Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Santa Cruz, CA 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 swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $149 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Santa Cruz. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Top rated rentals — Santa Cruz
Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Santa Cruz

Enjoy the entertainment and other features of Santa Cruz. This walkable city is known for its beaches, sporting events and seaside. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Santa Cruz

Do you want to find attractions to visit in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like surfing, camping and biking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Santa Cruz has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Roaring Camp Railroads (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
  • Seascape Golf Club (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Mount Madonna Center (15.9 mi / 25.5 km)
  • Testarossa Winery (16.5 mi / 26.5 km)

Seasonal weather in Santa Cruz

Travelers speak highly of Santa Cruz for its surfing. If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, September, June and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 64°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Santa Cruz

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Santa Cruz is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monterey Bay (13 mi / 20.9 km)
  • Main Beach (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Santa Cruz Main Beach (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Twin Lakes State Beach (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Sunny Cove Beach (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Santa Cruz

The nearest airport is in Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC), located 27.6 mi (44.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), which is 13.4 mi (21.6 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Santa Cruz?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now it wants to take a vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and head to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Santa Cruz:

  • Around 2 miles from the center of Santa Cruz, you'll love staying at "Beach Lovers Retreat". It has 2 bedrooms and a range of conveniences like a fenced yard and games.
  • Alternatively, make yourself comfy at "Fantastic Views, Beach Front Condo". Around 4 miles from the heart of Santa Cruz, it has 2 bedrooms and comes with a beach and towels.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Santa Cruz vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Santa Cruz?

Escape the treadmill of daily life at one of our weekend getaways in or near Santa Cruz. Whether you want to catch up with friends or spend precious time with the kids, there'll be something to suit your style. Here are a few places we think you'll love:

  • "Beachfront Condo With Amazing Views" is perfect for a weekend of R&R. It offers convenient amenities, such as a nearby beach and nearby whale-watching activities, and is located 13 miles to the southeast of Santa Cruz.
  • Alternatively, create memories with your crew at "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom", which is around 10 miles to the east of Santa Cruz. You'll have use of a nearby waterfront, free toiletries and more here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can. If you'd like a simple but stylish stay, you can't beat a studio apartment. These compact properties exude charm and are often conveniently placed in the heart of town. We suggest the following options in or near Santa Cruz:

  • One of our top picks is "Shangrila Pajaro Dunes Ocean Front Condo Between Santa Cruz And Monterey". Book a few nights or longer at this popular apartment and you'll have access to heating and outdoor furniture.
  • Alternatively, use "Ocean Front Condo With Wonderful 180 Degree View From Santa Cruz To Monterey" as a base to discover the top attractions around you. This comfy home away from home comes with towels, free toiletries and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Santa Cruz?

From affordable apartments to extravagant houses, Vrbo has your vacation sorted. Here are some of our most popular picks in and around Santa Cruz:

  • If you can only spare a night or two, "Charming And Private Santa Cruz Cottage 3 Blocks From The Beach" is a good choice. It's not far from the center of Santa Cruz, so you'll have easy access to lots of attractions.
  • Another great choice is "Delightfully Remodeled Beach Cottage With Ocean Views". Gather your nearest and dearest and enjoy a comfortable stay near the heart of Santa Cruz.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Santa Cruz?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend escape. If you're longing to spend a couple of relaxing nights away with your significant other, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Santa Cruz that will get your heart racing:

  • Slip away on Friday for a couple of passion-filled evenings at "Beach Lovers Retreat". Located roughly 2 miles from Santa Cruz, this property comes with plenty of nice touches, including a fireplace and a dining table.
  • "Fantastic Views, Beach Front Condo" is another terrific option that'll impress. It's approximately 4 miles from Santa Cruz and has a dining table and a restaurant dining guide.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Santa Cruz?

Big groups mean a whole lot of fun. They also mean finding a place that'll easily fit your entire squad. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Santa Cruz and get everybody together under one roof:

  • You'll have enough space to spread out at "Sweeping Ocean Views. . . Steps From Sandy Beaches". Around 2 miles southeast of Santa Cruz, this generously sized property has 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 12 guests. Quality amenities include an ocean view and a fireplace.
  • Nothing is more important than being with the people you love, and "Villa De Las Palmas - Walking Distance To Santa Cruz's Best" is the ideal place to do that. Located around 1 mile to the south of Santa Cruz, as many as 14 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 6 bedrooms. A kitchen and a garden are among the many amenities here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Santa Cruz?

Nothing says fun times like a pool. Dig out your inflatable swan and browse these rental houses in or near Santa Cruz that feature this vacation perk:

  • Round up your gang and enjoy an unforgettable stay at "At The Beach Insanely Great Beach House". There's a lot to love about this escape besides its pool, such as nearby whale-watching activities and a toaster.
  • "Cool Off And Relax @ 26th Ave Beach House" is the kind of place you go to get away from the everyday and enjoy your surroundings, starting with its glorious pool. Towels and a stereo are also on hand to make your visit as comfy as possible.

Unsure how to pack your suitcase for your Santa Cruz escape? This leading destination has a mediterranean climate. In summer, you can expect average temperatures of between 55 ºF and 75 ºF. Look up our selection of Santa Cruz vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more ideas about where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Santa Cruz?

Every catch-up with the family should be memorable. Whether you're organizing a break with the kids or a party with relatives, our large family vacation rentals in or near Santa Cruz offer a home away from home with ample space for everyone:

  • Sleeping as many as 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom" is the ideal place to vacation with the family. This top-rated escape is 10 miles to the east of Santa Cruz and has creature comforts such as a theme park and beach sun loungers.
  • "Want To Get Away But Not Ready To Get On A Plane" is also popular with families. It's around 2 miles to the southeast of Santa Cruz, has 3 bedrooms and accommodates up to 8 guests. Handy amenities here include a DVD player and books.

If you're eager to visit some family-friendly attractions in the area, you're spoiled for choice. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Pacific Avenue promise lots of fun for young and old.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Santa Cruz?

Escape from everyday life and treat your loved ones to a different kind of vacation. Stay in one of these family cabins in or near Santa Cruz and get the camping experience — but with all the creature comforts!

  • "Cabin - Modern - Rustic Mountain Getaway With Cozy Features" - Approximately 9 miles north of the center of Santa Cruz, this family-friendly retreat offers amenities like books and cable/satellite TV services.
  • "Bear Creek Cabin 100% Secluded Disinfected Refuge" - Gather up the troops and spend a few nights or more at this inviting stay, which is around 14 miles to the north of Santa Cruz. You'll have access to coffee and tea making facilities, nearby birdwatching activities and a good deal more.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Santa Cruz vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Santa Cruz?

Often situated in sought-after positions due to their smaller size, a one-bedroom vacation rental is a wise pick if you're traveling solo or with one other person. Here's a quick taste of Vrbo's range in or near Santa Cruz:

  • Reserve "West Cliff Hideaway ~ 1 Bedroom, Fast Wifi" for a couple of days. This one-bedroom rental property offers guests a kitchen and an ocean view and is nice and close to the center.
  • Also within easy reach of the center of Santa Cruz, "Dream Of Country House" is another popular one-bedroom option. After a day of exploring, come home and enjoy a fireplace and a garden.

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