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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 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Lou Albert
Member since: 2008
Speaks: german, dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

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.


Lower 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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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Castle Beach Retreat - Relax at the Best Beach in Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews

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: Apr 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: Mar 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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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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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Damage Deposit $1,000

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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