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Captain's Quarters at Twin Lakes Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6 to 8)

The Captains Quarters boasts one of the most spectacular oceanfront views in all of Santa Cruz! This is beachfront living at its best, with wrap around decks facing the Pacific - and dramatic Monterey Bay views from nearly every room in the house.

Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and snugly situated overlooking one of Santa Cruz's best beaches, Twin Lakes Beach, this home is ideally situated to take in the unobstructed 260 degree ocean views from nearly every room. The Captain's Quarters is sure to be your oceanfront vacation destination!

This single family one story home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and two full kitchens for two or more families to enjoy. You will overlook the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Generously spacious - with 160 feet of ocean frontage and enough parking for 4 cars, the Captain's Quarters can easily accommodate 3 generations in comfort. Direct beach access is via stairway just a few steps from the deck.

The Captain's Quarters is an excellent central location in Santa Cruz; located midway between the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Capitola, and just a short walk to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Buy your fresh fish locally from the Stagnero's boat on the Wharf, and enjoy preparing a meal in either fully equipped kitchen, or just relax and stop in at one the many restaurants and nearby nightlife that abound. Later, roast marsh mellows and stoke bonfires in the fire rings provided on the beach.

You will enjoy breathtaking sunrises from the master suite. At night, the lights of Monterey, Moss Landing and Pacific Grove glitter across the Bay. The Captain's Quarters provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones, or for that long awaited getaway - feel the stress melt away as you breathe in the ocean air, listen to sounds of the Bay and appreciate what Mother Nature intended.

More Details

Property Manager
Beachnest Property Management & Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Beachnest Property Management & Vacation Rentals

Our comfortable, well-maintained and fully furnished vacation rentals provide you with a true home-away-from-home and each property is close to all that Santa Cruz County has to offer. Allow us to help customize your Santa Cruz vacation rental with the amenities that are most important to you – from dramatic oceanfront whitewater views to family and pet-friendly properties, we focus on top-notch customer service from the time you begin your initial inquiry, to the time that you check-out – our highest priority is to exceed your expectations. (831) 722-0888

Guestbook comments from the manager

We stayed at the Captain's Quarters for a week in June 2013, and enjoyed our visit tremendously. The views throughout the house are spectacular. The youngsters in our party delighted in being able to got right down the steps to the beach. The house, while 1970s quirky, was quite comfortable and very well equipped with everything from beach towels and sand buckets to plenty of serving ware and flatware, cooking utensils and everything needed for a home away from home. Liz of Beachnest was very helpful and responsive to our questions and concerns. We will be staying there again.
Jun 2013
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , a vanity room and a full bath with Shower
    Full bath with shower and seperate tub - toilet , tub , shower , in between the 2 back (non-master) bedrooms
    Full bath - toilet , shower , Bathroom off dining area. Has entrace from outdoors, perfect
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King Bed TV and private bath. Ocean Views from bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed, Stunning Ocean Views and TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen bed, DVD player with TV. Gorgeous Ocen views
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants ...
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf ...
  • paddle boating ...
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries ...
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf ...
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing ...
  • roller blading
  • sailing ...
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Captain's Quarters at Twin Lakes Beach
average rating of 3.8666666 based on 17 reviews

Location! Location! Location!

  • 4 of 5

This house (and star rating) is all about the location and views of the beautiful Pacific ocean. Even though we had rainy weather we truly enjoyed simply looking out the floor to ceiling windows to the sky and sea. We were disappointed the fireplace does not work , as we brought logs knowing it would be stormy. While we were comfortable enough, it would be even better if the house had a few more simply updates and better maintenance. The list of repairs needed I will send directly to the managers. The layout works well for two families or in our case, adult children. We did not use the 2nd smaller kitchen as all of the supplies seemed to be in the main kitchen. We enjoyed walks on the beach, Mystery Spot and the Monterrey Aquarium.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, Vicki! The fireplace was damaged in the earthquake of '89 and has not been usable since, unfortunately! However, fires are allowed in the rings provided at Twin Lakes Beach just minutes from the beach house (not quite as cozy as a living room, I realize!). Thanks for pointing out those maintenance issues and we have had them addressed. We hope you will come again!
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A sublime experience

  • 5 of 5

This home has been lovingly restored and sits on a ridge above the ocean with perfect views out of every single window, of which there are many so that you have the sense that your outside even when you're in. The crashing waves set a mood of relaxation and lull you into a level of comfort that is so very welcoming. Clean rooms, gorgeous comfy beds and bedding and freshly laundered towels folded neatly at the end of every bed are just a few of the personal touches that make this place so wonderful. The staff that manages the property are top notch and thought of every possible need we could have so that it was addressed even before we knew we required it. Great restaurants and favorite spots nearby to explore and dive into the Santa Cruz culture. Just a perfect all around experience and one we hope to partake in again some time.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful View, good beach access

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful view, convenient beach access. Spacious home.

"Welcome Binder" Instructions left for renters is a long list of "Don't do or else", which redsults in kind of a put off for feeling welcome.

House wiring is suspect (up to code?) Binder instructions even warn not to use microwave and oven at same time because it'll trip a circuit breakert! Also we discovered one can't use a hair dryer & curling iron at same time in bathroom as non-GFI outlet trips a circuit breaker...literature describes where to find two circuit breaker panels. Searching around finally found a 3rd panel hidden in a closet and able to reset circuit breaker. elect panel in a "closet" in garage has junk piled in front of it making it difficult to access. Circuit breakers are not labelled so you have to try them all until you hit the right one. Limited amount of bath,and hand towels in bathrooms. No towels in kitchens at all. It wasn't until we prepared to leave and per instructions, took used towels to put in the washing machine that we discovered the clothes dryer jam packed with towels, apparently left in the dryer by previous renters. Oven door in main kitchen does not close completely making it difficult to properly bake. There is no working can opener to be found in either kitchen. There are TV's but no DVRs for playing music or movie CD's. The only fireplace is empty, painted over and has gas pipe capped off. A gas log fireplace ensemble would have been nice for in the evenings. One bed was made with only one bedsheet. Minor things, but in sum total they detract from what otherwise could've been a perfect stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Came to Santa Cruz for a short family vacation over Memorial Day Weekend. We stayed at Captain's Quarters and loved it. The view from the house is awesome and the location is unbeatable. The house has a great beach feel to it and fit our family perfectly. We spent our entire 3 days either at the beach or on the deck of the house watching the ocean. We are definitely coming back to Captain's Quarters.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moms 90th birthday trip to the sea

  • 4 of 5

The house is in a perfect location. Hear and see and smell the ocean. The cleaning of the house prior to our arrival was not done, beds not made for us, sand on kitchen floor. House itself was fine, just not prepared properly before our arrival.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carlsbad, CA

Cannot beat the view!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice time. The view is spectacular!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose, CA
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Crow's Nest
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
De La Veaga Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
many restaurants nearby
Nearest Beach
Overlooking Twin Lakes Beach Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • $550-$650/nt
  • US Dollars
  • Off Season .. $550/nt .. $3850/week. On season ... $650/nt or $4550/week
  • An 11% County Imposed Occupancy Tax will be applied
  • Security deposit $1000 (fully-refundable)

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