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Cozy And Private Beach Bungalow, Hot Tub, Dog ok, 3 Short Blocks To Beach.

Bedrooms 1
Space 540 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Perfect Getaway 1 Bd 1 Ba- Hot Tub- Dog Ok- Walk To Harbor- Sleeps 4+

Named after local Marine Biologist, Edward F. Ricketts, the Ricketts' Retreat House has a classy Monterey Bay feel . Last house at the end of the street with an enclosed private yard, hundred-year old Monterey Cyprus tree, and naturally, you can see the ocean from the driveway. In 3 blocks, you could be at the fire-pits of Twin Lakes Beach, sailing a boat at the Harbor, or grabbing a bite to eat at the Crow's Nest or Johnny's Harbor side. In one mile, you could be riding the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Additionally, the famed Steamer Lane surf spot, West Cliff, Capitola, and UC Santa Cruz's Seymour Marine Discovery Center are within a four-mile radius of the house.

The House is furnished in good taste with all essential amenities including linens, towels, and paper products. The bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, desk, dresser, closet, adjoining bright bathroom (with windows) and walk-in shower. Kitchen has a gas stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and garbage disposal. Adjoining to the kitchen is a dining area, and the living room with pull out queen sofa bed. Gas fireplace with temperature control, 36" Smart TV, Cable , DVD player, and WiFi are also present for your enjoyment. House comes ready with a washer and dryer and is essential for beach-goers. The backyard has a hot tub, shower, gas barbecue, outdoor furniture, and the front yard has bistro seating and hammock. Parking on street with no permit required, and driveway parking. Enjoy the retreat any time of year.

The Ricketts' Retreat House is peaceful, beautiful, and awaiting your arrival :)

More Details

Property Manager
Jewlia S
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

What makes this house unique

Perfect central location. Private, close to all Santa Cruz has to offer. Great for pet owners. Perfect Getaway for a couple or small family.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This was the best location and it enabled us to settle our daughter into UC Santa Cruz! All the amenities and so so cozy!!
Sep 2015
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Santa Cruz House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 540 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Lovely and bright. Tiled large walk in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom has a desk and a dresser also a full sized closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
SANTA CRUZ HARBOR is just a 5 min walk from the house. Full-service marina with concession-operated charters offering sailing, fishing, whale watching, eco-tours, kayaking and more. Landside, enjoy restaurants, beach, and retail shops.


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Cozy And Private Beach Bungalow, Hot Tub, Dog ok, 3 Short Blocks To Beach.
average rating of 4.75 based on 41 reviews
Lake Elsinore

Love this property

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here a few times. The home is perfect for couples. A short walk down the street and your at the beach and harbor. Home has everything you need to cook but also close to restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, CA

Very cozy (as in small) and nice

  • 4 of 5

Overall, the cottage was very nice. The size may or may not be an issue.

The pluses include location: very near the beach (about a 3 block/5 minute walk). One can easily walk to the Harbor Cafe, which often develops a line as soon as it opens in the morning. A convenience store and deli is also within walking distance. The Crow's Nest and Cafe El Palomar are nearby as well. The property itself has a decent kitchen, nice bedroom and rather spacious stand-up shower. There is a fair amount of outdoor space as well. Situated at the end of a block-long dead-end street, it is fairly quiet and secluded, even though the nearest street (Eaton Street) can be busy at times. It is great that it's dog friendly, as the pooch absolutely loves trips to the beach.

As we had two adults needing separate beds, we had to utilize the sofa bed, which is where one could have an issue. Without adding the memory foam topper, my aging back was not happy on the thin mattress. While using the topper made it comfortable enough, that meant dragging the somewhat unwieldy topper out every night and putting it away every morning. Hence, it wasn't possible to just fold up the sofa bed; making and unmaking the bed had to be done each day. The central room (which also includes the dining area) is fairly small, so the fully-extended bed pretty much fills up the room (meaning if you want to be lazy and not make the bed, there's not much space left.)

So, if you're not using the sofa bed, or maybe have hardy kids sleeping on it (or adults with happier backs than ours), you may not consider that an issue. Also, our stay was in December, so we really didn't spend much time in the yard, which definitely would have minimized a lot of the "a bit too cozy" feeling. There are tables, chairs and a hammock in the yard, and it looked like a great place to hang out in warmer weather.

Hence, the property wasn't ideal for our desires. However, it was still very serviceable and made for a nice stay. If you don't have the same bed and space issues, I would highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 4 of 5

Excellent place to stay. Clean, comfortable and great location. My dog and I had a wonderful time seeing our friends and eating at our favorite spots. Could not have asked for a greater place too stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time here, truly a lovely cottage, just a short walk from the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a charming home

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay. The home is perfect for a weekend getaway. The home had everything you need. The best part of it was the amazing customer service Jewlia provided our family.

Thank you so much for such a great experience.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eureka, CA

Pleasant stay. The cottage provide the bear necessity plus a hot tub!

  • 4 of 5

Also, the beach is within few minutes of walking distance.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Mineta San Jose international airport
Nearest Train
32 Miles
A track San Jose
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Johnny's Harborside
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Harbor beach
Car: recommended

Twin Lakes beach is just a 3 min. walk away. Take the family to the beach for a bonfire. Fire Rings provided. Walk to the harbor and catch a dinner cruise on the sailboat Chardonnay. The Wednesday evening 5-7 pm. sailboat regatta is always a beautiful sight. Walk to the Crows Nest for dinner, dancing or a Sunday night comedian. Close to the boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum as well. The Ricketts' Retreat is the perfect family beach rental.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

****Rates subject to change until time of booking. Major holidays ( Thanksgiving, Christmas) are 5 nights minimum at high season rates. Long weekend holidays (memorial day, laborday etc) are 3 nights minimum at high season rates.******

Manager'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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