Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals

Our Favorite Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

  • Santa Cruz Surfrider Villa
  • NEW-Santa Cruz Home w/Large Yard, 1.5 Mi to Coast!
     2br Cottage
  • Hitching Post Studios Inn
    Okay31br 2-star Home/Apartment
  • Adorable studio w/ shared hot tub! Only 5 blocks to beach & 1 mile to boardwalk!
     -1br Home/Apartment
  • Magical Oasis
     Country House
  • European-style house w/ocean views, private hot tub, & location near the beach!
     3br Home/Apartment
  • 4465 Portola Dr House Home
     Country House
  • Lovely West Cliff home ideal for your next beach vacation!
     3br Home/Apartment

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Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals with a Pool

  • Spectacular City and Ocean View Apt
  • ♛ 5,700 sq. Luxury Villa, Oceanview, Infinity Pool
     5br Home/Apartment

Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals with Wi-Fi

  • Private Seabright Garden Apartment
  • Sunny Cottage + Hot Tub near UCSC
    Excellent2br Home/Apartment
  • Downtown Santa Cruz Walk Up
  • Cosy apartment! For business or leisure traveler!

Santa Cruz Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

  • Blacks Beach Retreat, WiFi, Twin Lakes Beach
    Excellent2br Home/Apartment
  • Scotts Valley Lil Studio
     -1br Studio
  • Deer, Green Private Meadow, Fluffy Clouds, Immaculate 1-level Ben Lomond Home,
    Excellent3br Home/Apartment
  • Secluded, dog-friendly mountain cabin w/jungle gym, deck, outdoor firepit & more
     2br Home/Apartment

Santa Cruz Travel Guide

Santa Cruz is an iconic Californian vacation destination, with a bustling boardwalk and home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. From thrill rides and surfing to sunbathing on the beach and watching the sunset, Santa Cruz is somewhere special. Downtown also has lots of shopping opportunities for some retail therapy, including Pacific Garden Mall. Foodies will love the dining options in Santa Cruz too. There is everything from artisan ice cream shops to al fresco dining with a view. In particular, seafood is beloved in Santa Cruz.

Things to Do in Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a must when in the city. Always a fun atmosphere, there are arcades, mini golf, and rides; pretty much something for everyone to enjoy. In particular the Giant Dipper is a famous thrill ride but the Looff Carousel offers a more relaxed experience for those who don't love adrenaline. At the Santa Cruz Wharf, vacationers can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, as well as visit the lounging sea lions. In addition, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a fascinating way to spend the afternoon. And the seaside Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is a crowd favorite as it addresses the history of Santa Cruz's favorite sport. Of course, visitors that want to relax can hang out on the golden sandy beaches in Santa Cruz, as well as enjoy a range of water sports. For surfing, head to the Steamer Line.

Best Time to Visit Santa Cruz

The summer in Santa Cruz is popular. For less crowds and cheaper accommodation, head to Santa Cruz in September to November.

A Local's Guide to Santa Cruz

A Santa Cruz vacation rental is the perfect place to make your home away from home during your getaway. The Californian city is the largest city of Santa Cruz County and has around 63,000 residents. It sits on the northern edge of Monterey Bay and is 32 miles south of San Jose and 75 miles south of San Francisco. Santa Cruz is known for its coastline, redwood forests and natural environment.

Santa Cruz CA is a great location for families, friends, couples and solo travelers alike. Meaning “Holy Cross” in Spanish, the city has been a beach resort since the late 19th century when families first started flocking here. There are 14 state parks, museums, vineyards and wineries, hiking and plenty of activities for all the family in the city. Visit some of the sights like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Wharf and the Roaring Camp Railroads.

Check into a vacation home and get straight out into the sights of Santa Cruz!

Thrill-seekers can check out the rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. From the Giant Dipper to the child-friendly Bulgy the Whale, there’s a ride for everyone.

The 125ft high Double Shot lets brave visitors check out the incredible ocean view while the Cliff Hanger ride simulates the feeling of flying over the boardwalk and beach by laying in a hanglider. For smaller children, there are age-appropriate rides that are exciting without being scary. Carousels, buggies and speed boats give smaller visitors the chance to enjoy the amusements safely. There’s also lots of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques and souvenir shops to visit while at the boardwalk.

To get away from the adrenaline-fuelled rides and back to nature, head to Pleasure Point for the natural, unspoilt beauty of Santa Cruz. This protected place in Santa Cruz County is a world-renowned surf location and the surfing culture can be seen influencing everything in Santa Cruz.

Golfers can also take in the beautiful scenery at a slower pace by playing a round on one of the many golf courses. Play from sunrise to sunset in the mild weather yea-round, whether you're a pro, semi pro or beginner, you can find a course to suit you. Courses like Boulder Creek, set among the Redwoods, also offer hiking, tennis and swimming on site.

Whether a family reunion, holiday getaway or just a two week vacation, there are lots of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz that come fully furnished, with optional extras like hot tubs and are even pet friendly. Some beach houses come with ocean views to treat guests to sunrises over the water every day of the trip.

The fall is often the warmest time of the year for Santa Cruz and there is mild weather around the year which is typical of the type of warm summer Mediterranean climate.

Nearby Monterey Bay often brings in fog and overcast conditions in the early hours and morning. Choose a house rental in Santa Cruz for between September and November as the bulk of the summer tourism is over and there are fewer lines.

Price and Availability in Santa Cruz

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The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Santa Cruz tends to be Tuesday, while the most expensive day tends to be Friday. Vacation homes in Santa Cruz tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.
The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Cruz is in July, while the cheapest month is in May. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Santa Cruz is in the high season in July. Santa Cruz has its low season in January, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The Weather in Santa Cruz

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Santa Cruz. The warmest months in Santa Cruz are June and April, when temperatures reach 97 ˚F. The coolest month is November, when temperatures drop to 32 ˚F. The wettest month in Santa Cruz is October with 7.15 inches of rain, while the driest month is August with 0.03 inches of rain.

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Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Choose the perfect rental for your vacation at We aggregate Airbnb, Agoda, Priceline and many more. Santa Cruz has 2,268 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit careful travellers, extravagant travelers and everything in between. A vacation in Santa Cruz can be affordable - the cheapest price vacation rental is available at $10 per night. The average price of a vacation rental is $244 per night.

If you want to stay connected during your vacation, then you can choose from over 941 accommodations in Santa Cruz that have WiFi. 101 of our accommodations come with breakfast in the price. Fitness fanatics can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 27 accommodations that have gym facilities. If you're planning on getting to Santa Cruz by car, be sure to choose from 868 accommodations that provide parking. We have 69 places to stay that have a pool or jacuzzi.

If you're traveling with a furry friend, then be sure to choose one of the 182 pet-friendly accommodations available.

We aggregate vacation rentals, hotels and other bespoke accommodation types from loads of providers in Santa Cruz, including 927 places to stay from Airbnb, 21 accommodations from Agoda and 20 places to stay from Priceline

1,467 accommodations in Santa Cruz have been reviewed; 71% are rated excellent or good. 515 places to stay in are instantly bookable.

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