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Guesthouse in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest
Get back in touch with nature in a farmhouse-style property next to abundant woodlands and hiking trails. It's an airy, skylit space with honey-colored hardwood floors and a well-equipped kitchen. Bathe in a claw-foot tub and relax on a wooden porch. Please note that this house shares the property with the owners who live in the main house, and an Airstream. The property is also serviced by landscapers and pest services. You may see or hear any of these during your stay. This is our guest house located on the same property as our home (about 50 feet away). We also have an Airstream that friends and family stay in which is located on the property (also located about 50-100 feet away). If you're looking to get out of the city and be surrounded by nature, then look no further! There is wildlife all around, including deer, owls, hawks, and more! The home features all new furniture that has been carefully designed for relaxation and comfort. You can cook a delicious meal, enjoy a glass of wine in the gorgeous claw foot tub, and de-stress away from it all. You will have access to the entire guest house. We will give you your privacy but are right next door to help with anything needed :) The house is in the redwood area of Santa Cruz. Drive to downtown and the beach in a few minutes. It's close to the historic Mystery Spot, and is across the street from DeLaveaga Park with its great hiking trails. Branciforte Drive connects to all the main road and if very close to both highway 17 (takes about 30 minutes to get to San Jose) and highway 1 (takes about 10 minutes to all the sister beach towns, like Capitola).
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Cottage in Santa Cruz
Seabright Retreat: Walk to the Beach & Boardwalk
A lovely duplex situated at the end of a cul-de-sac in the sunny Seabright neighborhood, its easy to forget you’re in a city, when you can hear the waves and sea-lions barking from the front patio. At night you'll be surrounded by a star-studded sky, in a super quiet and safe location. Built in 1928 and fully modernized, this retreat is a stylish and fun light filled space. Walk to the beach (0.7 mi), Harbor (0.5) Boardwalk (1.1), downtown (1.5) , Rio Theater (0.5), UCSC (3) and so much more.
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Home in Santa Cruz
Kid-friendly Beach House; 5 minute walk to Beach
This charming beach bungalow is only ~500 steps from Twin Lakes/Black’s beach & a short walk to the SC harbor & Sunny Cove beach. Close to amazing SURFING breaks, including shortboarding down the block, & longboarding in Pleasure Point. Short drive to Beach Boardwalk and other beaches. Kids games, books and more. The home is newly remodeled & features new cabinets, counters, wood floors & stainless steel appliances. Fully fenced yard- perfect for families. Washer & Dryer in the garage.

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Stay near Santa Cruz's top sights

Santa Cruz Wharf143 locals recommend
West Cliff Drive193 locals recommend
Pacific Avenue88 locals recommend
Ocean View Park18 locals recommend
Trader Joe's165 locals recommend
Seymour Marine Discovery Center80 locals recommend

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Quick stats about holiday rentals in Santa Cruz

Total rentals

1.4K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

560 properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

80 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

350 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

810 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

114K reviews

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