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Castle Beach Retreat - Relax at the Best Beach in Santa Cruz

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Seabright House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

Castle Beach Retreat offers an exciting 'spa like' atmosphere that is unmatched by other beach rentals. It is perfect for extend family reunions and retreats.

Castle Beach Retreat is a 2-story, 3000sq ft home directly across from one of the best beaches in Santa Cruz - Seabright Beach. Full-length windows overlook the beach and Santa Cruz Pier - allowing you to watch the sunset while barbecuing on the spacious balcony or lie in bed listening to the waves.

Seabright State Beach, known to locals as Castle Beach, is a south-facing beach with the reputation of being the warmest, sunniest beach on the Monterey Bay. Great for families, this State Beach has restrooms, lifeguards*, and since Castle Beach Retreat sits at the beach's main entrance, there are no stairs or cliffs to negotiate. Enjoy roasting marshmallows on one of the only beaches that allows bonfires. Plus due to limited beach parking, traffic is much lighter here compared to other popular beaches.

Seabright Beach lies between the Santa Cruz Harbor and famed Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, home of the Giant Dipper roller coaster. The Boardwalk is 3 blocks over the old train bridge (the same bridge featured in the movie Lost Boys) or 1 1/2 blocks during low tide (but you might get your feet wet). The harbor is a great place to charter boats or rent paddle boards, Hobbies, kayaks, etc. It also has some great places to eat. - Our location has easy access for even families with small kids to both attractions without the hassle of the crowds or parking.

The Seabright area is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Santa Cruz. Centrally located, you are only a short walk from coffee shops, delis and great restaurants. There is also several theaters in the downtown shopping district and there are activities likes concerts, roller skating, bowling, laser tag, climbing, hiking, biking and much more just minutes away.

Castle Beach Retreat proudly maintains the highest sanitary practices, adheres to all local ordinances and is professional managed by SCBR. This added level of quality offers the VRBO guest piece of mind and the ability to call someone when needed. The Retreat was renovated in 2012. It offers a spa like setting with 4+ bedrooms/3.5 baths, including 2 master bedrooms with ocean views. There are beds for up to 11 people as well as other attractive features: We allow up to 10 adults max. We do allow an additional + 2 children or combinations of less adults and more children.

- Upstairs, the spacious grand room features an entire wall of full-length windows and sliding glass doors. They connect to the balcony and provide spectacular beach views. Our balcony is considered by many neighbors as the best in the area. There is also an outdoor gas BBQ, a dining table that seats 12, a bar that seats 6, a 65” Plasma HDTV with DirecTV/BlueRay, a gas fireplace, and exposed high beam ceilings. Castle Beach Retreat has a whole-house Sonos entertainment system

- The beautiful kitchen overlooks the grand room and ocean. It offers just about anything you are likely to need for even a Thanksgiving dinner party including: silverware, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and serving utensils. This high-end kitchen is a chef's dream with a huge 11 foot working island attached to a bar for guests. It has the latest state-of-the art Jenn-Air microwave, warming drawer, double convention oven and inductive cook top. Also supplied is a toaster, coffee maker, coffee press, rice cooker and crock pot.

- You may never want to leave the upstairs master bedroom and bath. It offers a kingsize bed, 47' HDTV, Sonos entertainment system and walk-in closet. The master bath has a huge two person, extra deep tub, it's own 47” HDTV, Sonos sound system, and Robern vanities and cabinets.

- The downstairs master bedroom is a studio suite with a kingsize bed, kitchenette/dinning area, bath, 42” HDTV with DirecTV, and fireplace

- downstairs there are also two additional bedrooms, named the O Neil Room and Meg's Room respectively, and a large entertainment room/garage named the Ducati Room, as a solute to the famous motorcycle company. The Ducati Room offers guests a new 65' plasma HDTV, SatTV receiver and Playstation 3 with BlueRay. It is perfect for the young or young at heart. The O Neil and Meg's Rooms are both connected to a “shotgun” bathroom. Meg's Room has a twin over double bunk-bed with an additional pull-out single bed. The O Neil Room has a queen-size bed.

- There is an outdoor shower with hot and cold water and a hose to rinse off the sand

Come enjoy an unbeatable beach getaway!


Because of the location and city ordinances we must limit guest to two cars maximum

Lifeguard service is seasonal

Keywords: Castle Beach Retreat

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Lou Albert
Member since: 2008
Speaks: german, dutch
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016

About Lou Albert

Lou and Sacha have rented out their beach house for years. They live in Los Gatos and use the house for themselves and their kids frequently as well. Sacha is originally from the Netherlands and works in high tech public relations. Lou is from Northern California and works in high tech sales. They love to travel and often rent other homes on VRBO for their family trips.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Castle Beach Retreat - Relax at the Best Beach in Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews

