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Natural Bridges Beach House. **Family Friendly** Walk to beach and wineries

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Beach House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8 max including children)


Located on the beautiful Westside in Santa Cruz, across the street from Natural Bridges State Beach Park, 1 1/2 blocks to the Natural Bridges State Beach and scenic West Cliff Drive promenade. Close to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Wharf, downtown Santa Cruz, University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) and prime surfing spots at Cowell's Beach, Mitchell's Cove, Pleasure Point and Steamer Lane. Walk to the gourmet market on Swift Street where you’ll find winery tasting rooms, yoga studios, coffee shops, New Leaf Market (a mini-Whole Foods) and plenty of restaurants. Updated family friendly house that is perfect for multi-generational travel.


The property is conveniently located less than an hour and a half from the Bay Area’s major cities and airports. Downtown San Jose and the San Jose Airport are approximately 30 minutes away. The San Francisco Airport is 60 minutes away, as is Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach. Downtown San Francisco is 80 minutes away, and you can easily reach Sonoma and Napa wine country in about two hours.



Our 2,100 square foot home caters to families. We have everything you might need for a baby (including a Pack N Play, high chair, and more) or a day at Natural Bridges Beach with your family (including sand toys, umbrellas, cooler, beach chairs, beach wagon for all your stuff and more), which is only a block and a half away and has seasonal lifeguards.

More importantly, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, we have the perfect set up for a large family traveling with their nanny or other caretaker. On the first floor, you’ll find the main living areas including one bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom with a shower. The downstairs also has a spacious dining room, which can seat up to eight people. A spacious living room is adjacent to the dining room with a comfortable family room off of the kitchen.

Upstairs, the two kids’ bedrooms are in the front of the house and share a bathroom. One of the kids’ bedrooms has a single twin bed with a trundle twin bed. The other has a queen-size bed. The master bedroom is located at the back of the house, and it boasts a king-size bed, DVD player, flatscreen TV, huge soaking tub, and plenty of storage.

The backyard is another highlight of the home. It has a full outdoor living area with a gazebo, patio furniture (for both adults and kids), and shower with warm water that you can use to rinse off after a day at the beach. The outdoor living area gets the perfect mix of sun and shade, and it’s a great place to kick back on the weekends or at the end of a long day. The kids can also play in the back yard while you watch from the family room, dining room, or kitchen. The property is located on a safe and quiet cul-de-sac.

As mentioned, our beach house is only a block and a half from Natural Bridges State Beach, which is near scenic West Cliff Drive (great for long walks by the ocean!) and the UCSC Seymour Long Marine Lab. You can easily walk to Swift Street, where you’ll find winery tasting rooms, yoga studios, New Leaf Market (a mini-Whole Foods) and plenty of restaurants. If you’d like to venture further, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and wharf is approximately two miles away.

** During the summer season, we prefer weekly rentals and offer a preferred weekly rate. We will NOT rent to parties of more than 8 total including adults and children.**

**Please note that we do not allow large parties or weddings at our home as Santa Cruz has strict noise ordinances. Our beach house is surrounded by owner occupied homes**

**This is a pet and smoke free home. Please no visiting pets. **

** Due to the on-going California drought, county and city mandated water restrictions are expected to continue for the Summer of 2018. Most likely, the lawn will be brown.**

Keywords: Beach House, Santa Cruz, West Cliff, Beach, Natural Bridges, Surf, Surfing, UCSC, Westside, west side, Cowell's Beach, Lighthouse, boardwalk, Long Marine Lab, Hwy 1, Kids, Family, University of California Santa Cruz, Beach home, vacation rental, beach house

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Susan Loop
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Susan Loop

I graduated from University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) back in the days when the students adopted the banana slug as the school mascot, there were no grades and Natural Bridges State Beach Park had two natural bridges over the ocean. After four years, I was ready to leave Santa Cruz for life in the big city- San Francisco!

I re-discovered Santa Cruz after being gone for almost two decades and planning my 20th college reunion. The timing coincided with the birth of our child. I experienced what the area had to offer and was impressed by the changes and reassured by the familiarity.

