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Vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

There are 624 vacation rentals near Santa Cruz for all manner or mood of travel, availability of time off, and size of budget. So, if you are hoping for an affordable Santa Cruz vacation, you can find 10% rentals under $85/night. Or if you are willing to splurge on a luxury vacation in Santa Cruz, there are 62 between $551 and $2,082/night. Whether you are sleeping by yourself or with a significant other, or are travelling with a group of 69 there are short term home and apartment rentals in Santa Cruz to fit your California vacation needs. The most popular types of short-term rental homes in Santa Cruz are houses, private rooms and apartments. Santa Cruz has been a frequently searched travel destination this year and continues to grow in popularity. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of vacation rental availability from leading travel sites like VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner), Homeaway, Booking.com, and many more. Search your travel dates to find available Santa Cruz vacation homes for your trip.

Where is Santa Cruz

Whether you are a surfer, a shopper, an outdoor enthusiast or a family looking for a sunny getaway, Santa Cruz, California, located on the northern side of Monterey Bay, offers something for everyone. If you're short on time, focus on a few areas of town for a fantastic trip.

Quick Guide to Santa Cruz

For an enjoyable Santa Cruz vacation, check out these must-see destinations.
  • The Boardwalk: Families looking for a day (or two) of fun always find something to do at The Boardwalk. Just steps from downtown on Santa Cruz Beach, this iconic attraction features an amusement park, an arcade, miniature golf, and delicious carnival-style treats.
  • Downtown Santa Cruz: The charming downtown area in Santa Cruz serves up scrumptious restaurant fare and lots of local shops, galleries, museums, and music venues. Creative types enjoy a trip to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.
  • Seabright Beach: This long strip of beach extends between the boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Harbor. The area on and around the beach offers a lively nighttime scene, from beach bonfires to crowded bars and breweries.

Home-types in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Santa Cruz:
- Oceanfront624 vacation rentals
- Beach624 vacation rentals
- House403 vacation rentals
- Private Room94 vacation rentals
- Condo74 vacation rentals
- Apartment74 vacation rentals
- Hotel36 vacation rentals

Points of interests in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Santa Cruz:
- Santa Cruz Wharf: 162 vacation rentals
- Lighthouse Point: 93 vacation rentals
- Natural Bridges State Beach: 22 vacation rentals
- The Mystery Spot: 6 vacation rentals
- UC Santa Cruz Arboretum: 5 vacation rentals