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Blacks Beach Retreat,Wi-Fi, near Harbor & Steps to Twin Lakes Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Contemporary home that steps to the private end of Twin Lakes Beach. Blacks Beach has great swimming, surfing and skim boarding. Walk to the Harbor, Crow's Nest, Como di Lago, The kind Grind Coffee Shop and other great spots. Bike rentals available. Our house is fully equipped for your enjoyment. luxury towels, linens and down quilts. There are two master bedrooms (California king & two extra long twin beds) with full baths upstairs and balconies that have ocean view. There is a queen sofa bed downstairs with a half bath. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is indoor dining room seating for four and outdoor seating.

A warm outdoor shower is located on the side yard and there is a tropical secluded patio in the backyard with gas BBQ, dining table and chairs. Skim boards, boogie boards and beach toys are provided. This home is perfect for two couples or a family. (2-6 occupancy). We will accept pets upon approval but there is an additional fee. Parties and Weddings are not allowed.

Keywords: House, Beach, Surfing, Vacation, Santa Cruz

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Laurie

We are a family of four that love the ocean, Boardwalk, Wharf, Surfing and everything about Santa Cruz.

Laurie purchased this house in 1996

Why Laurie chose Central Coast

We bought this property so our sons could participate in the Junior Lifeguard Program which is run on Twin Lakes Beach and for a family get away. We have spent many Summers and vacations here and really enjoy the location.

What makes this house unique

Live like a local on this quiet residential street that is steps to the beach, local farmers market and many unique restaurants. Relax in our private backyard patio while listening to the waves and sea life.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The perfect beach house! Whether you use the beach...or visit your kids at UCSC...Dee-light-ful!!!
Nov 2007
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Parties and weddings are not allowed.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , California King
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Extra long Twin Beds
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Sofa Sleeper in Living Room
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), (1) Portable Crib, (1) Queen size sofa sleeper
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Blacks Beach Retreat,Wi-Fi, near Harbor & Steps to Twin Lakes Beach!
average rating of 4.927536 based on 74 reviews
Los Angeles, CA

Perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

We travelled to Santa Cruz for son's graduation from UC Santa Cruz. This property is fantastic. We had my school-age children and their half-sister, a toddler. The house is clean, well-equipped, well-appointed and spacious. The little yard is fabulous for kids. The beach was wonderful and we appreciated the beach toys and towels. My son was able to join us for dinner and we wee able to accommodate him as if it were home. We so appreciate this place and look forward to coming back in the future just for a vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Location

  • 4 of 5

The Black's Beach Retreat is in an excellent location. My husband and I and our two adult children thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were a short walk to the beach and restaurants. We spent many late afternoons enjoying the half price appetizers at the Crow's Nest. We walked to the Farmer's Market on Sunday morning and stocked up on fresh fruit and veggies for the week. The deli on the corner has fabulous fresh baked rolls. It was perfect for the four of us. There are two bedrooms and both have a full bathroom attached. There are beach chairs, beach towels, a wagon, boogie boards, a skim board, and wet suits in the garage. I gave it four stars instead of 5 because I had a hard time sleeping on the bed in the master. I ended up on the floor or the couch most nights, but it was a small price to pay for a fabulous week.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A good casual place to stay

  • 4 of 5

The home was steps to a beautiful beach (especially beautiful in the mornings when it was empty). There was some partying going on at night due to it being on the beach access road so if you are desiring a super quiet retreat this might not be ideal. It had plenty of seating for gatherings and the back patio was a pleasant hang-out. It was great to know our dogs were safely enclosed. Not sure how to use the downstairs sofa bed since the large coffee table was heavy and there was no place to move it to--we simply didn't open it and our amiable guest slept on top of it. I found the bed and pillows to be quite comfortable. Enjoyed the outdoor hot shower and handy washer/dryer. The plethora of beach towels was nice. Our 11 year-old guest made use of a boogie board and wet suit. Overall I would recommend this as a good place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely house, not too big, not too small, and close to the beach.

  • 4 of 5

If you're a couple interested in staying half a block from the beaches of Santa Cruz, and have the privacy to be able to relax, and do your own cooking, then this house may be just the place. The weather in May was just perfect, and the beaches and redwood forests as scenic as they come. But be prepared for lots of traffic driving around town and into the nearly mountains. As far as the house, we found it comfortable, no real view to speak of, and the bed somewhat soft. Otherwise, it served our needs for a nice quiet vacation quite well.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay here and we will def be back. Beautiful location on a quiet street and steps to the beach...doesn't get better.

We had family over for a little wine and cheese and sat outside enjoying the patio. The weather was perfect and in the mornings we walked down the beach (low tide) to the Crow's Nest for breakfast.

Looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love this house!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this wonderful house for five years in a row at Christmas and then waited to long too book and weren't able to book for the next year. We tried a couple of other dog-friendly places that were appropriately sized for a party of two plus one pooch and were disappointed. So glad we returned to this delightful retreat. The house is always spotless and well appointed with everything you need. Recent updates include hardwood floors on the stairs and second floor and new slipcovers on the living room sofa and chair. The beach is accessed through a pedestrian only gateway and is literally two minutes from the front door. The bodega at the corner of 14th Ave. and E. Cliff Dr. has gone Italian! So that's a three minute walk for kitchen basics, panini, and deli treats. Don't forget to book a dinner at La Posta on Seabright for top notch farm to fork fare with stellar service.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Crow's Nest Restaurant
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pasatiempo or Seascape
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 17 & Hwy 1
Nearest Point of Interest
Crow's Nest Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Car: necessary

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Capitola Village, Downtown Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Wharf are a five minute drive. San Jose Airport, Carmel and Monterey are a 40 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

One week minimum during the Summer months, Holidays are at Peak (Summer) rates, call for off season monthly rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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