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Pleasure Point Cottage: Central Home Base for Exploring the California Coast!

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Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 30 nights

About the property

Furn Pleasure Point 1 bdrm cottage utilities, TV and WI-Fi included, Dog OK

Pleasure Point Cottage makes a wonderful home base for exploring the California Coastal area from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Francisco. Listen the sounds of the pounding waves and the beckoning calls of the wild sea gulls as you watch the Pelicans dive for fish. Immerse yourself in the gentle breezes and smell of the fresh ocean air. Pleasure Point Cottage, on Opal Cliff, between Santa Cruz and Old Capitola is the perfect place to totally relax after a fun filled day of adventure.

Pleasure Point Cottage has its own kitchen, equipped with pots, pans, dishes, coffee pot, micro wave, gas stove, refrigerator and dining area. A comfy queen size bed is prepared with fresh linens and is ready for a good night’s sleep.

The bathroom has a shower; fresh towels and a hair dryer. Utilities, Wi-Fi and cable TV, water, waste management are provided. The cottage has its own fenced back yard with a large, private patio, barbeque and picnic table. The gardener comes by weekly to maintain the plant life. A shed in the back yard is a good spot for storing your surf board, bike or extra luggage.

East Cliff Drive, only a block and a half away, is partially blocked off for pedestrians. It’s a great place to: Walk your dog, ride your bike, or sit on the bench and watch the surfers, feel the fresh air, eat your lunch and listen to the crashing waves.

Have you ever been to a Sand Castle Building Contest? Our cottage is in prime location for the festivities. Or, perhaps you'd like to attend the Shakespeare Festival at the UC Campus. How about going to a Friday night free concert on the beach on the summer months? Whatever it may be, we will be sure to provide you with the essentials of home so you can relax and maximize your enjoyment of everything Santa Cruz has to offer!

Santa Cruz has 29 miles of sand and surf and a very mild climate all year round. Driving south of Pleasure Point, you will find Manresa Beach, La Selva, Capitola Beach, Seacliff Beach (sunken cement ship), Seascape Beach, and Sunset Beach . Driving North of Pleasure Point, check out the Santa Cruz Harbor; discover Light House Field State Beach (good surfing and great place to walk dogs).

Natural Bridges State Beach, known for its tide-pooling and famous natural rock bridge, feels secluded but is easily accessible from the road. This state park is a Monarch Butterfly sanctuary for as many as 100,000 butterflies that are drawn to the mild ocean air and eucalyptus grove in the winter months.

Further north are: Wilder Ranch Beach (historic site), Davenport Beach (tiny town with a good bakery),and Four-mile Beach (known for beach parties), Scotts Creek Beach, (a favorite for beach combing ) Wadell Creek Beach, Bonny Dune Beach and Red-White-Blue.

The county is also blessed with 14 state parks, including the popular Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, accessible by steam train from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This is a trip through the redwoods and back. Check the schedule before you go. If you want more adventure: Hike, ride a bike, or zip line through the beautiful redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains. Henry Cowell Redwood Forest and State Park is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. The park has a picnic area above the San Lorenzo River. Anglers fish for steelhead and salmon during the winter (catch and release).

Golfers claim that the nearby Pasatiempo Golf course, a Alister McKenzie design, is as good as you can get for public (semi-pro) golf. Golf Week rates it #3 in California.

If you have a loved one that is college bound, be sure to check out the UCSC Campus. Also, visit The Seymour Marine Discovery Center. It’s a part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, located about 3.5 miles from Pleasure Point Cottage. For a wonderful day adventure, drive a little further to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s well worth your time.

You may take your pick of up to forty-five different Santa Cruz wineries. Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadow Brook Restaurant features 2 to 4 wines from local wineries in a spectacular river front setting. Barrel Tasting & Wine Dinner is held at Bonny Doon Vineyard every Thursday where you can glimpse into the winery & cellar. Barrel tasting is followed by a hosted three-course family-style dinner paired with wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard.

