Top 10 Vacation Rentals In Santa Cruz, California - Updated 2022

vacation rentals in santa cruz ca

Situated at the north end of Monterrey in California is Santa Cruz, a small coastal city that captures the essence of the “Endless Summer” life. Bohemian vibes, sun-drenched beaches, a vibrant uni-culture, surf-mad grommets and a super chill lifestyle manages to keep this relaxed beach town perpetually stoked and youthful. With 29 miles (49 km) of pristine coastline, a gravity-defying Mystery Spot in the midst of redwoods, pumping surf-able waves, a vintage amusement park, and an exceptional selection of wineries in the region, Santa Cruz delivers all that is needed for you to hit the sweet spot in life. Check out this list of the top 10 vacation rentals in Santa Cruz that will give you the ultimate holiday experience and help you make the most of this sunny beach town.

1. House by the beach (from USD 389)

This well furnished, spotless and aesthetically appealing beach house is perfect for a romantic couple’s getaway. It is located near the pier and the boardwalk and is convenient to explore the best of what Santa Cruz has to offer. The host is super friendly and welcomes you with a bottle of wine during check-in.

Wave House by the Beach for Two!
Santa Cruz, California, United States
330 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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2. Independent studio with a lovely garden (from USD 124)

This blissful, relaxing retreat house offers you naturally well-lit rooms, a fully stocked kitchen, a sunny deck, a fabulous selection of books, a beautiful Zen garden and close access to the beach and the best cafes in town. The loft space is ideal for anyone looking for an escape from the city to enjoy a relaxing and mind rejuvenating getaway. Sip a cup of coffee in the balcony, watching the birds flutter around or sit in the garden and get your mind, body and soul rejuvenated in this peaceful, serene retreat.

Jade Studio by Beach at Jasmine Garden Oasis
Santa Cruz, California, United States
811 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also the deck for eating breakfast on the next morning was lovely
a comfortable place with a great balcony to enjoy morning tea
it’s a beautiful idyllic space that is entirely peaceful and comfortable
there are lots of beautiful comfortable normal airbnbs in santa cruz
charming garden & thoughtful touches in the room including fruit
expect clean and beautiful studio
super clean and well furnished
it was clean and had sweet welcoming touches
very clean extremely comfortable bed and nice shower
the studio was sparkling clean cozy and full of comfortable and thoughtful touches
marie & peter were very nice hosts
great hospitality very kind people
lovely home and hosts would stay again for sure
wonderful place with kind hosts
lovely hosts with a gorgeous home and wallet friendly prices
perfect location and cozy place
great location for walking to the beach
it is a short walk from a gorgeous strip of beach
i loved being close to the cliffs
amazing location and just wonderful experience
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3. Stylish bungalow (from USD 137)

Situated in a safe and quiet neighborhood, this attractively designed house has amenities and facilities that will provide you with all the comforts of home. Designed and managed with the guest’s privacy as the top priority, this beach house is recommended for small families and couples looking to spend some quality time together. The patio in the house with seating arrangements, plants and flowers is a wonderful place to relax and unwind.

Sunny Harborside Bungalow
Santa Cruz, California, United States
477 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i did use the space heater which made it quite comfortable
we spent mornings on the patio listening to music and enjoying coffee and breakfast
i especially appreciated kitchen amenities cooking facilities tea and condiments in the fridge(butter ketchup yogurt etc
great for a couple and includes a fold out bed
the apartment has all the comforts of home
quiet clean comfortable and adorable
comfortable clean and quiet
it’s clean comfortable and quiet
cozy clean and quiet
place is clean and well appointed
she is also extremely responsive
barbara is a great host
barbara is a great host
barbara is an excellent host
she was helpful without being intrusive
close enough to downtown but in a cute quiet neighborhood
great location and nice place
it's located in a great central part of town
really cute and lovely place
right in seabright comfortable walking distance from exploring the surrounding area
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4. Cozy and centrally located suite (from USD 131)

Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood, this clean, spacious, comfortable house has its own private entrance and a serene, beautiful backyard. This place can be used as a great base to explore Santa Cruz as well as spend some delightful, private time indoors. The host is super helpful and gracious and fittingly welcomes you to Santa Cruz with cookies, bagels, muffins and milk that will make your stay enjoyable right from the start.