Santa Cruz is an easy getaway from our San Francisco family home. We find the drive very therapeutic with the transition from our fast paced lives to our Santa Cruz sanctuary. The 75 minute drive to Santa Cruz from San Francisco is beautiful through the evergreens on Highway 17 or by the ocean on Highway 1.

Susan Loop purchased this house in 2011

Why Susan Loop chose Westside

Our search lasted almost 2 years for our perfect beach house on the Westside of Santa Cruz! We wanted a remodeled home with 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms in a nice, quiet beach neighborhood. A home with a great layout for entertaining and suitable for house guests was essential. As parents and children of elderly parents, being within walking distance of the beach with summer lifeguards was important to us. Plus, Natural Bridges State Beach has restrooms and showers. Natural Bridges State Beach Park offers great tide pools, stroller and bike friendly paths, park ranger programs for the kids, charcoal bbq grills and is the home to the monarch butterfly nature preserve.

We love bike riding and strolling on West Cliff Drive starting from Natural Bridges towards the Lighthouse Field State Beach, gawking at the surfers at Cowell’s Beach, eating on the Wharf and goofing around at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In the evenings, we enjoy walking to the Swift Street wineries, restaurants and New Leaf Market (a.k.a. mini Whole Foods) for dinner. The Saturday Westside farmer's market is our source for our morning coffee, breakfast tacos and local produce. We walk a 1/2 a block from our house to catch the public bus to UC Santa Cruz to participate in university sponsored events from Shakespeare Santa Cruz, foraging at the Farm and looking for banana slugs in the redwood forest.

Of course, we do the typical Santa Cruz family activities at the beach and downtown. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has great retro Monday and Tuesday nights with dollar hot dogs, cotton candy, drinks and all rides. Volleyball tournaments, bands on the beach, bowling, kayaking, SUP and surfing- there is always something happening down on the main beach! Downtown Santa Cruz is a must see destination with al fresco dining, street performers and the iconic Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Capitola Village is a short drive with nice ocean front restaurants and night life.


Westside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • A separate signed rental agreement is required within 48 hours of booking.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1- Downstairs - toilet , shower , Downstairs on main living area
    Bathroom 3- Upstairs Master - toilet , tub , shower , Upstairs in private master bedroom. Huge soaking tub.
    Bathroom 2- Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs by the two bedrooms.
    Bathroom 4- Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Outdoor hot and cold shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4- Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 child bed , Upstairs, big sitting area, walk-in closet & private bath.
    Bedroom 1- Downstairs Queen - 1 queen , Downstairs on main living area. No closet. Ceiling fan.
    Bedroom 3- Kids Room - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs, 1 twin bed with pop-up twin trundle bed & closet.
    Bedroom 2- Uptairs Queen - 1 queen , Upstairs, walk-in closet & ceiling fan.
  • As parents, our beach house is well equipped for families including a Pack'n Play portable crib.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Turnkey family friendly beach house. Lots of baby and toddler gear provided. See the items under kid friendly. Furnishings are kid friendly. Fun toys for kids and families to enjoy together. Boogie boards and a beach wagon for all your gear and little one too.


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Natural Bridges Beach House. **Family Friendly** Walk to beach and wineries
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Austin, TX

Everything was perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Great location, and a clean, comfortable home.

Our three young children had a great time; and were safe in the enclosed backyard. Having use of the bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas was a big plus.

Altogether highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, California

Perfect house for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days and 4 nights in Santa Cruz as a family of two parents, two grandparents, and three young kids. We LOVED this house. It is walking distance to the beach, where we took the kids every afternoon to play in the sand and the water (which is cold, but they didn't care). The house is on a quiet streeet with a fully stocked kitchen and a great backyard for playing and bbqing. The hot water outside shower was a huge plus after getting home from the beach covered in sand. The layout worked well because the kids and parents were upstairs and the grandparents were downstairs and got some peace. The owners were easy and responsive - when we couldn't get a light to work they helped us figure it out immediately. We would highly recommend this house to families headed to Santa Cruz!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, location, location!

