Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals

Our Favorite Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

  • Walk to Beach & 41st Ave! 3BR
     3br Home/Apartment
    RedAwning
    From
    $650
  • Hitching Post Studios Inn
    Okay31br 2-star Home/Apartment
    Booking.com
    From
    $75
  • Vibrant home with breathtaking views & convenient location!
    Excellent2br Home/Apartment
    HolidayLettings
    From
    $301
  • Beachfront 2BR/2BA w/ Pool & 180-Degree Bay View
     2br Home/Apartment
    RedAwning
    From
    $538
  • Townsend Home Home
     Country House
    Booking.com
    From
    $424
  • Nicely's ~ Historic Victorian Flat
    ExcellentHome/Apartment
    HolidayLettings
    From
    $297
  • Garden Getaway – Walk to Hidden Beach
     3br Home/Apartment
    RedAwning
    From
    $695
  • Ocean Front Getaway in La Selva Beach
     Country House
    Booking.com
    From
    $299

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Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals with a Pool

  • Beautiful and Convenient 1 Bedroom Condo
     Home/Apartment
    Airbnb
    From
    $122
  • ♛ 5,700 sq. Luxury Villa, Oceanview, Infinity Pool
    Excellent5br Home/Apartment
    Airbnb
    From
    $1,633

Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals with Wi-Fi

  • Private Seabright Garden Apartment
    ExcellentHome/Apartment
    Airbnb
    From
    $137
  • Garden Cottage in the Heart of SC!
    ExcellentHome/Apartment
    Airbnb
    From
    $141
  • Santa Cruz, Sanctuary w/ hot tub in bamboo garden
    ExcellentHome/Apartment
    Airbnb
    From
    $242
  • Sunny Cottage + Hot Tub near UCSC
    Excellent2br Home/Apartment
    Airbnb
    From
    $266

Santa Cruz Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

  • Scotts Valley Lil Studio
     -1br Studio
    HolidayLettings
    From
    $157
  • Amazing New House in the Santa Cruz Redwoods.
    Nice2br Home/Apartment
    HolidayLettings
    From
    $503
  • Modern Aptos Home - 2mi to Rio Del Mar Beach!
     3br Home/Apartment
    HolidayLettings
    From
    $665
  • Secluded, dog-friendly mountain cabin w/jungle gym, deck, outdoor firepit & more
     2br Home/Apartment
    HolidayLettings
    From
    $287

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 April and July, when temperatures reach 103 ˚F. The coolest month is December, when temperatures drop to 31 ˚F. The wettest month in Santa Cruz is January with 11.59 inches of rain, while the driest month is September with 0.78 inches of rain.

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Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Find the perfect rental for your vacation at AllTheRooms.com. We aggregate Airbnb, Priceline, Agoda and others. Santa Cruz has 2,036 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit careful travellers, luxury travelers and everything in between. A vacation in Santa Cruz can be affordable - the lowest price rental is available at $10 a night. The average price of a rental is $235 per night.

If you need an internet connection during your time in Santa Cruz, then you can choose from over 937 places to stay that have WiFi internet. 95 of our accommodations include a breakfast in the price. Choose from 29 places to stay that provide gym facilities, so you won't miss a single workout. If you are driving to Santa Cruz, you'll want to pick from 878 places to stay that provide parking. We have 75 hotels and vacation rentals that have a pool or jacuzzi.

Those traveling with a dog, cat or some other animal can stay in any of 173 accommodations that are designated as pet-friendly.

In Santa Cruz AllTheRooms currently aggregates hotels, vacation rentals, hostels from more than 6 providers, including 895 places to stay from Airbnb, 21 accommodations from Priceline and 21 places to stay from Agoda.

1,409 of our places to stay in Santa Cruz have been rated by previous guests. They rated 72% as great. 500 places to stay in are instantly bookable.

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