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Tiny Beach House!!!!
The price is $150 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Rio Del Mar Beach and Monterey Bay. Seacliff State Beach and The Forest of Nisene ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Sweet and Tiny
"We were celebrating my sister’s birthday and wanted To get away and a stay where we can talk and see nature. The stay was excellent , we were able to walk down to the creek and enjoy the scenery. The place is so cute but has everything that is needed. Thank you for a me memorable birthday for my ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Tiny Beach House!!!!
Romantic RiverView Studio Wifi Courtyard GasFirePit PatioLights 15Min>Santa Cruz
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Felton Covered Bridge Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and Roaring Camp Railroads. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Ben Lomand studio
"I stayed in this studio for almost two weeks while evacuated from my home due to fires. Altho' it is directly on the highway, the house is well insulated and quieter than you would think. It was very well set up for an extended stay, with a complete kitchen and comfortable bed. The owners were very ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

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Romantic RiverView Studio Wifi Courtyard GasFirePit PatioLights 15Min>Santa Cruz
Quiet Retreat Nestled in the Redwood Forests
Located in the heart of Ben Lomond, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Felton Covered Bridge Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and Roaring ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
A gem in the woods!!!
"Absolutely thrilled to have found this place!! It is a gem. This quiet retreat in the woods was exactly what my husband and I needed. It had no other houses or people in sight. We could barely hear the road noise (very little to none). And having little to no cell reception was a huge plus for us! ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

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Quiet Retreat Nestled in the Redwood Forests
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Iconic oceanfront Venetian Court, located in the heart of Capitola Village!
Situated in Capitola, this apartment building is steps from Capitola Beach, Capitola Wharf, and Capitola Mercantile. Hooper Beach and Monterey Bay are also within ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Amazing location
"My fiancé and I loved this property and can’t wait to come back! We loved being able to park our car and leave it all weekend and walk everywhere. I highly recommend staying here!!"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

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Iconic oceanfront Venetian Court, located in the heart of Capitola Village!
Ocean view studio in Capitola Village - Location!
Situated in Capitola, this apartment building is steps from Esplanade Park Beach, Capitola Beach, and Monterey Bay. Capitola Mercantile and Capitola Historical ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Beach stay
"Location was wonderful, easy access to beach and downtown!"

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

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Ocean view studio in Capitola Village - Location!
Two bedroom cottage just blocks from the beach in Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz!
Located in Eastside Santa Cruz, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Pleasure Point Park and Monterey Bay. Capitola Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Wonderful stay for whole family in great location
"Our whole family loved it here! With a dog and a young child, we usually do entire home rentals like this, and this was one of the best managed properties we've stayed at. Everything you need without it being cluttered. Very clean, accurate listing. Wonderful location with 2 min walk to the ocean. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

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Two bedroom cottage just blocks from the beach in Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz!
Newly Remodeled, Family Friendly, Village Apartment Seconds From The Beach
Nestled on the beach, this Capitola apartment building is just steps from Esplanade Park Beach and Capitola Beach. Monterey Bay is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (78 reviews)
Great Location
"Solid place in the best of locations. 2nd time here and we’ll be back."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

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Newly Remodeled, Family Friendly, Village Apartment Seconds From The Beach
Relax and unwind minutes from the beach
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Seacliff State Beach and Monterey Bay. Rio Del Mar Beach and The Forest of Nisene ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Privacy and near perfection
"This property reminds me of a Hana house, set in the back of the owner’s home. Private entrance, deck and yard. The decor is lovely as well as the host, it’s nice having her close by. Coffee and snacks provided and dogs welcome! Short walk to the beach and shopping. An amazing getaway."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

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Relax and unwind minutes from the beach
This one Bedroom Unit is Located Just Blocks From Pleasure Point!
Located in Eastside Santa Cruz, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Pleasure Point Park and Monterey Bay. Capitola Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Cute little beach house with awesome location
"Check in was very easy and location is great - two blocks from ocean/surfing. This was the second time we rented this place, ideal for a weekend getaway for a couple."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

