Top 9 Yurts In and Near Santa Cruz, California - Updated 2024

Hannah
Hannah 
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The vibrant city of Santa Cruz is awash with spectacular, natural beauty. In this coastal, Californian city, bright sunshine turns the beaches into stretches of warm gold and the wind whips up frothy waves in the Pacific and stirs the leaves of giant redwoods in the nearby forests. Surrounded by a variety of superb, dramatic landscapes, Santa Cruz has an incredible amount to do, see, and explore for outdoor adventurers. Cycle along the picturesque West Cliff Drive and follow the trail to the stunning Natural Bridges State Beach, where you can admire the unique rock formations and spy local wildlife along the peaceful shore. Climb aboard the Roaring Camp Railroads for a train ride through the awe-inspiring redwood forests or hike along the coastal bluffs in Wilder Ranch State Park. The powerful Pacific waves are perfect for water sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing, and there are many beautiful beaches to spend a leisurely afternoon. Visitors will even find many things to do at night, including theme parks and theaters. Wildlife watching tours and breathtaking state parks ensure that the area around this city is filled with opportunities to reconnect with nature. If you don’t know where to stay, this destination is home to top vacation rentals and hotels with private beaches, but it’s also a great place to go glamping. Check out the top yurts in and near 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 June 24, 2024.

1. The Redwood Hideaway (from USD 84)

Enjoy a peaceful vacation on a 15-acre (6.07-hectare) mountaintop property. The 16-foot (4.88-meter) wood and canvas yurt gives you plenty of lounging areas and is fitted with a skylight, an electric heater, and a mini-fridge. While in this yurt for rent near Santa Cruz, you’ll have access to a shared detached bathroom and outdoor showers.

Enjoy nature by staying on the redwood deck while enjoying the view, going out and exploring the forest sanctuary, or taking some time to meditate by the pond. You will also have access to a shared saltwater pool and a hot tub. Additionally, you can book a two-hour session in the private bamboo spa and sauna deck for 100 USD.

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Aptos, California, United States
10.84 km (6.8 mi) from The Mystery Spot
309 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Yurt 0 Beds 2 Guests 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi by pool is strong
we loved having no wifi in the yurt so we could break the habit of constant phone checking
wifi was spotty in yurt but strong up the hill
what a cozy hideaway and inspirational community that strives to live in sync with the environment
the grounds have beautiful plantings and the kitchen was well equipped
Cleanliness:
the communal bathrooms and kitchen were clean with plenty of hot water
Host:
the hosts were great and very helpful
rosa is an outstanding host and great soul
the hostess kind and generously attentive to every need
the hosts are kind available and also respectful of privacy
a true retreat with a friendly helpful staff
Location:
what a great location in the redwoods
tucked away in the trees but close enough to town and the host rose was great
we had a great time walking around the grounds and enjoying the many hummings birds we saw
perfect place to go as a couple
if you're looking to relax and unplug this is the place
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2. Lupin Lodge (from USD 100)

Eager for a truly unique glamping experience near Santa Cruz, California? Lupin Lodge is definitely a property to add to your bucket list. The yurt is on a property that encourages nude recreation. Clothing is optional here, which means you’ll probably see people lounging around bare. Do also take note that there are various rules to follow while here, so be sure to check them out before booking your stay.

At the end of the day, soothe your muscles in the shared hot tub or go to the sauna. The yurt itself is clean and fairly spacious with a plush bed right in the middle.