Cozy garden westside king suite STR18-0122
Santa Cruz, California, United States
498 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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5. House with stunning views (from USD 725)

Located close to the famous Santa Cruz boardwalk and hiking trails, this comfortable, warm, well-stocked house is perfect to catch sight of some extraordinary views of the ocean. You can choose to set a campfire gathering on the beach, lounge around in the living room listening to the calm sounds of the waves crashing or hit the beach and watch your kids play with the beach toys provided by the host. There is also a beautiful, outdoor backyard perfect for spending some time with yourself.

Sandy Beachfront Surfside w/ HOT TUB!
84 reviews  Wifi Available
House 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 4
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Also the carpet in the living room is filthy
the kitchen was fitted with everything you would need to prepare all meals
There was plenty of room for 6 adults and 2 kids
Also the dinning chairs need to be recovered
The bathroom in the master bedroom is updated and very nice
Not the "sleeps 10" as stated
This property was located close to everything we wanted to do
The beds were amazing and the view especially the sunsets were so beautiful
After rental issues our host was quick to help
She was very helpful with our pre visit questions
Manager responds timely and was very understanding once she heard our issue would recommend
This home was very well described and suited our group very well
Would enjoy working with her again
The best thing about this property was the neighborhood and location
The place was perfect for 2 families with kids Steps from the beach and well located to explore both Santa Cruz and Capitola
Beautiful place needs window cleaning
The view from the house was amazing and we were just steps from the beach
Kitchen was well stocked lots of pans and dishes but
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6. Beach cottage in a wonderful neighborhood (from USD 350)

This cozy, comfortable house located at a stone’s throw away from a beach is ideal for a family vacation. The place offers a fully equipped kitchen, a lovely front yard, spacious rooms, a beautiful backyard with BBQs, comfy beds and loads of cute, little personal touches from the host that will deliver you an enjoyable stay. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves, or wake up to refreshing ocean breezes, take a walk to the beach and watch the local surfers ripping waves, or hang loose in the fireplace after a day full of adventures in this cute, unique beach cottage. The host also provides you with wet-suits, boogie boards, beach chairs, beach toys, and a brilliant selection of children’s books and movies.

Spring into 2022 @ 26TH AVE Beach, Surf, Hot Tub & Sunshine
163 reviews  Wifi Available
House 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The only downfall is that the beds are very uncomfortable and probably need to be updated
The toys and books were perfect our children LOVED playing legos in the living room
The fireplace was cozy at night
The home was spacious comfortable and sunny
It had so many wonderful amenities for people with children including playpen highchair
the distance was perfect the beach was clean
Such a beautiful cottage for our family gracious host
We appreciated all the details including the wetsuits for kids
the cat was always a welcome visit Very happy with our stay
We are already talking about next year
She was there upon our arrival to greet us and go over details of the rental property
A easy couple of block walk to beach access Quiet neighborhood and a lovely well appointed home
it was a vacation full of memories
it was great for my teenage daughter and her friend to walk to the beach
The house is immaculate and the finishing touches are lovely
I brought my family out to my hometown of Santa Cruz and this was the perfect place for non-tourist visit Close to the beachYard for the kids to play inGreat kitchen for preparing meals inAmazing ...
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7. Spacious house on Seabright Beach (from USD 1600)

This spectacularly set up house is comfortable, well appointed, clean and is within a walking distance from the boardwalk, museum and the pier. With an attic, fully stocked kitchens, comfortable beds, and loads of DVDs, books and games, this roomy house is perfect for a family gathering. Don’t miss out on the incredible sunsets which you can catch from the master bedroom on the second floor or the occasional sights of the whale breachings from the deck.

Vistamar on Seabright beach! Hot tub, views, decks...
109 reviews  Wifi Available
House 14 Guests 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The kitchen was stocked with everything you could want or need
The outdoor shower was great
I expected the view to be a bit exaggerated in the pictures
The kitchen was amply stocked
The kitchen has everything you need
The owner was very accommodating as well
I met Karen who gave me a tour
Gabriella was fantastic in helping to book the last minute rental and was very accommodating
Our grandchildren loved the dress up attire and the attic area
swing hot tub pool table
but I did not expect "out of this world
some stayed at another house near
the Boardwalk Amusement Park a mile away kept beckoning
I looked at Vistamar many times in my search
Location on the beach is perfect Walking distance to restaurants and stores
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8. House in Pleasure Point Beach (from USD 400)

Situated in a cul de sac, this beach house is all that is needed for a memorable family beach holiday. Guests having a fun, safe, comfortable vacation is the host’s top priority. He provides all necessary amenities along with a BBQ, pool table, beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, surfboards, wet-suits, a foosball table, arcade games, beach toys and an outdoor dining set.

