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Santa Cruz vacation rentals

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

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Private room · Santa Cruz
Zen Garden Sanctuary
Catch the soft chime of a bell or lyrical note of water falling on water. Priv. entrance. Priv. bath, Sunny room w/ gated garden. Quiet neighborhood. Walk to ocean. UCSC, Marine Lab, wharf nearby. Wine tasting, pubs and restaurants. bike, hike, surf. The price of this room includes a mandatory 11% occupancy tax required by the city of Santa Cruz.
Apr 20 – 27
$108 per night
Superhost
Guest suite · Santa Cruz
Jade Studio by Beach at Jasmine Garden Oasis
Welcome to Jasmine Garden Oasis Retreat House—3 block walk to quiet beaches. Ideal for individuals, couples, or families seeking serene setting. Two upstairs independent guest studios inside our home, each with queen bed and extra beds for $30 charge: Jade Studio with private deck, and Birdsong Studio overlooking garden. Garden hot tub, meditation & QiGong instruction, bicycle loan, allergy-free, healing sessions, and low-EMF option--renewing for heart, body & soul. Sunrise/sunset at beach.
Feb 3 – 10
$110 per night
Superhost
Camper/RV · Santa Cruz
Glamping in the Santa Cruz Airstream
Looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city? Enjoy camping but want comfort and amenities too? Come experience Glamping, the best of both. It's where nature meets luxury. Here you can relax in a beautiful Airstream surrounded by the great outdoors while still being super close to downtown and the beach!
Jan 16 – 23
$91 per night
Superhost

Vacation rentals for every style

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Stay near Santa Cruz's top sights

Photo of Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Cruz Wharf86 locals recommend
Photo of Main Beach
Main Beach4 locals recommend
Photo of Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center49 locals recommend
Photo of Giant Dipper
Giant Dipper6 locals recommend
Photo of UCSC Arborebum
UCSC Arborebum8 locals recommend
Photo of Santa Cruz Harbor
Santa Cruz Harbor30 locals recommend

Santa Cruz beach vacation rentals

Private room · Aptos
Stylish one bedroom with patio by the Ocean
Dec 26 – Jan 2
$76 per night
Private room · Santa Cruz
Beach Getaway Studio
Jan 29 – Feb 5
$104 per night
Superhost
Private room · Santa Cruz
Master Bedroom w/ Soaker Tub
Mar 25 – Apr 1
$86 per night
Superhost
Private room · Santa Cruz
Room with a view on the Pleasure Point surf break
Nov 2 – 9
$154 per night
Superhost
Guesthouse · Santa Cruz
SC Boat Harbor/Boardwalk Hideaway
Dec 5 – 12
$103 per night
Superhost
Guest suite · Santa Cruz
Savasana Surfer's Retreat
Dec 19 – 26
$116 per night
Superhost
Home · Santa Cruz
BoardwalkOasis-HotTub+EBikes+Surfbrd+GameRoomKayak
Dec 7 – 14
$454 per night
Superhost
Home · Santa Cruz
26th Ave Beach Home. 1 block to beach.
Feb 3 – 10
$261 per night
Superhost
Home · Santa Cruz
Historic Harbor Studio, near Twin Lakes Beach and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Feb 10 – 17
$168 per night
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Townhouse · Santa Cruz
Beach Bunk-Bed Bungalow
Jan 3 – 10
$135 per night
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Townhouse · Santa Cruz
Harbor House A, overlooking Santa Cruz Harbor
Feb 5 – 12
$213 per night
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Cottage · Santa Cruz
Sea Otter Cottage in Santa Cruz!
Dec 8 – 15
$320 per night
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Downtown Santa Cruz vacation rentals

Treehouse · Aptos
Cedar TreeHouse in Aptos Mountain Retreat & Spa
Dec 4 – 11
$145 per night
Superhost
Tiny home · Aptos
Bamboo Cottage in Aptos Mountain Retreat & Spa
Dec 7 – 14
$100 per night
Superhost
Earthen home · Aptos
Adobe Casita in Aptos Mountain Retreat & Spa
Nov 9 – 16
$110 per night
Superhost
Apartment · Scotts Valley
Quaint Farmhouse in Santa Cruz Mountains
Dec 11 – 18
$90 per night
Superhost
Guest suite · Soquel
Beach Dreams🏖 Cozy Private Suite Retreat ❤️ 181153
Aug 19 – 26
$94 per night
Superhost
Private room · Scotts Valley
Tranquil Getaway
Feb 5 – 12
$106 per night
Superhost
Cabin · Soquel
Cozy Santa Cruz Mountains Cabin! Pet Friendly!
Dec 14 – 21
$104 per night
Superhost
Private room · Santa Cruz
Vintage Charm Close to Downtown and Beaches
Jan 23 – 30
$125 per night
Superhost
Loft · Scotts Valley
Charming 1940's Farmhouse in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Dec 13 – 20
$90 per night
Superhost
Guest suite · Santa Cruz
Arana Gulch/PurpleTriangle Hideaway
Dec 9 – 16
$104 per night
Superhost
Guesthouse · Felton
Private Retreat Studio
Nov 14 – 21
$92 per night
Superhost
Guesthouse · Santa Cruz
PrIvate Seabright Garden Apartment
Oct 10 – 17
$130 per night
Superhost

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.


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.