Perfect Home for Lifelong Friends

  • 5 of 5

6 of my lifelong friends from Vancouver, Seattle, North of San Fran and Denmark (in US for the year) embarked on a long weekend in Santa Cruz. The house was perfect for us with 4 bathrooms (6 ladies can be difficult to accomodate) and 4 bedrooms with additional pull out couch options, etc. This house is the perfect home away from home with its open concept and proximity to the ocean, restaurants, yoga options, etc. I would only recommend comfortably acommodating no more than 8 adults in the home, but could easily handle additional kids in the mix. It had tons of dining seating (table for 12), 3 couches around the fireplace, 8 bar stools at the bar and open kitchen. I can't say anything more positive about our stay there. I could see where parking might be an issue in busier times of the year (ie. summer/daytime) but for us it worked out fine. We had a slight issue with the programmed lighting system, but management was extremely accomodating, although I would suggest adding the fix solution to the paperwork/instruction sheets. Overall, big big thumbs up.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review. We will add the light fix to our check in instructions and do advise guests that the best set up is 8 adults and 4 kids with a maximum of 11 occupants.
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Marysville, CA

Wonderful time on the beach

  • 5 of 5

Our large family stayed in the Castle Beach House in February of 2015. It was a wonderful time and a perfect location. The house itself, was well cared for and spacious. We enjoyed all areas of the house; the kitchen was well stocked and was fun cooking all together as the men sat at the breakfast bar and visited. My favorite, other than the upstairs suite, was the large dinner table where we all sat together to eat meals. The owners were kind and helpful through the rental process. It was beyond comfortable and will try to rent this house again in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay Melany. We would love to host you again in the future.
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Woodland, CA

Perfect for our extended family

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Castle Beach Retreat for an early Thanksgiving weekend with our extended family. The space was just as advertised, with a huge open kitchen very well outfitted, a large dining table (which we extended with a portable table of our own and chairs from the downstairs dining table), and a semi-circular couch area which was great for hanging out and visiting. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful weekend. The owners were very responsive to our one and only problem (the oven wouldn't heat up) and Rich was able to fix the problem quickly. We would love to rent this place again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice review Diana. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you again in the future.
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San Francisco

Excellent House and Location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for the weekend along with 7 friends. So 8 adults in total. The amount of space is fantastic. The primary living/social space upstairs allows everyone to be in one place even if they're doing different things. And you're looking straight across to the beach and water from that main room. Then folks can retire to their own bedroom as needed. The bathrooms are also large and very nice.

The beach is literally across the street, so that is fantastic. Parking was easy when we visited in October. We didn't bring our kids, though most of us have children. This house would be great for 2-3 families (depending on how many kids) or an extended family vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice review Aaron. We are glad you had a good time and hope you will come again.
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This Place is Legit!

  • 5 of 5

I was in charge of selecting our digs for this family vacation and boy did I luck out in finding this property. Once everyone arrived, they were gasping, high-fiving, oohing and ahh'ing. The home is as advertised and modern in every way. The finishes are beautiful and there's tons of technology intended to put everything within a touch of a button (literally, from controlling the lights, tv, sound systems, etc at the ipads mounted into the walls, to the high-tech kitchen, etc) you name it. We were a bit challenged to figure it all out but once we did it was A+. Anything and everything you could want is just a short bike ride or a lovely walk away. The beach is spectacular, great fun during the day and fire pits at night for bon fires made this a super experience. Aldo's and the Crows Nest at the yacht habor is a quick stroll and the Boardwalk is close enough to be convenient but far enough away that you're not right on top of it. Every evening at about 6:00 we watched the sail boats come into the harbor - it was picturesque watching as many as 20 boats sail in at a time. Aside from a few glitches we had an amazing time. About those glitches, the first night in the master BR we couldn't figure out how to turn off the bedroom lights which made for a difficult night sleep, another time we had the sink back up. Thankfully, the property manager was responsive and he came right over. He also helped us figure out the sound system and operate the main TV, lights and volume control. The white couches in the living room have seen better days. They were very dirty - I highly suggest denim covers to conceal the dirt and grime that inevitably follow the feet from the beach. Aside from the dirty couches, the other glitches were resolved to our satisfaction. We had a wonderful time and I anticipate we'll be repeat customers. Thank you Lou and Sasha for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beach house

  • 5 of 5

This house is as advertised. Very modern technology, comfortable house with plenty of room and excellent kitchen. Great location. We would certainly return.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Peter. We are glad you enjoyed our place. Thanks for a nice review.
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Rates & Availability

Seabright House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2016/17
Nov 2 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

7 night min during Summer and some holidays. Refunds up to 60 days before your stay. After that, refunds only on a best efforts basis on renting that time.

We will send you a contract. Once we receive the signed contact and a check or Paypal payment for the deposit, you are set. Paypal payments for rent and/or deposit are also accepted now for a fee of 2.9%. Please inquire about holiday rates for Christmas, New Years Thanksgiving, Forth of July and Spring Breaks

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Seabright House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • 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 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) Part of a bunk bed (twin over double), Twin or Single Beds (3) Part of a bunk bed (twin over double), Baby Cribs (1) a fold-out crib is available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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