Top 10 Monthly Rentals In Santa Cruz, California

Angelica
Angelica 
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Those who love the sun, sand, and sea will undoubtedly love what Santa Cruz brings to the table. This charming city in California is known for having a thriving surf scene. Check out the stunning Cowell Beach and Seabright Beach during your time here. For a family-friendly experience, head to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This attraction boasts exciting rides, mini golf, and several dining options. To learn more about the city’s rich history, you can visit Santa Cruz Surfing Museum or Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and Sones Cellars are great places to explore for wine connoisseurs. This bustling city also boasts plenty of accommodations that cater to extended stays. So, scroll down to find the top monthly rentals in Santa Cruz, California.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status. recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on November 28, 2023.

1. Bright cottage near downtown (from USD 228)

Book this cottage for a minimum of 28 nights, and you can avail of a 25% discount. Besides offering a great deal on monthly stays, this property boasts other top-notch amenities. The rental is a short drive from the bustling downtown area and close to the famous University of California Santa Cruz. You can also reach the beach easily from here.

This bright and detached accommodation features two private patios, the perfect spots to unwind with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There is a new washer and dryer you can make use of. Want to whip up a hearty meal for your loved ones? You can do so in the fully equipped kitchen.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
493 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great wi-fi for working
comfortable with all the amenities
we stayed in late november but the ac was powerful enough to warm the rooms
the beds were super comfortable
we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and the kitchen was well stocked
Cleanliness:
very clean and private
the unit was clean bright and comfortable
erin's place was a clean and beautiful place
nicely appointed super clean very convenient
the beds were comfortable and the space was very clean and well maintained
Host:
host was pleasant and communicative
erin was a great host and we enjoyed our stay
erin is an amazing host - everything went smoothly and we enjoyed our stay a lot
erin is an outstanding airbnb host very responsive and easy to reach
host had great communication
Location:
located on a quiet street yet close to attractions
great location quite neighborhood with easy access to everything
it was the perfect location for our weekend away
the cottage's location was ideal located in a quiet neighborhood yet convenient to everything that is santa cruz
nice location convenient and easy to get around
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2. Remodeled vacation home with laundry room (from USD 159)

Having been owned by a family for over 50 years, this vacation home will surely give off an incredibly homey feel. Staying here allows you to pack light, as you will have access to a shared laundry room. The remodeled rental boasts soundproof flooring, so you can relax without much outside noise. Moreover, amenities, such as Wi-Fi, toiletries, and linen, are also provided for convenience.

Use the free parking if you plan to bring a vehicle. The rental also has a travel crib, high chair, and toys for your little ones’ comfort. Whip up delicious meals for your loved ones in the well-equipped kitchen. Moreover, booking this property for 28 nights or more will reward guests with a nice discount.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
183 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire vacation home 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment was great and just as described
great place bed was comfortable and fully equipped kitchen
susan's apartment was the perfect spot for our small family's spring break
the bed is huge the kitchen is stocked and the living room is perfect size
Cleanliness:
very clean and spacious
very clean and comfortable
clean and convenient with all you need
the house is very clean and well stocked
great spot clean and susan was extremely responsive
Host:
highly recommend this airbnb & host
susan was a wonderful host
susan is an outstanding host
susan is an excellent host
she was always quick to respond so friendly and understanding
Location:
great location and walk ability
great location in santa cruz
easy walk to boardwalk
great location in walking distance to good restaurants and the beach/pier
easy walk to some restaurants
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3. Victorian cottage with free parking (from USD 251)

If you’re searching for accommodation that is conveniently located near Santa Cruz’s top attractions, then choose this cottage. It’s close to the famous boardwalk, beach, and lighthouse. To save money, opt to cook your meals in the well-equipped kitchen. As for entertainment options, you can use the fast Wi-Fi, browse over 100 channels on the Smart TV, or unwind in the clawfoot tub. Moreover, furry friends are welcome here for an additional fee.

This historic cottage, built in 1887, also boasts a private patio for relaxation. What’s more, staying here for 28 nights or more will make you eligible for a monthly discount.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
89 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage is lovely and the attention to detail makes it especially comfortable and cozy
Cleanliness:
the place was very clean and comfortable
wonderful little cottage very clean and pet friendly
the place was easy to find super clean quiet and close to the ocean
great location & host was very hospitable cottage was clean & comfortable
beautiful sunsets clean and crafted and a wonderful host we will be back
Host:
khristina was a great host
host is super cool
host is so friendly and helpful
friendly helpful host
khristina is a wonderful host very friendly and helpful
Location:
great location and great house
beautiful relaxing place very central to everything
great location for walking to o'neil's restaurant and close to downtown by car
great place and incredible location
great location for easy glorious walking
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4. Gorgeous apartment with deck (from USD 255)

Relaxation and comfort await at this apartment. Head to the nearby West Cliff Drive in the mornings for a stroll with your partner. Moreover, this 640-sq.ft (59.46-sq.m) rental boasts breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. With its bamboo floors and abundance of windows, guests will have a homey and sunny experience here. To add to the excitement, this accommodation also gives a whopping 40% discount for stays of 28 nights or more.