There are plenty of places in Santa Cruz County to end the day with a glass of wine and a fresh plate of seafood. The pier at the Boardwalk is one favorite places to enjoy breakfast or toast the sunset. The Shadow Brook Restaurant in nearby Capitola is another of our favorite places for a special dining experience. Fragrant gardens and rustic creek-side location add much to the ambience, not to mention a quaint cable car that takes you down to the restaurant and lounge to enjoy live guitar music and happy hour.

To reserve Pleasure Point Cottage, please view our calendar of availability; get an instant quote. If the terms pf the rental agreement are acceptable, you can simply 'Book It' on line. (Click the yellow button and the top of this listing to get started.) If you have any questions, would like assistance, send a message to Lorraine, owner. For technical assistance at VRBO/Home Away call 1 877-228-3145.

Key words: Pleasure Point vacation rental, flexible terms, off street parking, prime location in Santa Cruz, on Monterey Bay, between the Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk and Old Capitola Village. Closest airport: Norm Minetta International in San Jose, CA., fenced yard, barbeque, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, utilities included, completely furnished, surfing, off street parking. Near beach, dog friendly. Natural Bridges State Park. Henry Cowell State Park

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Lorraine Heng
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Lorraine Heng

After teaching for thirty-four years and maintaining cars, airplanes and properties for even longer, we have become 'snow birds'. Creating 'home' along the west coast has been a life long passion. This Pleasure Point Cottage is one of our favorites. It's a place we enjoy coming to for sheer relaxation: The mild climate, the fresh air, the pounding surf, fine food,long leisurely walks, and beautiful scenery.

Lorraine Heng purchased this cottage in 1979

Why Lorraine Heng chose Central Coast

We love the ambience, especially the fresh ocean air and natural beauty of Monterey Bay with its powerful surge of ocean waves on the beach. There is a wealth of outdoor activities here, and access to San Francisco peninsula is easy from the Santa Cruz area.

What makes this cottage unique

Where else in the world can you, walk out your front door and down the street a couple of blocks to go surfing, comfortably stroll so many beaches, walk the dog through the Light House Field or along the marshes, go deep sea fishing or sailing, go hiking or ride horseback through the nearby redwood forests; or go kayaking in the Elk Horn Slough? A continuing favorite is to watch the otters, birds and sea lions play in the estuary while enjoying a fine fish dinner at Moss Landing as the sun sets.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lorraine, your place is absolutely wonderful with everything we could ever need. I really love the loft. I slept like a baby. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you have done with the place. You optimized the space very well. We will truly enjoy ourselves. It will be hard to leave. Thank you so much.
Oct 2013
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Pleasure Point Cottage: Central Home Base for Exploring the California Coast!
average rating of 4.48 based on 60 reviews

Pleasure Point Beach Cottage Hidden Capitola Gem with Secret Garden

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in this wonderful property several times over the past few years, each experiance improved over the previous visit. What had been a cute funky Capitola cottage has been lovingly and carefully refurbished with attention to detail and comfort. Morning coffee in the hidden garden outside the bedroom was a great way to begin the day. Downtown Capitola is an easy walk along the wonderful sea cliffs. There are always surfers at the point. The photos do not fully show the inside charm of the property but the description is accurate. Lorraine and Virgil are a pleasure to work with, helpful and very responsive. Clam chowder at the end of the Capatola pier is a great inexpensive lunch.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Upgrading the property and providing comfortable, afforadable temporary housing has become one of our long term goals.
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Location Location location

  • 4 of 5

OMG!!! This place was awesome. First, everything was so clean and beautiful. The living room was like new and very comfortable, I felt like I was home. There is plenty of closet space and the bed was so comfortable and I enjoyed my sleep after a long day of hiking. The kitchen was large with a roomy eating area. My overall experience was great. The location was so close to the beach (a few houses away) and I could walk to my daughter's house. It was very convenient to stay here instead of a hotel. I really felt relaxed and enjoyed the backyard with the beautiful flowers. Location is everything and this place has it. I can't wait to plan my stay here again. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plymouth, MN

Wonderful Stay!

