Top 12 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Santa Cruz, California - Updated 2023


Santa Cruz, California, is home to several state parks and stunning beaches, the latter being its selling point. Many travelers come here to enjoy a lot of things to do including watersports such as sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, and surfing. Places such as Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Natural Bridges State Beach, and Santa Cruz Wharf are tourist magnets. Besides its beaches, this coastal city also has plenty of redwood groves to diversify its natural landscapes. Friendly and laid-back locals complete the scene, making Santa Cruz a welcoming hotspot for all travelers. If you don’t have any idea where to stay in this great beachside getaway, continue reading for the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Santa Cruz, CA.

1. Cozy beach bungalow with bunk beds

This one-bedroom bungalow is just steps away from the beach in Santa Cruz’s Seabright community. You’ll find plenty to do within walking distance, including some of the best places to eat, the Santa Cruz Nature Museum, the boardwalk, and the yacht harbor.

Inside, the cozy bedroom features a bunk bed setup and a bathroom off to the side. The living room and dining area are conveniently located, and the back patio provides the perfect place to relax and listen to the waves. Note that there’s no washer or dryer, but there’s a laundromat nearby. While there’s no dedicated parking or driveway, there’s free street parking available.

Beach Bunk-Bed Bungalow
Santa Cruz, California, United States
119 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire townhouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch was comfortable enough for me to sleep on my mom slept on the bottom bunk
amazing location charming half cottage with lovely patio area & beautiful kitchen
kitchen had everything enjoyed the patio would come again
awesome place super comfortable and with everything needed for a very relaxing seaside vacation
clean bright and well stocked
nicely appointed and very clean
the bungalow was super clean and inviting
clean welcoming & great communication with hosts
the cottage is clean + cute
ovr is a wonderful host and is so easy to communicate with
host was wonderful with excellent communication
the description of the place is very accurate and the host does a great job communicating
had an awesome time host was super responsive place was exactly as advertised and location was very convenient
price was reasonable the place was clean and staff were extremely helpful and communicative
two blocks away from a beautiful beach and walking distance to downtown
such a great location
close to some great breakfast & lunch places
walking distance to the beach in a cute little neighborhood and was just right for our stay
absolutely adorable great location wonderful trip
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2. Cozy garden suite with a private entrance (from USD 223)

Experience ultimate privacy in the heart of Santa Cruz at this peaceful garden suite. Relax in the king bed, complete with a comfy gel top and 100% cotton sateen sheets. Extra guests can use the air mattress.

Stocked with appliances and breakfast items, the kitchen includes filtered water, coffee, tea, cream, and sugar. Enjoy the outdoor garden sitting area, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and complimentary toiletries, as well as an iron and ironing board. The place has its own entrance and side gate access.

Guest suite in Santa Cruz · ★4.92 · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Santa Cruz, California, United States
571 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
same as the rest of the reviews; very comfy bed nice to have coffee/creamer/sugar bagels and cream cheese
it was a great stay nice amenities very comfortable
best air bnb no complaints super comfy bed
having a kitchen and a sitting area are nice amenities as well
nice conversation and awesome breakfast recommendation
it was clean and comfortable
clean towels hot water clean bed and the most comfortable mattress
everything was clean and the bed was extremely comfortable
the space was very clean and well appointed
toni's space was clean and private
toni is a great host
toni was a very helpful host
toni is a perfect host
toni is a welcoming host
great property and very thoughtful host
good central location too
great location in town
the location is very good
the location was walking distance to pretty much everything
this is an ideal location in santa cruz
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3. Cozy hideaway with nature views (from USD 107)

For a secluded and private getaway, this pet-friendly Airbnb in Santa Cruz will definitely offer that and more. It looks boring on the outside, but the interior is surprisingly spacious and simply decorated. It comes with 4 beds: a regular full-sized bed, a futon couch that folds out into another full-sized bed, and a trundle bed with two twin mattresses.

You’re located away from civilisation and are instead surrounded by a beautiful view. You’re also near a trail that will eventually lead you to some hills and the ocean, so take some time to explore. Then, after your explorations, you can get clean in the showering area.

