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Sun, Surf and Sand Await at Your Santa Cruz Vacation Rental

A university town, Santa Cruz is a popular weekend spot with students taking a well-deserved break here, but the laid-back locals also make it a memorable destination. Several nearby beaches have often been referred to as the finest in the Western Hemisphere — how's that for a reason to visit? Book your Santa Cruz vacation rental for a date in paradise!

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Apartments and vacation rentals with a kitchen

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House  Santa Cruz
Jun 7 - Jun 14
-47%
$551
$290 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Santa Cruz with Free Parking + Coastal Views

3.8
Good (79 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House  Santa Cruz
Feb 22 - Mar 1
-41%
$850
$500 per night
House ∙ 11 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Seabright with Patio & Grill + Ocean Views + Next to Beach

4.5
Excellent (88 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House  Santa Cruz
Apr 13 - Apr 20
-63%
$700
$263 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Entire House in Santa Cruz with On-Site Parking

5.0
Outstanding (2 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Vacation rentals with Wi-Fi

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House  Santa Cruz
Nov 30 - Dec 7
-53%
$289
$135 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Nice House in Santa Cruz with Free Parking + Ocean Views + Next to Beach

4.3
Very good (128 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Cottage  Santa Cruz
Nov 30 - Dec 7
-48%
$365
$188 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Opal Cliffs with Free Parking

4.9
Outstanding (50 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
Internet
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House  Santa Cruz
Apr 22 - Apr 29
$763 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Opal Cliffs with Patio & Grill + Ocean View

4.7
Excellent (122 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Vacation homes and rentals with a yard

Looking for vacation homes with a little extra outdoor space? Check out these accommodations in Santa Cruz with private yards.

House  Santa Cruz
Mar 16 - Mar 23
$365 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Opal Cliffs with Yard, Grill & Patio + Tropical Views

4.7
Excellent (48 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House  Santa Cruz
May 4 - May 11
$575 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Charming House in Seabright with Grill, Yard & Patio + Beach Nearby

4.8
Outstanding (115 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House  Santa Cruz
Apr 13 - Apr 20
-48%
$1,000
$525 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Wonderful Vacation Home in Opal Cliffs with Grill, Patio & Yard + Ocean View

4.7
Excellent (84 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Oct 1 - Oct 8
-48%
$500
$260 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Seabright with Grill & Patio

4.4
Very good (48 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Oct 1 - Oct 8
-31%
$350
$240 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Santa Cruz with Grill

4.4
Very good (112 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Nov 30 - Dec 7
-57%
$269
$115 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Santa Cruz + Ocean Views

4.3
Very good (128 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Compare and find a rental meeting your criteria among the 947 fantastic vacation rentals from numerous partner websites in Santa Cruz. Each of the offers from the different providers are immediately compared by the search engine to help you save up to 49%.

Recommended Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Find your perfect vacation rental in Santa Cruz: from $124 per night

House Santa Cruz
Feb 22 - Mar 1
$766 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Pleasant House in Santa Cruz with Overnight Parking + Spectacular View + Next to Beach

4.6
Excellent (128 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Apr 20 - Apr 27
-41%
$479
$282 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

House in Seabright with Yard & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (34 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Nov 30 - Dec 7
$1,073 per night
House ∙ 14 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Charming Vacation Home in Santa Cruz with Grill & Sauna

5.0
Outstanding (37 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Cottage Santa Cruz
Apr 14 - Apr 21
-63%
$302
$112 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Opal Cliffs

4.9
Outstanding (50 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Apr 21 - Apr 28
-55%
$371
$166 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Santa Cruz + Coastal Views

3.8
Good (79 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Mar 15 - Mar 22
-63%
$314
$115 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Vacation Home in Santa Cruz with Patio, Grill & Yard

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Jun 8 - Jun 15
$725 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Opal Cliffs with Patio, Grill & Yard + Ocean View

4.7
Excellent (114 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Apartment Santa Cruz
Feb 22 - Mar 1
$162 per night
Apartment ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Rental Apartment in Seabright with Grill & Yard

5.0
Outstanding (2 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Villa Santa Cruz
Nov 30 - Dec 7
-20%
$980
$788 per night
Villa ∙ 12 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Villa in Santa Cruz with Patio, Yard & Grill

5.0
Outstanding (31 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Budget-friendly Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

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House Santa Cruz
May 4 - May 11
-40%
$596
$359 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Opal Cliffs with Large Patio

4.6
Excellent (62 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Feb 22 - Mar 1
-31%
$650
$450 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Wonderful House in Opal Cliffs with Patio, Yard & Grill + Beach Nearby

