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COZY BEACH COTTAGE - PERFECT LOCATION! Walk to restaurants and the Boardwalk

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)


Welcome to your home away from home where your family or friends can spend a relaxing vacation. We supply EVERYTHING to get your vacation started. Linens, towels, bedding and a startup of paper products. You supply FOOD, CLOTHES, PERSONAL ITEMS, FIREWOOD and additional paper products.

Arbor House Santa Cruz Beach Cottage Vacation Rental in Santa Cruz California, is a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath private residence that can accommodate 2 to 4 guests comfortably and a Family of 6 easily. Rent for one weekend or a couple weeks throughout the year. We are just four houses up and 150 steps to Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Just steps away are Dining, Drinks, Boating and Entertainment on the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. There will be no reason to leave the neighborhood!

As you sit on the raised backyard deck of our Cottage, watch boats come and go from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. In the distance you will hear the Sea Lions on the Santa Cruz Pier, and the adults and children laughing and screaming as they ride the Circa 1924 Giant Dipper on the famous 100 Year Old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. A 7 minute drive or a 1.20 mile walk. There is also a 'Summer Season' ferry that will glide you across the Yacht Harbor to get you on your walk to the Beach Boardwalk a bit faster.

Take Kayaking excursions on the Bay or a Chardonnay II Tour, go Wine Tasting or take the Skunk Train into the Santa Cruz Mountains!

There are so many things to see and do in Santa Cruz, on the Monterey Bay and surrounding area that you'll want to re-book your next stay right away!


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Property Manager
Scott Johnson
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Scott Johnson

Hello, I’m Shirley, your host, and I would like to share a bit of the history of Arbor House Cottage. Arbor House has been in the family since the 1940s. Though it wasn't called Arbor House then, it was simply a rental that my parents owned. My grandparents lived across the street in the corner house and I remember going to see them and playing there. Being with them was very special to me and my siblings. After they passed, I lived there with my Mother and Father until I married and started my own family.

It is good to be able to go over from time to time, enjoy the beach and delicious restaurants and recall the wonderful memories!.....(note the picture on the wall in the dining room, it's not me but reminds me of me as a child on the beach).....

Scott and I have put many long and loving hours into making Arbor House the warm and welcoming Cottage that it is today.

So, 'welcome'....This is your home for the short time you are here.

Enjoy, Relax and let your cares slip away.

Sincerely, Shirley

Scott Johnson purchased this cottage in 1946

What makes this cottage unique


Arbor House Beach Cottage is located on 6th Avenue, just four houses up and 150 steps to Twin Lakes State Beach.

Just steps away is one of Monterey Bay's most popular restaurants, The Crow's Nest, offering spectacular waterfront views on the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.

As you sit on the deck of our Vacation Rental cottage, watch boats come and go from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Listen to the Sea Lions on the Santa Cruz Pier, and the adults and children laughing as they ride the 1924 Giant Dipper on the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. About 1.97 miles away and a 7 minute drive or a 1.20 mile walk.

Free Water Taxi throughout the Yacht Harbor: Weekends and Holidays,

10 AM - 6 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Take Kyaking excursions on the Bay or a Chardonnay II Tour, take a ride on the historic Roaring Camp Railroad or go Wine Tasting!

