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Destination guide

Travel to lively Santa Cruz

Enjoy the live music and other features of Santa Cruz. Travellers 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-see attractions. If you need more space to accommodate a family holiday or a trip with friends, 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 cycling. Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Santa Cruz a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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

Travellers enjoy Santa Cruz for its surfing. If you're planning a holiday around the weather, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 25°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 traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday 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 centre:

  • 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 centre. 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 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 573 vacation rentals near Santa Cruz. From 79 flats & apartments to 50 cottages, 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:

  • Westside Santa Cruz: 159 vacation rentals
  • Upper Seabright: 104 vacation rentals
  • Beach Hill - Beach Flats: 72 vacation rentals
  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 211 vacation rentals
  • Seabright: 147 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 UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Cruz. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History: 740 vacation rentals
  • Mystery Spot: 750 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 435 vacation rentals
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center: 736 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: 738 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz listed on Vrbo UK 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 Flats in Santa Cruz?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 79 Flats in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz include:

  • Cottages: 50 rentals available
  • Houses: 433 rentals available
  • Cabins: 50 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows 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 78 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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