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Los Gatos, California, United States
16.95 km (10.6 mi) from The Mystery Spot
74 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
pretty basic facilities but i really appreciated having a coffee maker in the yurt
the bedding was quite comfortable and the facilities and open air and au naturel experience is invigorating
the pool area is relaxing and set up well it’s just like camping with a bed
Host:
super friendly staff and other guests
everyone is so kind and friendly
friendly people nice grounds cant beat the value
this community was kind genuine and welcoming from the start
everyone around was very friendly and the atmosphere was wonderful
Location:
this is a place for an open experience and it is an interesting place
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3. Yurt surrounded by beautiful woods (from USD 79)

The sunny yurt has accommodation for up to six guests, is filled with modern amenities and cozy furnishings, and offers stunning panoramas of the Californian countryside. Warm and well furnished, the space has four beds, a heater, a fan, and an outdoor bathroom and shower that all guests share. After hiking the scenic trails that surround the property, guests can relax by the fire pit right outside their yurt.

This wonderful yurt Airbnb near Santa Cruz sits in a wooded area and is part of an “intentional community.” To make things even better, this is a pet-friendly vacation rental, so your furry friend is welcome to join in!

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Soquel, California, United States
3.96 km (2.5 mi) from The Mystery Spot
365 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
Cleanliness:
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:
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
Location:
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. Mountaintop yurt in the Redwoods (from USD 184)

Marvel at the gorgeous panoramas provided by this magnificent mountaintop yurt in the Redwoods. Located in Watsonville, the property is within walking distance of the Mount Madonna Retreat Center and offers a rejuvenating and relaxing experience for two guests. Fill your days riding horses along the mountain trails, doing yoga at the Retreat Center, or following the hiking trails among the giant trees, before cozying up in the stylish yurt in the evening.

Inside the spacious and sunny property is a plush, queen-sized bed, a cozy couch and a stove in the living space, a large, dining table, a contemporary bathhouse, and a modern kitchenette. The yurt is also equipped with electricity, a gas-heating stove, and Wi-Fi.

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Watsonville, California, United States
22.43 km (14.0 mi) from The Mystery Spot
724 reviews   Wifi Available
Yurt 1 Bed 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this little place was perfect very cozy and gives you a great view of mt
the space was immaculate and huge - completely ample and comfortable for the two of us
the yurt is just as pictured very comfortable with the sounds of nature everywhere
amazing place quiet and rustic yet modern and comfortable
had such a lovely night in this private and cozy stay
Cleanliness:
james and mary added all the thoughtful touches you could wish for and the space was so clean
the yurt is fairly remote quiet extremely clean and quite comfortable
clean place that is behind the owner's house
the yurt is cozy and clean and furnished very aesthetically
Host:
james is a wonderful host
lovely gracious host and wonderful hospitality
the hosts are very lovely and helpful
owner was very nice and has yurt stocked with games
james and sarojini were so kind and loving hosts
Location:
beautiful location in the redwoods
beautiful location near mount madonna park and center
this a unique location and well worth it
nice cozy place ideal for a weekend getaway
the location is great if you want to get away from civilization for a bit
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5. Large yurt in a 20-acre community (from USD 199)

If you’re eager to go yurt camping near Santa Cruz, this large yurt is a great choice. It’s rustic, spacious, and simple. The vacation rental can accommodate up to 12 guests and is surrounded by woodlands. The space consists of ten comfortable beds, two couches, a wood stove, and a fire pit. All guests share the property’s communal bathroom and shower. This property is quiet and peaceful, and it is set in a large community in Soquel.

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Soquel, California, United States
3.93 km (2.5 mi) from The Mystery Spot
60 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in yurt 9 Beds 12 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 12

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were very comfortable and the coffee good
the beds where very comfortable and we appreciated the nature around us
the beds were super comfy and we all felt well-rested after the weekend
no really those beds were super comfortable
great spot- super fun and cozy space
Cleanliness:
we slept comfortably as the beds were really nice with clean and comfy linens
the property was clean beautiful & safe
the yurts are cozy clean and perfect for a weekend retreat
the yurt was very clean and had plenty of bedding water and even a fireplace
the yurt was very clean and in a beautiful forest setting
Host:
kari was a great host
the host was nice and friendly
kari was a great host and the property is really beautiful
this yurt was absolutely huge and the hosts were very accommodating as our arrival check in time kept fluctuating
they were very welcoming and helpful with our stay
Location:
beautiful location in the middle of the woods
super close to the beach but also nestled in the woods
communication was easy and location was close to breakfast restaurants in the morning
such a great place to get away from the city with a big group of friends
beautiful location and a great place for a small group to enjoy time together
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6. A cozy yurt in a vineyard with view of Monterey Bay (from USD 180)

