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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

Castle Beach Retreat (Santa Cruz City Tax No. 449-954) offers a wonderful 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. This added level of quality offers the VRBO guest piece of mind and the ability to call someone when needed. The Retreat offers a beautiful 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!


To maintain the quality of our neighborhood, we ask that guests try to limit the number of cars in their party.

Lifeguard service is seasonal

Keywords: Castle Beach Retreat

More Details

Lou Albert
Member since: 2008
Speaks: german, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2018

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.


Seabright House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(24 traveler reviews)

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Castle Beach Retreat - Relax at the Best Beach in Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 24 reviews

Great house! Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we have stayed at the Castle Beach Retreat. We love this house. It is clean, spacious and has all the modern amenities you could need. We didn't move our car for the entire time we were there. It is inwalking distance to the boardwalk, restaurants, the harbor and the beach across the street! I can't wait for next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house for my family

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful home with amazing ocean views and direct access to the beach. It was a perfect location for our eight adults and four children to stay. We had a wonderful visit in Santa Cruz.

A couple of things to note if you rent here. The two masters are a good size but the other two bedrooms are very small with a shared bath between. It worked for us, but it would be difficult for too many people to try to share either of these rooms.

The other thing to note is that there are NO kitchen supplies to speak of. We found salt, pepper and sugar, but that’s all, so bring everything you need if you cook. Also, bring paper towels because only one roll is provided. It would have been nice to have things like oil and cooking spray on hand at the very least.

I was also disappointed that they had not fixed two televisions that had been damaged before our visit. When paying top dollar, I expected everything to be working as listed, but it wasn’t.

However, in spite of these downsides, I’m glad we stayed in this house and found the living area and kitchen perfect for a large family to gather with amazing views of the ocean and beautiful sunsets in the evening.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Phoenix Lake Ladies Golf Club Fall Outing

  • 4 of 5

A few of our ladies from the Phoenix Lake Ladies Golf Club, Sonora, California, traveled to Santa Cruz for our fall golf outing. We stayed at the Castle Beach Retreat because the property was in proximity to the Boulder Creek Golf Course and to the De Laveaga Golf Course. The home was spacious. well maintained, and comfortable; needless to say the home was enjoyed by all. We did encounter a few minor problems. But, upon contacting the property owner, they were immediately resolved. We especially liked the view of the beach and setting sun while we sat around the table and complained about the great (golf) shot we missed.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beachside bliss!

  • 5 of 5

The Castle Beach Retreat was such a perfect spot for our birthday weekend getaway. Lovely finishes throughout, plenty of space (some of the sleeping spaces are pull out sofas when a full 12 people are there!). The great room/kitchen space with large deck offers a perfect place to chill out and listen to the waves. The kitchen is well equipped with lots of serving dishes, utensils, and more. Loved every minute of our stay and look forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking ...

  • 5 of 5

First, I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for renting your home to us. Your home is beautiful and fit our accommodations perfectly! Your home was very clean and we LOVED the view. It was so nice being able to walk right across the street to access the beach and we also loved how we could walk just a few blocks to restaurants. I would and will recommend this home to other friends and family and would definitely rent from you again. Also, it was nice being able to communicate with you guys at any time. At times I get nervous renting homes from other people but you made the process SO easy.

Take care,


  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Reba. We are so happy you guys had a good time
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Beautiful house!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house directly across from the beach. Sleeps large groups of people. Kid friendly.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
Seabright Beach

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $325 + Tax

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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