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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 traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2017

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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Crow's Nest Restaurant
Marianne's Ice Cream
The Giant Dipper
Mystery Spot
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
The Penny Ice Creamery
Harbor Cafe
Seabright Brewery
Betty Burgers
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
Aloha Island Grille
Walnut Avenue Cafe
Stagnaro Bros Seafood
Aldo's Restaurant
Verve Coffee Roasters
Twin Lakes State Beach
Crepe Place
Surfrider Cafe
Johnny's Harborside
Lillian's Italian Kitchen
Riva Fish House
Santa Cruz Diner
West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Shopper's Corner Inc
Monarch Butterfly Trail
Moran Lake Beach
Pizza My Heart
I Love Sushi & Tappen
Its Beach
Charlie Hong Kong
Las Olitas Cantina & Grill
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
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.


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 4.763158 based on 39 reviews

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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sacramento, ca

Cute little cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this cute little gem! It is on a quiet street that felt very safe to let our kids hang out and play. Great location with places to eat and a quick walk to the beach !

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Excellent "tiny house" with clean, functional, uncluttered layout. Good light from many windows and private jaccuzi out back. End of street location was quiet and nice and dark at night. Bed very good! I cooked fresh local fish (dockside market less than a block away!) and would have loved to have a larger fry pan available, but we made do. Nice walk to Walton's lighthouse across bridge and down the stairs. Definitely recommend

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175 + Tax
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

****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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