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Natural Bridges Beach House, Cute & Family Friendly! Walk to beach and wineries

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 30 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, baby monitor, high chair, and more) or a day at Natural Bridges Beach with your children (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), an outdoor sofa, 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 Saturday to Saturday weekly rentals and 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.**

**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 2016. 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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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About Sue

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.

Sue purchased this house in 2011

Why Sue 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 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 the 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Natural Bridges Beach House, Cute & Family Friendly! Walk to beach and wineries
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

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: Jul 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: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Jun 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: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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High Praise for this Santa Cruz House

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this lovely Santa Cruz house was everything we hoped for and then some.

It is a short walk to Natural Bridges beach, West Cliff Drive and the Walker Ranch State Park.

The house is inviting and extremely family friendly-- it even comes with bikes that were perfect for exploring the scenic walkways and bike trails. One of the features we really made great use of during our stay was the book full of information provided by the owners that gave recommendations of where to eat, best parking spots, shopping areas and a list of attractions in the area. We would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

My children and their partners as well as my grandchildren loved this house! I can't say enough good things about the it. It was large, airy, comfortable and perfect for us. Everything you could possibly need as far as utensils etc. was provided. We made good use of the girl and the out door seating areas.

I can't say enough good things about it and I would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • 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

Circles House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Early Summer (NO 11% tax)
Jun 19 2017 - Jul 21 2017
30 night minimum stay
2017 Summer
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

$750 REFUNDABLE security deposit. Prices quoted for payment by Cashier's Check. 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.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. A signed vacation rental agreement is required. Full payment is due upfront by personal check, cashier's check, money order or wire transfer.

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Circles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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
  • 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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