4.8
Outstanding (212 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Feb 22 - Mar 1
-52%
$977
$472 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Private Vacation Home in Opal Cliffs with Yard, Patio & Grill

5.0
Outstanding (5 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Top-Rated Rentals and Accommodations in Santa Cruz

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House Santa Cruz
Apr 13 - Apr 20
-45%
$463
$254 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

House in Santa Cruz with Grill & Patio + Next to Beach

4.6
Excellent (228 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Mar 15 - Mar 22
-29%
$703
$501 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Santa Cruz with Patio & Grill

5.0
Outstanding (152 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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House Santa Cruz
Mar 8 - Mar 15
-69%
$798
$249 per night
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

House in Seabright with Patio + Ocean Views

5.0
Outstanding (25 ratings)
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
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Popular Rental Amenities in Santa Cruz

  • Pet-friendly (127)
  • Pool (434)
  • Hot tub (187)
  • WiFi (1,050)
  • Kitchen (267)
  • Parking (60)
  • TV (965)
  • Balcony/patio (496)
  • Fireplace (319)
  • No smoking (1,052)
  • Air conditioning (772)
  • Washing machine (372)

Above, you can find the most selected filters in Santa Cruz and the number of properties that offer them. Santa Cruz is the right place to book an accommodation if you travel with your pet or you're dreaming of days spent poolside, as the most common amenities are "Pets allowed" and "Pool." It is also possible to look for an accommodation in Santa Cruz if you want to sweat it out in a sauna as 39 of the listed rentals there offer "Sauna."

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You can see our climate diagram above. In September maximum temperatures go higher than 77°. January is the coolest month, with average minimal temperature reaching 37°. The rainiest month is March while the driest month is June.

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Accommodations for your vacation in Santa Cruz

157 among the 947 listed accommodations in Santa Cruz are house rental. They account for nearly half of the property types in this destination (47.01%). Additionally, these properties have an average size of 166 m² as well as an average price of $816 per night. Furthermore, house rental are ideal for large groups, as most can accommodate 7 people. Users looking for something other than house rental can also find many bed and breakfast rental, which are the second most popular type of accommodation in Santa Cruz. Bed and breakfast rental in Santa Cruz are 29 m² on average, with average prices of $444 a night.
Where to find the best food in Santa Cruz?

Dining Out

Santa Cruz offers visitors a range of international cuisines to choose from. While here, profit from the ocean-front restaurants and lounge bars that offer prolific coastal views. Santa Cruz's laid-back vibes are best-experienced at the Asian Rose Cafe which serves vegan, Californian and Sri Lankan cuisine. For Thai-Vietnamese fusion under ambient lamps and shimmery lights, Charlie Hong Kong awaits. El Palomar and Jalapeños Taqueria dish out Mexican staples such as tortillas and tacos with finesse. Or you can pick up Chinese takeaway for later at your Santa Cruz vacation rentals.

For a fun night out, Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz is the place to go; this stretch has a number of bars and clubs.

What is the weather like in Santa Cruz?

A Good Time to Visit

Summer is the undisputed peak season, meaning you'll need to book your Santa Cruz vacation rental well in advance. Winter is a nicer time to visit and have the beach to yourself, as it never really gets cold here. Moreover, you're assured discounts on your Santa Cruz vacation homes, not to mention peace and quiet. The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn when colors change are recommended for nature lovers.

What are the top sights in Santa Cruz?

Things to Do and See

The pedestrian-friendly downtown strip enjoys its proximity to the beach, and is perfect for a family stroll after dusk. Downtown Santa Cruz regales with its people-watching opportunities, restaurants with global cuisine, cool indie shops and clubs. The city's star attraction is the Beach Boardwalk, which is the only original boardwalk amusement park still in use on the West Coast. Municipal Wharf meanwhile is a great viewing point for the sea lions and pelicans. During winter, stop by Steamers Lane and watch the surfers and sea lions doing their bit to impress cheering onlookers.

Popular with tourists, the Mystery Spot is a visual illusion–based attraction that calls itself a 'gravitational anomaly' for the strange phenomena that take place here. See for yourselves and decide! A hike up to the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) will fetch you stunning bay views, redwood forests and the UCSC Arboretum. Rejuvenate at the clothing-optional family spa Kiva Retreat House, and unwind in your Santa Cruz vacation homes.

What are the best places to discover the arts and culture of Santa Cruz?

Art and Culture

For a lowdown on the surfing culture from 1885 until the present day, come visit the Surfing Museum. For families, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beckons with its native aquatic species in glass tanks, the dolphin-sighting area and terrific views of Monterey Bay after dusk.

Classic rock fans should check out the Grateful Dead Exhibit, which comprises an impressive collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the group. Jazz, bluegrass, folk, Celtic and world music enthusiasts should catch a gig at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

What are the best activities for families in Santa Cruz?