There are so many things to see and do in Santa Cruz, on the Monterey Bay and surrounding area.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We just returned home from a five day stay in the "Arbor House" in Santa Cruz. We spent those five days with our son's family (they have a 2 and 3 year old). This cottage has everything that you could possibly need for a beach get away. The property is totally fenced in, making it great for kids. The Arbor House is decorated perfectly for a beach cottage. The beach is so close, and the harbor is so beautiful just out the kitchen window. We will definately rent this cottage again, we loved our stay there.
Apr 2010
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Santa Cruz Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , lots of storage and hooks for personal items.
  • Pedestal Sink, Shower / Tub combo with sliding glass shower doors. Mirrored Medicine Cabinet above sink and shelves above commode for additional storage of personal items.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Tempur-Pedic Bed
    Air bed(s) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin beds are a Trundle Bed set
  • Full Bed (1) Located in BEDROOM 1. All linens and bedding provided., Twin or Single Beds (2) Furnished in BEDROOM 2. Twin Trundle Bed set that opens into two twin beds to sleep two. All linens and bedding provided., Baby Crib (1) GRACO crib/playpen all-in-one., Air Bed (1) This second Queen Bed is a very comfortable inflatable Air Bed. Heated mattress cover is provided if desired. All linens and bedding provided.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
GREAT EFFORT HAS BEEN TAKEN TO PROVIDE A DRESSING AREA IN EVERY ROOM TO STORE PERSONAL ITEMS, STYLE HAIR AND APPLY MAKE-UP......A Security Safe is provided for your use if desired.......BEDROOM 1 has a small TV/DVD in corner storage cabinet, Alarm Clock on the Night Stand, Mirror & Dressing Shelf and a Dresser in the closet..........BEDROOM 2 has a Mirror and Tall Dresser as well as a closet..........the LAUNDRY/STORAGE area has the Iron & Board, extra Table & Chairs.........We have provided additional Alarm Clocks, Hairdryers, Mirrors, extra Hangers, Picnic Basket and even a Kite!.........The fenced in Front & Back Lower Gardens have Seating Areas..........There is an outdoor Shower with hot & cold running water for rinsing off after returning from the beach. Check out our website @


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COZY BEACH COTTAGE - PERFECT LOCATION! Walk to restaurants and the Boardwalk
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 71 reviews

Best location for our 4 day get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

This was just one of our many, many stays. Perfect time of the year to visit. School I s in session so the week days are quite with few beach goers. The morning fog burns off early and the sun stays out most of the day.

Ok, so enough about the weather. Love this little Cottage!

Everthing you need for your home away from home stay. Comfy bed. Cozy living room. Full functioning Kitchen albeit small, if you prep and plan its a cinch to cook in. Love, love the deck! Period! The outdoor shower is the bomb. I don't th the the television was turned on more than twice.

Hope everyone who reads this gets the opportunity to stay here at least once. Cheers! Until next year Arbor House!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great shout out! Your review will help a lot of future guests make their decision to stay with us. We appreciate your loyalty and have reserved your stay for next September. Until then....
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Wonderfully cozy beach front cottage in Santa Cruz!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a slice of heaven! It was just the escape from the city we needed. There is a great view from the back deck, and we enjoyed our morning coffee on the front porch. This place is very peaceful, and literally steps from the beach. The boardwalk is a 5 min drive. Lots walking distance. The cottage has every amenity you can think of, and although the kitchen is compact, it has every gadget you could desire to cook like it was your home. We hope to return soon! Thank you for sharing your cottage with us! We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Twain Harte, CA

Delightful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home for a weekend getaway. Cody, well equipped, and adorably decorated...easy walk to dinner at the marina.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful! You hit all the high points. Thank you and hope to host you again.
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Very close to the beach, cute house!

  • 4 of 5

The house was located close to the beach and harbor. On the beach there is a local coffee shop where you can get pastries and coffee which is nice because the location is so close!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

Very cute, cozy little house. Had all the amenities we needed. Owner responded right away to answer my question.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbelievable location

  • 4 of 5

Great small place to stay if you love the outdoors! Steps to the marina and all that it has. Steps to the big sandy beach. Waves, gulls and sea lions to put you to sleep. great back deck with the view to have your family meals. Small house gem.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
DeLaveaga Golf Course & Lodge
Nearest Train
33 Miles
Amtrak San Jose, CA
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Cabrillo Highway 1
Car: recommended

Beach Volleyball, Famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Pier, The Skunk Train, Downtown Santa Cruz and Downtown Capitola Village are all just 5 minutes away..........Carmel and Monterey are a 45 minute drive..........A variety of public and private chartered tours on the Bay are available, book a Wine Tasting Tour or Deep Sea Fishing excursion and Much, Much More!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $25
Housekeeping $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

The rates above have been given ONLY as an estimate with Low Season and High Season fees as a guide to the number of possible nights you might stay. You are not limited to a specific number of nights stay or specific Check-In/Check-Out dates. (note that it is much more economical, per night, to stay 4-7 or more nights as opposed to only 1 night. The same $125.00 house keeping fee applies for 1 night or 1 week stay). Additional $25.00 per Adult per night fee may apply for each additional Adult based on 6 guests stay. Please email us for an exact quote.

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.