Where to stay around Santa Cruz?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 639 holiday lettings near Santa Cruz. From 409 houses to 51 condos, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Santa Cruz is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Santa Cruz?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Santa Cruz:

  • Opal Cliffs: 97 holiday homes
  • Bananna Belt: 18 holiday homes
  • Seabright: 125 holiday homes
  • Beach and Boardwalk District: 97 holiday homes
  • Circles: 62 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Santa Cruz?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Santa Cruz. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Pleasure Point Beach: 787 holiday lettings
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center: 782 holiday lettings
  • Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse: 780 holiday lettings
  • Wilder Ranch State Park: 748 holiday lettings
  • University of California Santa Cruz: 777 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent houses in Santa Cruz?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 409 houses in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of Santa Cruz holiday rentals include:

  • Condos: 51 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 50 self catering accommodations
  • Apartments: 18 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 60 holiday homes with pool available in Santa Cruz. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

    A holiday rental home in Santa Cruz, California is a wonderful choice for your next holiday to the United States

    There are many great reasons to choose Santa Cruz for your next holiday including gorgeous beaches and plenty of interesting attractions. A holiday rental home in Santa Cruz will put you close to many of the most popular attractions and you might be just steps from the lovely shore.

    Things to Do on Holiday to Santa Cruz, California

    Without a doubt the beach provides the backdrop for the most popular activities in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is one of the best surfing destinations in the world, and surfers come from near and far to enjoy the huge waves. Surfing competitions are often held here. Sailing, diving and paddling are other popular beach activities.

    Places to Visit on Holiday to Santa Cruz, California

    There is so much to see whilst on holiday to Santa Cruz that you probably won’t be able to see it all in just one visit. One of the most popular attractions is the Boardwalk Amusement Park. This has been a fixture at the seaside for decades. It is home to the Looff Carousel which has been delighting visitors since 1911. The Mystery Spot bills itself as a “gravitational anomaly”. You will feel a bit off balance when you visit this house and see things that you won’t see anywhere else. Natural Bridge State Park is a lovely place to spend an afternoon and just enjoy spending some time out of doors. There are also a number of museums including the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, The Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art and History.

    Weather in Santa Cruz, California

    Winters in Santa Cruz are very mild and the summers and pleasant and sunny. During the winter, the average low temperatures are between 5° and 7° C and the average highs are between 17° and 19° C. During the spring, the average low temperatures are between 8° and 9° C and the highs are between 21° and 22° C. During the summer, the average lows are 11° to 12° C and average highs are 23° to 24° C. There is very little rain in the summer with between .3 and 5 mm each month. During the winter, there is between 144 and 165 mm of rain per month.

    Travel to Santa Cruz, California

    The closest airport to Santa Cruz is San Jose International Airport (SJC), located 43 km away. Other options include Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), located 47 km from Santa Cruz and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is 77 km away. It is recommended that you have a car for use during your stay.

    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)

    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.

    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)