Yurt in Soquel · ★4.71 · 2 bedrooms · 4 beds · 1 bath
Soquel, California, United States
366 reviews  Wifi Available
Yurt 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there was also a fan and space heater if needed
we had work to do and the wifi was great
heaters were great on a very cold night
i wasn’t the biggest fan of the composting toilet but the outdoor shower was kind of fun
urbanites will be pleasantly surprised almost like a camping experience but with uber comfortable beds and a heater
pretty area and everything was very clean
inside the beds were clean with plenty of extra blankets
yurt is clean and comfy
ashley's place is absolutely beautiful the yurt is spacious clean and incredibly well-stocked
host was great quick response on any questions that i had
she was a great host & we enjoyed our stay
host are very kind
kind hosts and a pleasant experience
the host was very friendly and responsive
i would definitely go to this location again
great location - close enough to get to town but tucked away
the area is beautiful and it is close to santa cruz and other attractions
close enough to santa cruz boardwalk to enjoy during the day
for us it was super ideal to be in a quiet natural place
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4. Quaint mushroom dome in the woods (from USD 228)

This adorable dome home is one of the best Airbnbs in Santa Cruz, and we can definitely see why! Hidden amongst the tall trees, you’ll feel as though you’re living at the top of the world.

The small living-cum-dining area welcomes you into the home. It’s compact yet comfortable, and the sofa in the room can also double up as a single bed. Feel free to cook in the small kitchen, where you can whip up a basic but delicious meal. There’s also the small but mighty bathroom, which is fully equipped so you can go about your daily business comfortably. Note the the bathroom door is actually a curtain. How quirky!

Climb up the ladder in the kitchen to access the loft bedroom. It’s surprisingly spacious and the bed is extremely plush, so you can definitely fall asleep easily here. There’s also a deck with an outdoor dining area, bench, and grill, so you can have an outdoor cookout!

Dome in Aptos · ★4.88 · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath
Aptos, California, United States
1801 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Dome 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
overall cost wise- it’s expensive for how small and outdated the utilities linens kitchen ware and appliances are
the space is very fun cozy and has a great outdoor space
i am super impressed with the composting toilet as well
5 year old son and kitty had a wonderful futon next to the bed for him to nest in
so clean and kitty was very welcoming
the cabin is clean and well equipped
the dome itself was very clean and i would definitely stay again
it’s very homey and clean michael and kitty are great hosts
amazing place and amazing hosts
kitty and michael are amazing hosts kitty is kind thoughtful knowledgeable and engaging
the host was quick and responsive in meeting us warm welcoming and very hospitable
they were so friendly showing us around the property and where to see the hummingbirds
wonderful insightful intelligent and inspiring hosts
the location is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle
very interesting place to stay
the mushroom dome is tucked away in a beautiful relaxing location
loved the setting and drive to the location
kitty and michael's place was perfect for our family
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5. Charming and modern home with a backyard

This Santa Cruz vacation rental is in a strategic location, just minutes away from both the iconic boardwalk and the beach. The large and welcoming living room will surely make you feel right at home. There are plenty of plush seats, an indoor fireplace, and a large TV, so you can gather everyone for a toasty movie night. The sofa can then be used as an additional bed that can accommodate 2 more people.

Feel free to use the well-appointed kitchen to cook up a delicious meal for everyone. And you can even make use of the washer and dryer to make sure your clothes are fresh and clean. When you’re feeling sleepy, head into the roomy bedroom and fall asleep with ease on the large and plush bed.

The home also has a big and clean bathroom that comes with a humongous bathtub so you can have a relaxing soak. And, to top it all off, head out to the garden to enjoy a bout of cloud gazing or to just admire the beautifully maintained area.