The Best Beaches Near Santa Cruz

1. Lighthouse Field State Beach: Also known as ‘dog beach,’ as it a pet-friendly area, this beach is one of California's urban area's last open headlands.

2. Natural Bridges State Beach: A fabulous place to whale watch and catch a glimpse of Monarch butterflies.

3. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: With its world-class surfing amenities and beautiful landscape, Santa Cruz Beach is a favorite with both locals and visitors.

4. Seabright State Beach: Charming, grass-covered hills and the lighthouse that make this beach an alluring place to explore.

5. Wilder Ranch State Park: With nearly 7,000 acres, 34 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian paths woven through seaside gardens and channels, the beach at this state park is a can't-miss.

What are the best nightlife spots in Santa Cruz?

Nightlife in Santa Cruz

1. The Blue Lagoon: Santa Cruz’s largest nightclub offers shows seven nights a week, including DJs and traveling bands from all over the globe.

2. Callahan's: A classic Irish-style pub great for mingling with the locals and indulging in a game of pool over tasty pints.

3. Brady's Yacht Club: This spot advertises itself as a trusted neighborhood dive bar where you can have exotic drinks.

4. Moe's Alley: Enjoy its spacious music hall, full bar, patio, and fabulous live performances.

5. The Redroom: The Red Restaurant and Bar is an elegant nightspot ideal for late-night dining.

Where are the unique attractions in Santa Cruz?

Excursion Destinations

The kids will love the Delaveaga Disk Golf Course, which offers free entry and superb views. Next is the oldest state park in California, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Año Nuevo State Park is home to one of the highest populations of elephant seals. The Natural Bridges State Beach thrills with its monarch butterflies and windsurfing opportunities, while the heavily-forested Henry Cowell State Park boasts the San Lorenzo River that flows through it.

Watersports enthusiasts should definitely indulge in some surfing, sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding in Santa Cruz. Mountain biking is a popular activity in the Santa Cruz mountains — note that some inclines can get steep.

What are the best events and festivals in Santa Cruz?

Regular Events

The Santa Cruz Blues Festival in May attracts crowds from all over the state for its impressive lineup. Every fall, artists open their studios for a few weeks to the general public as part of the 'Open Studios Art Tour'.

Discover all aspects of surf culture at the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival held each September. Every Sunday, all year round, salsa enthusiasts dance up a storm at the boardwalk with Salsa By The Sea.

It is easy to see how Santa Cruz welcomes those of all tastes and sensibilities. Book your Santa Cruz vacation rental and gear up for a fun vacation.

What are the must-see attractions in Santa Cruz?

Creating Memories in Santa Cruz

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

Overlooking the ocean, this hyper-modern building houses an exciting interactive marine animal sanctuary. Exploring the exhibits and marine inhabitants is rewarding for the whole family.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Make friends with a shark, learn about what scientists do, and enjoy views of the famous Monterey Bay at this center which is part of the University of California.

Mystery Spot

A supposed gravitational anomaly, this area has seen strange things happening ever since there have been people to observe them. Visit for quirky visual illusions and lots of fun.

Santa Cruz Wharf

Head to this lively wharf for great shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It's also the starting point for various water sports and boat tours.

Natural Bridges State Beach

Monarch butterflies flood this stunning beach from the end of October until January. It's a natural wonder that the family won't forget in a hurry.

Information about vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

🏡 Vacation rentals available 947 rentals
💳 Possible discounts up to 49%
🌙 Nightly prices starting at $124
⭐ Popular amenities Pets allowed, Pool and Hot tub
🐾 Pet friendly homes 119 homes
🏊 Vacation rentals with pools 388 homes

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical nightly price for a vacation home in Santa Cruz?

The price of a night's stay in Santa Cruz starts at $124. If you would like to stay in a house rental, the average price is $816 per night. A bed and breakfast rental Santa Cruz will cost on average $444 per night.

How many vacation homes are available for booking in Santa Cruz?

Currently there are 947 vacation homes to choose from for your vacation.

What amenities are most popular for vacation homes in Santa Cruz?

Most travelers look for Pool, Pets allowed, and Hot tub when booking a vacation rental in Santa Cruz.

How many vacation homes with pools are there in Santa Cruz?

Choose from 388 vacation rentals available in Santa Cruz for renting.

Are pets allowed in vacation rentals in Santa Cruz?

Finding a vacation rental in Santa Cruz that allows pets is possible, with 119 pet-friendly available.

What's the best time of year to travel to Santa Cruz?

When booking a vacation home in Santa Cruz, keep in mind that rainy season is usually in March or December, with June often being the driest.

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