5bdr + Kids Game Room, Walk to Beach, Hot Tub!
161 reviews  Wifi Available
House 10 Guests 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
There was ample room for every child to have their own bedroom
The kitchen was great as we cooked all our meals at "home" Plenty of room for all us at the table for meals and Apples to Apples marathons
My granddaughters loved the game room and we took advantage of all the amenities
/Ms PacMan (try to beat my Galaga score) and the always hot hot tub
2 littles & one black labbie
kitchen lots of clean towels
We had a fire one night and roasted marshmallows
busy and happy Owners are super nice and
We were a family reunion group and really enjoyed all the space and toys available to us
A great family vacation for our three generations plus dog
new BBQ Battle lines were drawn with the ping pong table
The labbie did a lot of sunbathing out there
The location is great within short walking distance from the beach restaurants and shopping We would stay here again
There is a great little park barely a block away and the kids and the labbie enjoyed playtime
This house is well stocked and pretty much has everything you could need all within walking distance to the beach and 41st street shops and restaurants We will be back
We had such a great time at this house Location was awesome for walking to the beach or getting to the freeway for taking day trips
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9. Three-bedroom beach house

This beautiful house is neat, clean and uses designs and decors that will give you a dreamy, paradisaical feel. Visually delightful and well maintained, this beach house is perfect for a fun beach holiday with your family and friends. Sunbathe and watch the waves crashing and the sail-boats slowly making their way across the ocean on the lovely, spacious roof-top deck.

Beautiful SeaBright Beach House
66 reviews
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The bedrooms living room
The kitchen is fully stocked
HIGHLIGHT roof top deck with beach view
The bedrooms are spacious and have comfortable beds
This home would be very comfortable for five adults even if it were in the middle of nowhere - nice bedrooms and bathrooms great kitchen and super comfortable lounging areas in the living room on...
The contact person was responsive
Our host was available by phone or text
The property is very nice and well appointed and maintained with multiple outdoor spaces including a third floor balcony with great views
We loved the rooftop deck---absolutely amazing view
This is a great stay for a family or smaller group that enjoys historical charm while being steps from a beautiful beach
it's a very short walk to a beautiful beach
Lots of amenities (too many to list )
Great location Close to beach and boardwalk and walking distance to many good restaurants Had a great time with family
There is a strict noise ordinance being located in a historical and residential neighborhood and the owners rightfully ask renters to respect that Look elsewhere in SC if you are looking for a p...
My family and I really enjoyed the stay Beautiful front patio
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10. Charming beach house

Located within a walking distance from the famous Pleasure point surf beach and the boardwalk, this comfortable beach house has two well trimmed fenced yards, a bocce ball court, a wood burning fire pit, a well-equipped kitchen, and all the amenities you will require for a fun holiday. This beautiful home right across the beach will make you feel right at home and it is perfect for a family vacation. Sit on the outdoor patio by the fireside and soak up views of the ocean while your kids run around the yard and play Bocce Ball in this well-accommodating beach house.

Fantastic Ocean View Beach House with Bocce Ball Court and Two Outdoor Fire Pits
62 reviews  Wifi Available
House 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The kitchen is great and the living room is cozy
complete kitchen big fridge and plenty of parking
great amenities (coffee pot/kettle/blender/etc ) as well as plenty of extra pillows/blankets/air mattresses a blu-ray player and board games
The view from the deck was incredible and spent all of our time there
There was plenty of room for everyone to sit together in the living room and in the kitchen where we all tend to congregate
The grounds are full of fantastic foliage and flowers
Kitchen and bedrooms were lovely and well appointed
The house was neat and clean and spacious enough to accommodate all six of us
the owner was gracious and quick to reply with any questions we had
was a very responsive helpful host
and he was always available The house inside was great
We Loved Every minute of our stay One family member wants to bring her friends she will contact
view of the ocean quality out door spaces
This house is in a great location convenient to Santa Cruz and Capitola and the beach of course which is less than a minute walk away
Wonderful location quiet and peaceful neighborhood and not too far from the downtown area
It's in the perfect location and the property manager Blake
Location is perfect for walks on the beach and easy access to restaurants and shopping
just a few minutes walk to the beach that borders Moran Lake Park
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Hit the coast and crack a few chillers

With the beach boardwalk that is replete with fun-filled activities and the ever-pumping beaches where surf pioneers once caught waves, Santa Cruz is hands down one of the best beach holiday destinations in the USA. Take a pick from the list of vacation rentals above or pick a cozy cabin rental nearby and hang loose in this laid-back beach town.

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