Charming Home Close to Beach
Santa Cruz, California, United States
24 reviews  Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful back yard and super-comfortable bed
the bed and bedding were both extremely comfortable
we most enjoyed the location off street parking comfortable bed and the abundance of coffee we consumed
very comfortable and equipped with everything we needed for our stay in santa cruz
the kitchen is small with a sweet apartment sized o'keefe & merritt range and a full sized fridge
everything is immaculately clean
very clean and cute great hangout backyard space with bbq
the home is super clean and beautifully decorated
jill was a great host and responded to us via text promptly whenever we had questions
incredible jill was an amazing host and her house is so charming
jill is very friendly and easy-going
excellent place to stay in santa cruz with an excellent host
location was excellent
the location is perfect
downtown is very close as well
the location was ideal for our day at the boardwalk
perfect location too only 10 min drive to the beach
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6. Beachside cottage with a sauna (from 139 USD)

The warm and welcoming cottage is located in a private and quiet neighbourhood, making it a perfect vacation rental for a relaxing getaway. To make things even better, it’s only a quick trip away from the world-renowned beaches.

Sit back, relax, and watch your favourite television programmes in the bright and cosy living room. There are also two bedrooms in total, with one having a large and plush bed and some storage space. The other bedroom has a clear coastal theme, is equally as comfortable, and also comes with an office table for you to complete some work.

There’s also a vibrant and clean bathroom where you can have a nice, warm soak in the bathtub. Or head out and make use of the private sauna on the lot! It’s extremely fun and you’re sure to be relaxed once you step out of it.

Tasteful Cottage By the Ocean

Address: Santa Cruz, California, United States (see map)

Price: from 139 USD

Number of Guests: 4

7. Secluded garden sanctuary best for couples (from 149 USD)

If you want to be located away from Santa Cruz but still be close enough to visit, this lovely garden sanctuary is perfect for a romantic getaway. The living room is humongous and has plenty of comfortable seats for you to lounge about and watch TV.

The bedroom is comfortable and lies behind some privacy screens, so you can sleep like a baby in the quiet and peaceful bedroom. After a long day out, you can make use of the bright and roomy bathroom. It comes with all the basic essentials like towels and shampoo, so you can go about your daily business and get washed easily.

Also, how about grabbing the complimentary bottle of wine and hanging out in the beautifully maintained garden?


Address: Aptos, California, United States (see map)

Price: from 149 USD

Number of Guests: 2

8. Peaceful retreat with bay views (from 225 USD)

If you are in need of a quiet getaway, this relaxing and tranquil Airbnb loft in the woods, 15 miles away from Santa Cruz, is perfect. You can disconnect from technology too. This vacation rental even comes with some homemade meals delivered to your door!

You’re welcome to prepare and cook a meal in the open, modern and well-appointed kitchen. And you can read a book in the bright nook next to a large window.

You can then choose one of the two bedrooms. They’re both well decorated and equally as comfortable, so you will be able sleep restfully in both of them. And if you’re in this home on a clear day, you can head out to the deck and have a lovely view of Monterey Bay.

A Loft in the Woods

Address: Corralitos, California, United States (see map)

Price: from 225 USD

Number of Guests: 3

9. Oceanside haven with a roof deck (from 280 USD)

This beach house in Santa Cruz is located close to several beautiful beaches, which are ideal for surfing and watersports. There’s a roomy and contemporary kitchen that comes fully equipped with everything you’ll need to easily cook a meal. There’s also a laundry room so you can wash your clothes when you need to.

There are two bedrooms that are wonderful and cosy. The master bedroom is bright and comes with a large and plush bed, so you won’t have any problems falling asleep. The second bedroom may be smaller, but it still is equally as comfortable. It also comes with some storage space to put your belongings away.

There are also 2 more beds available. One is in the loft space, which has a queen-sized sleeper sofa. The other one is in the living-cum-bedroom, which comes with a full-sized sleeper sofa. This room also opens up to the backyard patio.

Head up to the roof deck where you can lounge back on the giant chairs and catch up on your tan. It’s also so high up that you can enjoy an unparalleled view of the sea.

Surf & Beach House Retreat Oasis

Address: Santa Cruz, California, United States (see map)

Price: from 280 USD

Number of Guests: 8

10. Mountainside getaway home with hot tub (from 295 USD)

If you want to have a private retreat away from the beach, consider this beautiful Airbnb home located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The roomy and bright living room is fairly welcoming, and beckons you to just spend the day indoors with your family or friends while watching TV.