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our family trip to California. My husband and I traveled with our three children, son in law and two grandchildren. The house was perfect, everyone had their own space, the large dining room and living room allowed for wonderful family time! The house is well cared for and meticulously clean. My grandchildren so enjoyed the toys (both inside and outside) that came with the house, even books for bedtime stories! All the comforts of home! The Natural Bridges State Park, the beach and boardwalk are all very close! The owner is very responsive, most times an immediate response when I called with questions! Pride of ownership is evident and I highly recommend this home for a vacation getaway. We will definitely be returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bright clean beach house - great location

  • 5 of 5

Right off of West Cliff Drive and just a short walk into Natural Bridges state beach, this house was a fantastic pick. The king bedroom is super spacious, there was a perfect "kids room" and there are two other great adult bedrooms. Sue was incredibly responsive and everything was super clean. There was even wifi and art supplies and scooters and such. A great place for a family stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Dorado Hills, California

Exactly what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this wonderfully appointed house. This is the first time in 4 years we've had all of our grown children in the country for a vacation. This lovely home had all the amenities we needed. Our 2 young grandchildren loved the kid sized furniture, toys, books and games. I appreciated how organized everything was and that we wanted for nothing in the kitchen when we opted for cooking instead of dining out. The beach wagon was a big help hauling stuff and kids down to the beach. Susan was easy to work with and surprised us with a gift basket upon arrival. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Wonderful Place To Stay In Santa Cruz!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house when we went up to attend our daughter’s graduation from UCSC. There were eight of us, ranging in age from 19 to 89, and our stay at this lovely and excellently located house was everything we hoped for and much more! The house itself is quite spacious and has any “airy” feel with a lot of natural light and an open floor plan on the first floor, which includes a bedroom that was perfect for our elderly mom who uses a walker. The entire house is very well furnished, and lacked nothing that we needed in terms of furniture, furnishings, utensils, appliances, crockery, etc. There were even bicycles and scooters in the garage, and a lot of kid-related stuff -- although we didn’t get a chance to use them. Everything is well organized, labeled and explained, and so it was very easy to move in and get comfortable. The back yard is designed for entertaining, with a gazebo, a propane BBQ and ample patio furniture – that we put to good use during our stay!

In short, the house is exactly as described, but much nicer and more spacious than the photos suggest.

Above all, Susan and John are excellent hosts, who responded promptly to our requests. E.g., late one evening we texted: “Is there a blender in the house?” and the answer came back within minutes: “There is a blender and Magic Bullet in the dining room nook.” We were also very pleasantly surprised to find a beach bucket full of Graduation-related Welcome gifts waiting for us in the living room when we arrived, including a bottle of champagne, a balloon, decorations, party plates, etc!

The house is a short walk to the Natural Bridges Park and the West Cliff Drive, which is very scenic and has a wonderful walking/jogging/biking trail along the cliff edge which we used regularly during our stay.

Another very nice feature was the thick 3-ring binder provided by the owners, that was chock full of information about Santa Cruz and the surrounding area, including recommendations for where to dine, shopping options, list of attractions in the area, etc.

We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Cowells Beach, Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz Lighthouse, Natural Bridges State Beach Park, Wilder Ranch, UC Santa Cruz (UCSC), Wharf, Downtown Santa Cruz, Costco, Wineries, San Francisco, Monterey Bay, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Mission Santa Cruz, Pogonip, Roaring Camp, Swanson Berry Picking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning $185 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 11.0%

The BEST rates are 7 night, weekly rates!

A separate signed vacation rental agreement is required.

$750 REFUNDABLE security deposit. No transient occupancy tax (TOT) on rentals more than 30 nights. 11% TOT on rent and cleaning.

Check in at 4 pm and check out at 10 am. Linens provided except beach towels. MAX occupancy 8 persons. No weddings/parties. No pets or visiting pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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