Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Santa Cruz, CA, US that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including pool and internet/wifi. Prices start at C$ 169 per night, and house rentals and condo and apartment rentals are popular options for a stay in Santa Cruz. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Travel to lively Santa Cruz

Enjoy the live music and other features of Santa Cruz. Travelers to this walkable city praise the sporting events, beaches and seaside. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Mystery Spot are just a couple of the must-sees. If you need more space to accommodate a family vacation or friends trip, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Santa Cruz

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? You'll be sure to enjoy Santa Cruz for its surfing and biking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Santa Cruz a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pasatiempo Golf Course (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • DeLaveaga Golf Course (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Roaring Camp Railroads (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Valley Gardens Golf Course (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Santa Cruz

Travelers enjoy Santa Cruz for its surfing. If you're planning a vacation around the weather, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 76°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an active traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Santa Cruz. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Main Beach (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Natural Bridges State Park (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Lighthouse Point Park (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Santa Cruz

The nearest airport is in Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), located 13.4 mi (21.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), which is 27.6 mi (44.5 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Santa Cruz?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 586 vacation rentals near Santa Cruz. From 432 house rentals to 76 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santa Cruz for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Cruz?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Cruz:

  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 209 vacation rentals
  • Westside Santa Cruz: 162 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Santa Cruz: 43 vacation rentals
  • Beach Hill - Beach Flats: 69 vacation rentals
  • Seabright: 149 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Cruz?

Vrbo Canada offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Cruz. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mission Santa Cruz: 747 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 431 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz Harbor: 759 vacation rentals
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center: 751 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History: 758 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz listed on Vrbo Canada where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santa Cruz?

Yes, of course. Vrbo Canada has 432 Houses in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 76 rentals available
  • Cottages: 48 rentals available
  • Cabins: 48 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 97 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Cruz. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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    Eastside Santa Cruz
    209 vacation rentals
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