  • 4 of 5

This is a great little unit near Pleasure Point with private parking, a huge private patio, laundry facilities, and comfortable living quarters. The owner is very helpful, responds almost immediately to inquiries, and is pleasant to work with. No rental units are perfect, but this is a well-kept and reasonably priced option for a stay near Santa Cruz. There are apparently three separate units on this property, and any one of them would probably be worth considering for a stay in this area!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 0

Great time in Santa Cruz

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed surfer's paradise pleasure point cottage. The cottage was very cute and cleaned. The best part was enjoying a private breakfast on the patio in the morning sun. A wonderful place to walk and the beach was only two blocks away. Quiet and away from the huge tourist scene. However if you enjoy the tourist scene it is only 15 minutes away by car. Wifi was spotty but it was nice not to be connected to the world for a few days. We highly recommend Lillies Italian Restaurant excellent wine, food, and desserts. Hope you get a chance to enjoy a wonderful town and the people who live there.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good price - great location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the surf shack for 32 nights. The waves were great. It's not a super fancy place by any stretch but it has all the basics, including a play area for the dog. Owners were professional and responsive. Wireless reception could be better. Shower could be better. Less ants would be nice, but hey, what do you want at this price? Bed was comfy. TV worked well and place had a certain charm.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wireless reception is best when sitting at the kitchen table. Ant problem has been resolved.
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Oakland, CA

Great Escape!

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on my retreat! I was able to work on my dissertation in peace and quiet and enjoy nature with my faithful canine companion! We took many great walks along the cliffs at Pleasure Point and got to see the stars every night we were there! I highly recommend this apartment/cottage for singles or couples wanting a beach get away!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to provide clean, comfortable housing accommodations in a prime location. Privacy and affordability are important considerations. It's a pleasure to provide a temporary home for people that are appreciative !
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Pasatiempo Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Point Market and Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pleasure Point
Car: recommended

Pleasure Point is one of the best surfing spots on the West Coast. Santa Cruz is the home of the Beach Board Walk (amusement park). Try kyaking in the Moss Landing slough to observe wild life. Drive the coastal route between Camel-by-the-Sea and San Francisco.

Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches to explore: Cowell's Beach, Steamer Lane, (a favorite surfing spot), Twin Beach, and Castle Beach, are all near the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Driving south from Pleasure Point Cottage, you will find Manresa Beach, La Selva, Capitola Beach, Seacliff Beach (sunken cement ship), Seascape Beach, and Sunset Beach (romance ).

Driving North look for the Santa Cruz Harbor (great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner and evening entertainment); discover Light House Field State Beach ( good surfing and great place to walk dogs), Natural Bridges (observe Monarch butterflies), Wilder Ranch Beach (historic site), Davenport Beach (tiny town with a good bakery),and Four-mile Beach (known for beach parties), Scotts Creek Beach, (a favorite for beach combing ) Wadell Creek Beach, a (a good spot for wind-surfing) Bonny Dune Beach and Red-White-Blue (clothing is optional). Come and discover how many beaches you can find to leave your foot prints in the sand!

If you want more adventure: Hike, ride a zip line or train through the beautiful redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains. Visit the UCSC Campus, the Monterey Bay Aquarium or play a round of golf. Drive up the coast to San Francisco, and walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Create an experience you'll never forget!


Rates & Availability

Opal Cliffs Cottage Rental Rates

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Winter Special
Jan 16 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

A $150 deposit is required to create a reservation. Credit cards are accepted for the deposit. Personal checks mailed to the owner lat least 35 days prior to occupancy, are preferred for the balance due. Additional fees may be incurred for large credit card and/or International transactions. In cases of necessity, the check-in and check-out dates may be adjusted one time. The Deposit is refundable within 10 days of departure, provided the terms of the rental agreement are honored and the cottage is returned in good condition. The deposit is forfeited if the reservation is canceled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Opal Cliffs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 460 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen size bed, plus large leather sofa.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Two blocks from the beach. Storage space for bikes and surf boards. Fenced yard for your dog. Off street parking.

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