There are two cosy bedrooms in this home. The master bedroom is simply decorated but comes with a large and plush bed to ensure that you’ll have a great night’s sleep. The second bedroom is smaller, but is still equally as comfortable.

You can then treat yourself by having a warm soak in the bathroom’s hot tub, or you could head out to the deck and have a soak in the hot tub, be it day or night!

Beautiful Mountain Getaway, Hot Tub

Address: Santa Cruz, California, United States (see map)

Price: from 295 USD

Number of Guests: 4

11. Loft-style apartment with a balcony (from USD 358)

Located to many points of interest and essential establishments, this Airbnb vacation rental is a loft-style apartment with modern furnishing and cathedral ceilings. Its one bedroom features one queen bed that can accommodate up to two guests, ideal for a couple or a solo traveler. On the ground floor, you’ll find an open-plan living space that comes with a functional kitchen with a breakfast bar, a dining set-up, and a cozy sitting area. You’ll also have a balcony with outdoor seating and a yard, where you can roam freely.

Home in Santa Cruz · ★4.99 · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Santa Cruz, California, United States
377 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a very comfortable space with all amenities
the bed was comfortable and the floors and carpets were very clean
the bed is super comfy
we were very comfortable and had everything we needed
the house is just beautiful with a super comfortable bed and several relaxing outdoor area’s
super clean and comfortable
it was very modern clean and spacious
super clean space with plenty of floor space
the house was extremely clean and fresh
expect a clean place ready for any stay
kendall was a fabulous host
kendall is a wonderful host
kendall was an excellent host
highly recommend :-) great helpful host
kendall was a responsive and helpful host
great walking distance from everything
ability to walk to so much
cool place centrally located close to the wharf
great location walking distance to everything but not too close to hear the traffic/ night noise
the location was perfect walking distance to the boardwalk and wharf
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12. Private backyard cottage

Despite being located in the owner’s beautiful backyard, this cottage apartment in Santa Cruz is private so you’ll be able to have a quiet getaway. One thing to take note of is that there isn’t any Wi-Fi on the property, but that can be a benefit because you can spend time being disconnected from the web.

There’s a simple but quaint living room to hang out in. And if you’re hungry, you can whip up a meal in the large and modern kitchen. You can then retreat into the roomy bedroom and fall asleep comfortably and easily.

Santa Cruz Cottage
Santa Cruz, California, United States
87 reviews Superhost
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great location quaint spot nice room with amenities seamless check-in would stay again
erik's cottage is a very comfortable cozy place perfect for a romantic weekend getaway
great kitchen with everything needed
finishings are high quality and comfortable
it was as impeccably clean as everyone else says
extremely clean and well cared for
it is spotless comfortable quiet and full of nice touches
the space was clean and just like the pictures
this was a very nicely done and clean space
erik was a great host quick to respond and flexible to help us extend our booking when required
erik was friendly and great to chat with
erik himself is also really friendly and i felt very welcomed and had a great time there
friendly informative and respectful ;)the place was nice as well
he is so friendly welcoming and we had a lot of fun conversations
the location is amazing
excellent location on quiet street
great location: walking distance to beach and downtown
very cute cottage in a great location
fantastic location within walking distance of many of santa cruz's attractions
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Sensational Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a beautiful city and a vibrant vacation destination that draws in tourists from all over. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a private and meaningful vacation. These are just some of the best vacation rentals on Airbnb that offer great amenities and a private space for you to retreat to after a long day. If you’re in the mood for a beach getaway, keep these Airbnbs in Santa Cruz in mind.

Frequently asked questions about best Airbnbs in Santa Cruz

1. Which are the best pet-friendly Airbnbs in Santa Cruz?

There are only few pet-friendly accommodations in Santa Cruz, and here are the most recommended properties: the secluded yurt and the dome cabin.

2. Which Airbnbs in Santa Cruz are good for families?

If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday home here in Santa Cruz, you can take a look at these properties: the mountainside home, the modern home, and the vibrant home.

3. Which are the best romantic Airbnbs in Santa Cruz?

Going on a vacation with your special someone? If so, you’ll surely want to book this secluded garden sanctuary and this lovely loft house.

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