Top 14 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Santa Cruz, CA - Updated 2021

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Santa Cruz, California, is home to several state parks, superb places to eat, and stunning beaches, the latter being its selling point. Many travelers come here to enjoy 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 laidback locals complete the scene, making Santa Cruz a welcoming hotspot for all travelers. If you want to experience a great beachside getaway, continue reading for the best Airbnbs in Santa Cruz, CA.

1. Lovely apartment for three (from USD 184)

Ideal for up to three guests, this cozy rental is equipped with one bedroom and one full bathroom. The colorful interior boasts a cheery vibe and is uniquely decorated, adding to its charm. It is situated just a short walk from the beach and several restaurants. You can also cook your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen if you do not feel like heading out. Pets are welcome here, and free WiFi is offered for convenience.

Lovely Tuscan Apartment Blocks from the Beach
Santa Cruz, California, United States
219 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is a lovely patio off the kitchen and a beautiful courtyard with fountain below
lovely apartment with balcony having a washer and dryer was handy as well
lunch on the patio off the kitchen was a delight in the warm sunshine
it has a large comfortable bed in the main bedroom and a pull-out couch in the living room
we enjoyed the cool foggy mornings walking a couple blocks to grab coffee at verve's roasting facility
very clean and organized
very clean & comfort
the place was clean well kept and beautiful
the apartment was clean and perfect for three people
the bathroom was very spacious with great water pressure premium soaps and plenty of towels
the hosts' book of recommendations was helpful and truthful
also the hosts are always excellent
we really enjoyed the hosts little touches
chuck and susan were excellent hosts who made us feel right at home
chuck and susan were great hosts
excellent location in santa cruz
the location is also excellent
the location is also amazing
excellent location near downtown and beach in quite safe neighborhood
great place in a great location
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2. Elegant suite with a hot tub (from USD 256)

Boasting a relaxing hot tub, this rental is perfect for some R&R. This elegant guest suite can easily sleep a maximum of three guests. The rental comes with charming and well-lit interiors, featuring one comfortable bedroom with a double bed and a single bed as well as a spotless bathroom.

It has a spacious deck surrounded by lush trees and is equipped with cozy seating areas, so you can relax outdoors. A bathtub is also available in the private bathroom for a rejuvenating soak. You can use the bikes on the premises to explore the area.

Beach Suite- HotTub AquariumPasses E-Bikes&Surfbrd
Santa Cruz, California, United States
803 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we brought foil trays to roast veggies and it was easy and doable without a kitchen
super comfy bed and great natural light inside
this cozy cottage is a great getaway spot we would visit again
the kitchen utensils felt like something bought at a flea market
the bed was comfortable and the room was just perfect
perfect little getaway clean cute and quiet space
the hot tub was clean and reliable
very clean cozy and intimate space for a quiet and relaxing weekend
super clean cute and just the perfect spot to runaway to
the place it’s self was so clean and cozy
the hosts are very kind
these are wonderful hosts that truly know how to host their guests
not to mention the hosts were really responsive when we had questions
loved the privacy but our hosts were quickly responsive to our needs
bed was comfy and hosts were super responsive
such a cute place and perfect location
this was a cute little place located within walking distance to the beach
it's in a great location maybe a 5-8 minute walk to the beach
location wise you can walk to the beach in under ten minutes
great location for access to the beach
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3. Cosy and secluded yurt (from USD 79)

For a secluded and private getaway, this simple and unique yurt 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 on 20 Beautiful Acres
Soquel, California, United States
367 reviews  Wifi Available
Yurt 1 Bed 6 Guests 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 159)

This adorable dome home is one of Airbnb’s most popular vacation rentals, 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!

The Mushroom Dome Retreat & LAND of Paradise Suite
Aptos, California, United States
1622 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Dome house 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 backyard (from USD 150)

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 residential 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. Wonderful beachside cottage with 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 and gorgeous garden sanctuary (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. Quiet loft in the woods (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. Large and modern oceanside retreat (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. Lovely loft house (from USD 356)

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.

Wave House by the Beach for Two!
Santa Cruz, California, United States
295 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire residential 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. Beautiful home with stunning views

This beautiful bungalow offers stunning water views from the deck and can comfortably accommodate up to four guests. It features one cozy bedroom and one and a half baths. If you prefer to cook your own delicious meals, you can take advantage of the fully equipped kitchen.

The property is a short walk from the beach and the town center, so you can conveniently access numerous shopping and dining options. Do note that this rental is available for monthly stays only.

Cute bungalow overlooking the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!
41 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds are comfortable and there are plenty of extra sheets/blankets/pillows
it was great plenty of beds and bathrooms and patio was lovely
views super comfortable great location it’s a highly functional space for families and friends to come together
very cleanly space with the perfect amenities for a comfortable stay close to the boardwalk
everything was clean and the house had everything we could ask for
very cozy and clean; cute stuff here and there
very responsive property manager
the hosts were extremely quick with communication and extremely helpful in ensuring that we had the most relaxed time
this place rocks responsive host amazing location overlooking boardwalk pier and beach
beautiful and amazing location
amazing location super close to everything very bike friendly
great location great view walking distance to everything
fantastic place and great location
great little bungalow in an amazing location
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13. Vibrant home with panoramic ocean views

If you want to stay just steps away from the beaches, but still crave some solitude, this Santa Cruz beach rental is perfect as it’s located a fair bit away from downtown Santa Cruz. The bright and colourful living room will put you in such a great mood, so you can watch TV happily and comfortably.

From the dining table, you’ll have panoramic views of the beach, so you can dine with unbelievable views around you. The home also has two bedrooms. They’re both roomy, bright, and simply decorated. They also have comfortable beds in them so you can fall asleep peacefully.

And, if you feel like you need to keep fit even during your vacation, the property has a workout zone. Make use of any of the exercise machines and exercise while looking out at the wonderful views.

Santa Cruz, California, United States
124 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great ocean view from the sun room
the house’s sun room has an outstanding (wow ) view of the ocean
the beds were so comfortable and the sun room had an amazing view of the beach
the view of the ocean in the sun room was fantastic
the view from the apt/house is breathtaking
spotlessly clean and well maintained
the space itself was exceptionally clean and inviting
this apartment was very clean and bright
spacious clean and well appointed
house was very clean and very spacious
marisol was a very professional host and took great care of us
the host was very welcoming and accommodating to us
responses to questions were lightning fast and very helpful
very responsive host
marisol is a great host and is very responsive
great location
the location was perfect
great location for a good price
good location near santa cruz
perfect location wish we could have stayed longer
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14. 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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