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This one Bedroom Unit is Located Just Blocks From Pleasure Point!
Adorable Studio w/ Shared hot Tub! Only 5 Blocks to Beach & 1 Mile to Boardwalk!
The price is $100 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Swift Street Courtyard and Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is ...
4.1/5Very Good! (30 reviews)
Very nice and romantic.
"Beautiful"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Adorable Studio w/ Shared hot Tub! Only 5 Blocks to Beach & 1 Mile to Boardwalk!
Ocean view studio in Capitola Village - Location!
Situated in Capitola, this apartment building is steps from Esplanade Park Beach, Capitola Beach, and Monterey Bay. Capitola Mercantile and Capitola Historical ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Amazing location!
"Super cute and clean studio! It was larger than I was expecting and very comfortable for me, my husband and two small children. We would definitely consider staying here again!"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

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Ocean view studio in Capitola Village - Location!
Seabright Serenity... walk to cafes, play at the Boardwalk, stroll on the beach!
Located in Eastside Santa Cruz, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Seabright Beach, Twin Lakes State Beach, and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Great proximity to the beach and restaurants
"This first-floor apartment was clean and bright, and easy walking distance to the beach and neighborhood shops and restaurants, and even the harbor."

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

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Seabright Serenity... walk to cafes, play at the Boardwalk, stroll on the beach!
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Casablanca On The Beach

Casablanca On The Beach

3.5 out of 5
101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $189 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
3.8/5Good! (156 reviews)
"Great location. Quiet."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Casablanca On The Beach
Dream Inn Santa Cruz

Dream Inn Santa Cruz

4 out of 5
175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $248 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
4.6/5Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Every room is ocean view"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz, an IHG Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz, an IHG Hotel

2.5 out of 5
1410 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is $132 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
4.1/5Very Good! (961 reviews)
"Everything about the place is great, except the parking garage. The parking spaces are very small, next time we go we are definitely going to take a smaller car. A truck is definitely not ideal to take and try to park, especially when the parking garage is packed. Other than that we had a great time ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz, an IHG Hotel
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Staying in an Apartment in Santa Cruz

There are 209 accommodation choices in Santa Cruz, including a selection of apartments. Why not make time for the entertainment choices and scenic seaside in this walkable area? Mystery Spot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are popular places to visit.

How do you know if an apartment is the best choice for your stay? Apartments are great for families looking for the conveniences of home, and also for solo travelers who want to stay in a quieter area.

Below are some of the top Santa Cruz apartments you can choose from:

Tranquil Getaway Close To Santa Cruz:

  • In Scotts Valley
  • Includes a balcony, a fireplace, and a dining area

Exquisite Country Retreat Private Entry:

  • A fireplace included
  • Located in Santa Cruz

Down Town Santa Cruz Romantic Getaway and Pet Friendly!:

  • Neighborhood: Westside Santa Cruz
  • Includes a dining area

Cedar Cottage in Pleasure Point:

  • A living room, a sofa bed, and a flat-screen TV included
  • Located in Eastside Santa Cruz neighborhood

Newly Remodeled, Family Friendly, Village Apartment Seconds From The Beach:

  • In Capitola
  • Includes a balcony, a washer/dryer, and a living room
  • Access to a spa tub on site

When is the Best Time to Visit Santa Cruz?

Though weather is just one consideration, it can have an impact on your travel plans, especially if you're planning for a longer stay. Since apartments often have stricter cancellation policies, it might be good to familiarize yourself with these weather averages before booking.

  • The hottest months are typically August and September, while December and January are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 69° F and nighttime temperatures average 36° F
  • April-June: 84° F is the daytime average and 41° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 86° F and nighttime averages are around 47° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 82° F during the day and 36° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 49.92 inches in a year

What to Do in Santa Cruz

Visitors to Santa Cruz speak highly of its seaside and great entertainment. Cultural attractions include Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, whereas Main Beach and Natural Bridges State Park are a couple of picturesque spots to enjoy the outdoors. You can also visit some other popular places in town including Mystery Spot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Santa Cruz is also known for:
  • Sports
  • Surfing
  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Bird watching

How to Get to Santa Cruz and Around the Area

Fly into Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), which is located 19.3 mi (31 km) from the city center. Otherwise, you can search for flights to San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), which is 22.7 mi (36.5 km) away. If you'd like to explore around the area, you may want to rent a car for your trip.

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