Embrace the beauty of nature by making yourself comfortable in a cozy yurt that is nestled in a vineyard. You will have the rare opportunity to admire the magnificent views of Monterey Bay anytime you want, for the ultimate glamping experience. You can also enjoy facilities that include a kitchen and a wireless internet connection.

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Los Gatos, California, United States
14.25 km (8.9 mi) from The Mystery Spot
313 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Yurt 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amazing views killer bathroom perfect
there's a fan in there that was enough to keep the place aired
the bed was super comfy and we were given fresh water coffee and muffins
heated yurt and very nice bathroom
the bed is incredibly comfortable and the linens are plush and soft
Cleanliness:
also very clean bathroom is equipped
everything was super clean
the yurt was very clean and super cozy
the yurt was gorgeous so clean and well appointed and the views incredible
Host:
robin is a great host
gracious and hospitable hosts
robin and mark are amazing hosts and the yurt was spectacular
robin and mark are lovely hosts and their yurt is truly remarkable
robin is an excellent host
Location:
fantastic place and gorgeous location
i still am processing how beautiful the location is
such a cozy place to stay in a beautiful and quiet location
this place is a great find fun getaway in a gorgeous location
unlike camping the bathroom is super close (but doesn’t feel too close) private and high-end
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7. Yurt on beautiful land

A quaint style and comfortable amenities make this beautiful yurt a delightful place to stay in Soquel. This pleasant property is spacious and filled with light, and is perfect for a quiet getaway among towering trees. The yurt is equipped with a plush queen-sized bed, a wood stove, and electricity, with a communal, outdoor bathroom and shower nearby. Hiking trails run through the surrounding leafy forest, and Santa Cruz is only a short drive away. This is a charming accommodation for solo travelers and couples, but two mats can be added to provide accommodation for up to four guests.

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Soquel, California, United States
3.88 km (2.5 mi) from The Mystery Spot
338 reviews  
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

8. Vegan massage spa retreat

For a cozy stay, check into this yurt. This Santa Cruz vacation rental has a peaceful ambiance and offers accommodation for up to four guests. Inside the bright yurt are two futon beds, a large, lounge space, a wood burning stove, and access to a bathroom. Guests can also enjoy a fresh breakfast in the morning and a massage session included in their stay.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
6.2 km (3.9 mi) from The Mystery Spot
Yurt 2 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. Private retreat glamping in a redwood forest

This spacious yurt in Boulder Creek is a delightful accommodation for a relaxing and unique group getaway. Simple and peaceful, the open-planned yurt is not furnished, but it has space for up to 28 guests. There is a communal bathroom and outdoor shower nearby. The yurt has a 360 degree, elevated, wrap-around porch which offers amazing views of the surrounding redwood trees.

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Boulder Creek, California, United States
21.29 km (13.3 mi) from The Mystery Spot
30 reviews  
Yurt 16 Beds 1 Bathrooms

The brilliant beauty of Santa Cruz

Stunning scenery surrounds you in Santa Cruz, and there are so many ways for you to enjoy this picturesque area. The city is nestled among breathtaking landscapes where you can hike among giant trees in ancient forests, surf the frothy swells of Pacific waves in the best surf spots, and ride horses along rugged, wind-swept coastal bluffs. From train rides to boat tours to laid-back beach days, this destination is filled with unbeatable outdoor experiences. If you’re planning to go camping in Santa Cruz, these yurts are sure to help you reconnect with nature. Start planning your trip today!

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