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Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Private Beach House with amazing views of Shwann Lagoon and Twin Lakes Beach
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an onsite playground. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ...
5/5 Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Great location for Santa Cruz Beaches and Boardwalk
"Clean, plenty of room, easy check in/out process, nice scenery and great location being walking distance from several beaches and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Complete Comfort Sanctuary in Santa Cruz Mountains-Private BDRM
The price is $85 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this vacation home in Santa Cruz. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Felton ...
3/5 (3 reviews)
Unbearable
"Long 20 minute dangerous hairpin trip up narrow road, no cell service, no lock on door to keep strangers out of room, a mist shower that took 15 minutes to wet hair until it shut off mid shower--had to fill coffee cup in sink to get soap out of eyes, water cooler with no water and a sign to fill ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Aloha Beach Cottage - Modern, Quiet & Cozy     NOTE * ONLY SLEEPS 2 (3 max!!)
Stay at this cottage in Santa Cruz. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Pleasure Point Park are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (37 reviews)
nice neighborhood near pleasure point
"Nice small cottage near the beach. Easy access and semi-private. My only negative point is the bed/couch, it is not very comfortable and squeaks a lot."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

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Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor BEACH Cottage located 2 blocks from TWIN LAKES BEACH
Stay at this cottage in Santa Cruz. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (215 reviews)
"Perfect location. Adorable space."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

Adorable Studio w/ Shared Hot Tub - Only 5 Blocks to Beach & 1 Mile to Boardwalk
The price is $127 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this apartment in Santa Cruz. Enjoy a spa tub, a patio, and an in-room coffeemaker. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (38 reviews)
Guest house in Santa Cruz
"The property was exactly what we were looking for. We did not spend much time at the property except. There is a fire pit and hot tub, great for relaxing."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2022

The Midtown Cabana- w/ Private Entrance and Views
The price is $133 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this cottage in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Ocean Street are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Loved the ravine view and singing birds."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2022

Adorable & Airy Updated Beach Cottage w/ Patio, New Kitchen & Bathroom
The price is $386 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21
Stay at this cottage in Santa Cruz. Enjoy onsite parking, a patio, and a TV. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 38th Avenue Beach Access are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (17 reviews)
Great location-
"The house was small and no yard to speak of but was within walking distance to the beach for surfing and bike riding. House was well stocked but maybe needed some additional salad bowls and a pancake griddle. Bathroom well stocked , beach chairs and laundry were included. Compared to some of the ..."

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Fireside in Cozy Pleasure Point
The price is $1,000 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 38th ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (15 reviews)
Perfect retreat!
"Excellent house for three young families to spend a weekend. The back yard alone was worth it."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Charming Twin Lakes Beach Cottage
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Twin ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Adorable Cottage
"This is such a charming little cottage! Great location, we were able to walk so many places! It was a bit of a tight squeeze for 3 adults but would be perfect for a couple. There are lots of outdoor spaces too, I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Beautiful View...and 5 Houses from Boardwalk!
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, an in-room DVD player, and barbecue grills. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (169 reviews)
Great rental
"Super convenient location and nice house. We walked everywhere😊"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

Hyatt Place Santa Cruz

3 out of 5
407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
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Casablanca On The Beach

Casablanca On The Beach

3.5 out of 5
101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
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Choosing the perfect Santa Cruz (and vicinity) rental

Book a vacation rental instead of a hotel, where you can live like a local at a private residence. There are 2 vacation rentals in Santa Cruz (and vicinity) available on Expedia.com.

Shoppers, foodies, and sports fans are in for a treat, while all visitors will find something at this walkable beach destination to delight in. Families are sure to enjoy popular activities like biking, hiking, and surfing—and local attractions will impress, the concerts in particular. Adults might be up for going dancing.

Dining in Santa Cruz (and vicinity)

Santa Cruz (and vicinity) is unique for its cafés. Most vacation rentals come with full-size kitchens, so eating in is always an option, too.

Sightseeing around Santa Cruz (and vicinity)

Some of the top sights in Santa Cruz (and vicinity) include Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Ready for some fun for the whole family? Check out Roaring Camp Railroads and Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory. It's easy to spend your day (or days) basking in the sun at Natural Bridges State Park, Four Mile Beach, or Davenport Landing Beach. At Pacific Garden Mall or Capitola Mercantile, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Outdoorsy visitors will appreciate a stroll through parks and green spaces like Felton Covered Bridge Park and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Booking your rental on Expedia

With Expedia, it's safe and easy to book vacation rentals in Santa Cruz (and vicinity). We can even help you contact the property owner to make special arrangements. With the convenience of your short-term rental, you're sure to have a memorable time.

Frequently asked questions

Can I find a vacation rental in Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can find vacation rentals in Santa Cruz close to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, or you can select a secluded option if you're looking for a relaxing stay. Visitors to Santa Cruz like the scenic seaside and entertainment choices this destination is known for. Make sure you have time to check out the sporting events while you're in the area.

What are some of the best vacation home rentals in Santa Cruz?

Beautiful View...and 5 Houses from Boardwalk!: Visitors like this Santa Cruz vacation home rental. It is located in the city center and has a fireplace, a balcony, and a barbecue grill to put you at ease in your new surroundings. It has 3 bedrooms as well as a kitchen with a dishwasher, a fridge, and a stovetop, so you can cook with friends or family. Some other top choices in Santa Cruz are Private Beach House with amazing views of Shwann Lagoon and Twin Lakes Beach and Complete Comfort Sanctuary in Santa Cruz Mountains-Private BDRM.

How many vacation rentals are there in Santa Cruz?

With 218 Expedia vacation rentals, you're sure to find just the right place for your Santa Cruz stay.

What’s there to see and do in Santa Cruz?

Family-friendly attractions include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, whereas Monterey Bay and Main Beach are a couple of great spots to enjoy the outdoors. While here, Ocean Street and Mission Santa Cruz are other places worth a visit.

What’s a vacation rental in Santa Cruz like?

Vacation rentals are private accommodations you can reserve for several days or longer in Santa Cruz. Vacation rentals offer extras such as hot tubs, fire pits, and patios so your stay will be comfortable. If you're concerned about a clean environment, a vacation rental can provide a sense of seclusion away from shared hotel elevators and bustling concierge desks while still allowing you a great travel experience. You'll also find more space in a vacation rental than in a standard hotel, which makes a vacation rental a popular choice for small groups.

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