Hungry? Whip up meals in the well-stocked kitchen. Alternatively, you can have a cookout using the barbecue facilities on the deck. Wi-Fi is also provided to stay connected with your loved ones.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
Apartment 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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5. Santa Cruz Cabana (from USD 285)

Book a stay at Santa Cruz Cabana and experience convenience and luxury throughout your stay. Its location allows you to unwind peacefully while placing you close to downtown Santa Cruz. You can make meals in the well-equipped kitchen or explore the surrounding area by visiting the various dining options, such as Hula’s Island Grill. One of the best features of this rental is the outdoor patio, as it comes with a hot tub, tiki bar, and even a hammock.

Connect with your loved ones back home with ease using high-speed Wi-Fi. What’s more, a great discount awaits if you book this rental for 28 days or more.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

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6. Simple cottage with fenced yard (from USD 168)

Have a splendid time in this cottage with your small group, which boasts a private entryway to ensure extra privacy. There are some stores and restaurants close by, but you can always use the full kitchen and dining area to prepare and relish your meals. If you crave adventure, the accommodation is close to golf courses and hiking trails. Moreover, furry friends are permitted here for an additional charge.

Streaming shows can be done with absolute ease thanks to the high-speed Wi-Fi provided on the property. Plus, a washer and dryer are available here to keep your clothes clean. In addition, booking this rental for a month will help you grab a good discount.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
cottage 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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7. Historic cottage with a coastal theme (from USD 207)

Your stay in this historic cottage will be one for the books, thanks to its amenities and location. This rental features a coastal theme, with a shell-inspired duvet and pops of blue. While the kitchen is compact, you will still have the appliances needed to whip up a scrumptious meal for your group. Meanwhile, the living room and cute reading nook are perfect spots to stay entertained or be at peace.

Are you planning to have an extended stay in this cottage? You can avail of a monthly discount by booking this place for 28 days or more. To add to the convenience, the host also provides free Wi-Fi access.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Host:
i highly recommend staying here and the host is very kind and accommodating
Location:
the short walk to the beach was great and neighborhood was very nice
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8. Modern rental ideal for families (from USD 278)

Convenience is synonymous with this modern rental, as it’s only a short walk from the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The accommodation has an open-layout concept, allowing the spaces to feel more airy and free. The kitchen comes equipped with the necessary amenities for a seamless culinary journey, and it also has a coffee maker to keep up with your caffeine fix. Laundry facilities and Wi-Fi are available, too.

The nautical-themed rental has a furnished balcony where you can admire the surrounding neighborhood over a drink. Moreover, you can grab a monthly discount for booking this property for 28 days or more.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
Apartment 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

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9. Inviting home close to Seabright Beach (from USD 192)

This inviting home features proximity to the famous Seabright Beach and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, allowing you to spend your days in utter excitement and joy. The gorgeous rental has been recently updated to cater to guests’ needs. The living room has a TV, board games, and even a DVD player for indoor entertainment. It leads to the deck furnished with a seating area and a grill. Also, Wi-Fi is provided here to complete pending work or browse social media.

This three-level accommodation boasts a galley kitchen, complete with spices and even a martini shaker. There are also laundry facilities on offer. Besides, a monthly discount of 26% can be enjoyed by those seeking an extended stay for 30 days.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the 2 bedrooms/bathrooms were clean and comfortable plus the loft was great fun for the kids
Host:
julie is a fabulous host and great communicator
mitch and julie could not have been more gracious and accommodating
Location:
great location yet still reasonably quiet
the condo is well-stocked in a great location and perfect for families
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10. Homey accommodation with fireplace (from USD 446)

This accommodation is perfect for a bigger group looking for a place to stay in Santa Cruz. It boasts two levels and well-equipped bedrooms, with a master bedroom on the upper floor. Guests can unwind on the balcony, which offers views of the backyard. If you crave more relaxation, take advantage of the hot tub and enjoy a peaceful soak. You will also appreciate the two-car garage area for your parking needs.

The spacious living area offers a TV, a comfy couch set, and a fireplace to keep you warm and toasty when needed. Plus, the fully equipped kitchen will help you to whip up delicious meals for your family. Stay here for 28 days or more and get a monthly discount of 20%.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

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Have a splendid vacation in Santa Cruz

With beaches offering incredible waves, it’s no surprise that Santa Cruz is flocked by lots of surfers. Besides having a surf culture, this city has a rich history, making it an ideal destination for all travelers. Explore the rest of Santa Cruz by booking a monthly rental from the above list.

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Angelica has a degree in AB Communication from the University of Santo Tomas with a Magna Cum Laude distinction. She loves nothing more than to write — from short stories to pouring her heart out...Read more

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