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Comfort, Style at the Beach

True master suite: 250 sq ft bedroom with king bed, gas fireplace, wet bar, ceiling fan, private deck, cable TV, two comfy chairs roomy 9' x 13' 4-piece en suite with soaker tub, large shower, heated tile floor; 7' x 12' walk-in closet, 9' of hanging rod, in-wall ironing board. Adjacent sitting room is 12' x 13': Kitchenette has microwave, toaster oven, Keurig coffee maker, 36" frig, washer/dryer, desk/table and two chairs, two upholstered chairs, tall coffee table, floor lamp.

$50 per night
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Neighborhood Room with a loving pup to play with!

Welcome to a room in a quiet home in the heart of Santa Cruz. You will get to be hosted by Brie, the loving goofy pup. Relax in the peaceful yard, soak in the hot tub, rest up in the VERY (everyone keeps commenting on it!) comfy bed, and enjoy the cozy feel of our home. We love to host and welcome you to this lovely beach town. The home is just off the freeway (but quiet), a short walk to downtown, the beach is a quick drive away along with so many other joys our community has to offer.

$82 per night
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Snug and Cozy between the Skyline and the Sea

Super private, peaceful, and quiet; an excellent place for the traveler who is excited about exploring the Santa Cruz mountains and coast. Completely private In-law unit with extras needed to make it cozy. Snuggled between Scotts Valley, Felton, and Santa Cruz it's near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 1440 Multiversity, and Mount Hermon Conference Center yet less than an hour from Silicon Valley. The Airbnb cleaning handbook is followed making this one of the cleanest places you’ll stay at!

$65 per night

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Downtown Santa Cruz vacation rentals

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Sunny, modern/contemporary one-bedroom.
$160 per night
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Aptos Cottage “Seas The Day” 2 blocks to beach !
$150 per night
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Stylish one bedroom with patio by the Ocean
$54 per night
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Midtown Private Cabana-Private Entry
$106 per night
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Felton redwoods retreat
$103 per night
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quiet room w/kitchen; 3 blocks to downtown
$78 per night
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  2. Soquel
Beach Dreams🏖 Cozy Private Suite Retreat ❤️ 181153
$98 per night
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  2. Santa Cruz
Near Beach, Boardwalk, Wharf, Restaurants.
$125 per night
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Cozy little room in a Santa Cruz home
$72 per night
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Eco Friendly 1 Bedroom in downtown Santa Cruz.
$86 per night
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Rainbow room//tyler ct.
$66 per night
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Enchanted Room in Wonderland - Artist home/studio
$91 per night

Your guide to Santa Cruz

Introduction

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town, where the waves are big, the vibe is laid-back, and every third person has a surfboard hanging out of their jeep. Here you'll find a treasure trove of funky thrift shops side by side with locavore restaurants that source their ingredients from nearby farms. The infamous Santa Cruz Beach, just a stone's throw away from downtown, is known for its vintage boardwalk and surf culture (the modern wetsuit was invented here). Venture inland to the Santa Cruz Mountains and you'll be greeted by nearly 2,000-year-old redwood trees and a handful of California’s most forward-thinking wineries. And there's no shortage of unique rentals to call home for your stay, from leafy beach bungalows on Laurel Street to relaxing Spanish revival abodes lining Soquel Avenue and the Victorian homes of Beach Hill.


How do I get around Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz is located 75 miles south of San Francisco in Santa Cruz County. The nearest major airport is San Jose International Airport (SJC), 30 miles north. The fastest and most direct way to reach Santa Cruz from there is to rent a car and drive. An airport shuttle is the next best option, followed by the Santa Cruz Metro bus service, which connects the airport to Santa Cruz through a somewhat complicated route. Alternatively you can fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and rent a car. It's a wise choice to have a rental car for your trip if you plan to take advantage of the area's state parks and visit neighboring towns like Aptos.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Cruz?

June through August are the warmest and driest months in Santa Cruz, coinciding with peak travel season. Something to keep in mind: A coastal California phenomenon known as June gloom means that fog is known to creep in during early summer, potentially impacting your beach-going plans. Late summer tends to be more reliable for sunny days, and fall is actually one of the best times of year to book vacation rentals here if you want cloudless skies, pleasant weather, and fewer crowds; October still maintains high temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit. January and February are the wettest and coldest months, with just over 6 inches of average rainfall and an average low of 42 degrees.


What are the top things to do in Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has attracted visitors for more than a century and is one of only two existing coastal amusement parks on the West Coast. This outdoor stretch boasts roller coasters, concession stands, and dozens of carnival games, all set against the backdrop of the dazzling ocean.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Save a day for a trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, four miles north of town. A 40-acre grove of sky-scraping old-growth redwood trees is the main draw, but the trails expand into other habitats including grassland, rivers, and sand hills. You can explore it via hiking trails, bike, or horseback.

Capitola

This cheery seaport village in Santa Cruz County is worth a visit for its unique Easter egg-colored cottages and seafood restaurants. Shops and galleries sell crafts and artwork by local artists, and the beach is perfectly positioned for a sunset stroll.