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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Beachfront vacation rentals in Santa Cruz

There are 256 beachfront rentals near Santa Cruz for all manner or mood of traveling to the shoreline, availability of time off, and size of budget. So, if you are hoping for an affordable Santa Cruz Beach vacation, you can find 10% of the available rentals under $138/night. Or if you are willing to splurge on a luxury vacation in Santa Cruz, there are 26 between $711 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 near the beach to fit your California vacation needs. The most popular types of beachfront rentals in Santa Cruz are houses, hotels and apartments. Santa Cruz has been a frequently searched travel destination this year and continues to grow in popularity because of its beaches and other water activities. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of available beach vacation rentals from leading travel sites like VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner), Homeaway,, and many more. Search your travel dates to find available Santa Cruz vacation homes for your beach 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.

More 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:
- Oceanfront256 vacation rentals
- Beach256 vacation rentals
- House183 vacation rentals
- Hotel37 vacation rentals
- Condo17 vacation rentals
- Apartment17 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: 80 vacation rentals
- Lighthouse Point: 55 vacation rentals
- Natural Bridges State Beach: 12 vacation rentals