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Vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

Vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

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Luxury Treehouse in the Redwoods
SUPERHOST
Treehouse · 2 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Luxury Treehouse in the RedwoodsLuxury treehouse with full kitchen, bathroom and living room with gas fireplace, WiFi and TV. The treehouse is built within a grove of redwood trees on our property. The host's main house is across the driveway from the treehouse but there is no shared space. There is a private deck outside the front door perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or the evening sunset.

Cozy & Sunny 2-bedroom cottage in Seabright
SUPERHOST
Entire cottage · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath

Cozy & Sunny 2-bedroom cottage in SeabrightConveniently located in a sunny and peaceful midtown residential neighborhood an easy walk to Seabright restaurants*** , beaches, and the harbor; close to downtown. Pretty and comfortable with wood floors, a patio for dining, a great kitchen with new appliances, direct TV + Roku. Great for friends and families--can accommodate 6 if 1 person takes loft bed.

~Stairway to Tree Top Haven~
SUPERHOST
Entire apartment · 3 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

~Stairway to Tree Top Haven~Stunning Centrally located in the Redwoods, 5 min drive to Ocean, walk to Niceen Marks State park, or to Downtown Aptos and jog to the ocean. This apartment set for 3 adults-1 Queen bed and 1 full pull out sofa bed. Private entrance, Kitchen, and bath. Many windows revealing tree tops giving it a treehouse feel. The hot tub is an experience with the vast forest views. this apartment is located on the bottom floor of the main house. Private kitchen includes oven, fridge, microwave, and toaster

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  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

Other great vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

Seabright Condo
Entire townhouse
Seabright Condo
Price:GYD34,635 / night
Adventure Is Out There Felton Home
SUPERHOSTEntire guesthouse
Adventure Is Out There Felton Home
Price:GYD24,275 / night
Upper WS Home 2 mi. from UCSC, Downtown & Beaches
SUPERHOSTEntire guesthouse
Upper WS Home 2 mi. from UCSC, Downtown & Beaches
Price:GYD25,529 / night
Beach Suite- HotTub AquariumPasses E-Bikes&Surfbrd
Entire guest suite
Beach Suite- HotTub AquariumPasses E-Bikes&Surfbrd
Price:GYD43,445 / night
Darling vintage50s bungalow private quiet & garden
SUPERHOSTEntire bungalow
Darling vintage50s bungalow private quiet & garden
Price:GYD15,615 / night
Cabin at Juju Paradise:Santa Cruz Redwoods Retreat
SUPERHOSTEntire cabin
Cabin at Juju Paradise:Santa Cruz Redwoods Retreat
Price:GYD24,902 / night
Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest
PLUSEntire guesthouse
Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest
Price:GYD22,065 / night
Country Garden Private Guest Suite (Dog friendly)
SUPERHOSTPrivate room
Country Garden Private Guest Suite (Dog friendly)
Price:GYD14,631 / night
Sunny redwood forest cottage
SUPERHOSTEntire cottage
Sunny redwood forest cottage
Price:GYD40,757 / night
Santa Cruz, Near Beaches, Private, Quiet & Sweet!
Entire guesthouse
Santa Cruz, Near Beaches, Private, Quiet & Sweet!
Price:GYD21,946 / night
Juju Town: A Santa Cruz Redwoods Retreat
SUPERHOSTEntire guesthouse
Juju Town: A Santa Cruz Redwoods Retreat
Price:GYD25,142 / night
Santa Cruz Mtns. Dragonfly Cottage
SUPERHOSTEntire cabin
Santa Cruz Mtns. Dragonfly Cottage
Price:GYD34,725 / night

All About Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town, where the waves are big, the vibe is laid-back, and every third person has a surfboard hanging out of their jeep. Here you'll find a treasure trove of funky thrift shops side by side with locavore restaurants that source their ingredients from nearby farms. The infamous Santa Cruz Beach, just a stone's throw away from downtown, is known for its vintage boardwalk and surf culture (the modern wetsuit was invented here). Venture inland to the Santa Cruz Mountains and you'll be greeted by nearly 2,000-year-old redwood trees and a handful of California’s most forward-thinking wineries. And there's no shortage of unique rentals to call home for your stay, from leafy beach bungalows on Laurel Street to relaxing Spanish revival abodes lining Soquel Avenue and the Victorian homes of Beach Hill.

Getting There

Santa Cruz is located 75 miles south of San Francisco in Santa Cruz County. The nearest major airport is San Jose International Airport (SJC), 30 miles north. The fastest and most direct way to reach Santa Cruz from there is to rent a car and drive. An airport shuttle is the next best option, followed by the Santa Cruz Metro bus service, which connects the airport to Santa Cruz through a somewhat complicated route. Alternatively you can fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and rent a car. It's a wise choice to have a rental car for your trip if you plan to take advantage of the area's state parks and visit neighboring towns like Aptos.

Weather

June through August are the warmest and driest months in Santa Cruz, coinciding with peak travel season. Something to keep in mind: A coastal California phenomenon known as June gloom means that fog is known to creep in during early summer, potentially impacting your beach-going plans. Late summer tends to be more reliable for sunny days, and fall is actually one of the best times of year for cloudless skies, pleasant weather, and fewer crowds; October still maintains high temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit. January and February are the wettest and coldest months, with just over 6 inches of average rainfall and an average low of 42 degrees.

Don't Miss

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has attracted visitors for more than a century and is one of only two existing coastal amusement parks on the West Coast. This outdoor stretch boasts roller coasters, concession stands, and dozens of carnival games, all set against the backdrop of the dazzling ocean.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Save a day for a trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, four miles north of town. A 40-acre grove of sky-scraping old-growth redwood trees is the main draw, but the trails expand into other habitats including grassland, rivers, and sand hills. You can explore it via hiking trails, bike, or horseback.

Capitola

This cheery seaport village in Santa Cruz County is worth a visit for its unique Easter egg-colored cottages and seafood restaurants. Shops and galleries sell crafts and artwork by local artists, and the beach is perfectly positioned for a sunset stroll.

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