
5.0
(6 reviews)
from $240 / 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

Best vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Vacation Rental • 0 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
5.0
(20 reviews)
Our 1928 carriage house apartment is situated in historic Beach Hill. It has been recently renovated, yet much of the original charm has been maintained. It is a perfect spot for families or small groups - close to many tourist spots yet located in a residential neighborhood.Cowell's Beach (boogie boarding and surfing), Steamer's Lane (advanced surfing), Monterey Exploration Center, Boardwalk, wharf, Warriors basketball stadium, downtown, and West Cliff Drive (bike/walking path along the ocean) are all a quick 5 minute walk from our house.The apartment is located in a private garden setting...
from $237 / night
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Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Vacation Rental • 592 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
5.0
(6 reviews)
New to VRBO but established with 50 5 star ratings on Airbnb. All the amenities of home. A few blocks from the base of UCSC, above the fog, yet 10 minutes drive to downtown and the beach, with ample street parking (permits provided), our sunny cottage is clean and comfortable with eclectic and reclaimed details. A private, honeysuckle lined walkway leads to a large patio with dining area. Bright with high ceilings and large skylights, there are two comfortable bedrooms with queen beds and a mix of 100% cotton and organic bedding. A fully stocked kitchen includes dishes, cook and bakeware as...
from $240 / night
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Seabright, Santa Cruz
Vacation Rental • 1442 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
5.0
(6 reviews)
Serene, modern townhouse in the heart of Seabright, Santa Cruz's best neighborhood! Located on a quiet street, within walking distance of Seabright Beach, the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, and the Yacht Harbor! Newly updated and furnished, with three levels to provide a spacious amount of living area-- great for families. The main level includes a dining room (seats 6 plus 3 at granite-topped breakfast bar), galley kitchen, powder room and fireplace, and a large living room opening onto an open-air deck with chairs/table and gas grill. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything from oil...
from $178 / night

Most popular in Santa Cruz

Pool 1
Internet 28
Pets allowed 5
Balcony/Terrace 16
TV 26
Air conditioning 7

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Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices Santa Cruz

$378for 8 Oct - 15 Oct
$450 annual average
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Vacation rentals availability Santa Cruz

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36% annual average
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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?

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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