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Santa Cruz Rentals


Beach House Rentals in Santa Cruz and Capitola

Santa Cruz County is your not-so-typical West Coast beach town. It’s situated a little over an hour south of San Francisco, forty minutes north of Monterey and Carmel, and in the middle of the gorgeous Central Coast. The beautiful beaches, breathtaking redwood forests, amazing cuisine, outdoor recreation, and burgeoning beer and wine culture make it one of the most highly sought vacation spots.

Whether you’re coming for the surf, the amazing seasonal events year round, the family- friendly Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the unique shops and restaurants on Pacific Ave. and beyond, you’re in for an unforgettable experience.

Santa Cruz is truly coastal living at its best. Slow down, relax, and embrace the beach lifestyle. Browse and book Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals direct for the best rate guaranteed.
Beachnest is also partnering with Beach House Rentals in the Santa Cruz area through our member network, CaliStays.com, so that when you are looking to visit the area you can now browse from a larger selection of homes in the Santa Cruz, Capitola and Aptos area.

Browse a selection of vacation rentals vacation rentals in Santa Cruz area below.

Located on the sand and within a gated community at Seacliff State Beach – this oceanfront single-level home is well suited for any kind of getaway!

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Charming duet home in the heart of Aptos. This private enclave is walking distance to the beach, and has everything you need to feel right at home!

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  • Aptos

Welcome to the Twin Lakes Beach House located across the street from Twin Lakes Beach and in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.

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This is beachfront living at its best, with wrap around decks facing the Pacific - and dramatic Monterey Bay views from nearly every room in the house.

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Oceanfront Executive Level Home, Across from Privates Beach with Hot Tub and Fireplace. Centrally Located. Walk to Pleasure Point, Capitola Village, Restaurants, Shops and More.

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Family Friendly Beachfront Home.  Direct Beach Access.  Walk to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, the Boardwalk, Shops, Restaurants and More.

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This “Santa Cruz Best Views” location boasts a panorama of the famously photographed Walton lighthouse, Yacht Harbor, Boardwalk, and Municipal Wharf. 

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  • Twin Lakes

Sunny Apartment located in the Heart of Capitola!  Steps to the Beach, Shopping, Restaurants and More!

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  • Capitola Village

This 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home is located in the heart of Rio Del Mar in Aptos, and is just 4 houses from the beach path leading down to Rio Del Mar Beach!

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Romantic Retreat, Beachfront Cottage, Stellar Location.  The Beach is your backyard, Walk to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, the Crow's Nest Restaurant and more. 

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Located in the quite secluded neighborhood of La Selva Beach. The Holiday Cottage is a 2-3 minute drive or 15 min walk to Manresa beach, and  in the heart of flower growing country

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Ocean Views, Pet Friendly, Executive Level Vacation Rental.  Walking Distance to Marianne's Ice Cream, Seacliff Beach and more.

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Welcome to the two bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, pet-friendly "Dolphin Cottage" with enclosed courtyard in a lovely landscaped complex in a great location of Aptos

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Pet Friendly and Family Friendly Home, Rooftop deck with views of Schwan Lagoon.  Centrally Located.  Walk to the Twin Lakes Beach, the Yacht Harbor, the Beach Boardwalk and More!

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Cozy Lakeside Retreat.  Easily walk to Twin Lakes Beach, the Yacht Harbor, Shops, Restaurants and More

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This oceanfront 3 bedroom/ 2 bathroom single-level home is across the street from the sand at Twin Lakes Beach and in the located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.

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Located on highly desirable Lake Avenue, and just a stone’s throw from the shops and restaurants located at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor!

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Family Friendly Stylish Home in the Capitola Village, Walk to the Beach, the Capitola Wharf, Shadowbrook Restaurant and More!

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A Sunny and Cheerful Home near Natural Bridges State Park. Welcome to the Mitchell’s Cove Beach House located on the sunny Westside of Santa Cruz!

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An executive level home situated between the desirable Opal Cliff area of Pleasure Point and the charming Capitola Village. Equipped with views overlooking the entire Monterey Bay!

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Come experience Tommy Bahama vacationing in your own ocean view oasis just 22 steps to Twin Lakes Beach !

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The Surfer's Paradise is a 2 bedroom/ 1 bathroom single-level updated home located on the West Side of Santa Cruz, directly across from Lighthouse Field State Beach.

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Welcome to O'Hana - a taste of Hawaii in Santa Cruz! This is a beautiful single level 3 bedroom, 3 bath house featuring a beautiful back yard and hot tub.

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Located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor is a sunny two-story home, fully furnished with views of the ocean, Walton Lighthouse and Yacht Harbor.

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IDEAL FAMILY VACATION HOUSE IN SANTA CRUZ.  WALK TO NATURAL BRIDGES, SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS ON THE HAPPENING WEST SIDE.

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Pet Friendly and Family Friendly Home, Close to the Beach with Fireplace. Centrally Located. Walk to Twin Lakes Beach, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Yacht Harbor, Restaurants and More

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Views of 26th Avenue Beach, Pleasure Point and Sunny Cove!  Walking Distance to Multiple Surf Spots, the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, Restaurants and More!

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A PIECE OF PARADISE IN PLEASURE POINT!  3 MINUTE WALK TO SURF, STUNNING VIEWS, IDEAL LOCATION, PRIVATE AND QUIET.

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Cute & Cozy Beach Bungalow.  Walk to Twin Lakes Beach and the Yacht Harbor.  Pet Friendly.

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The Casa De La Contenta boasts one of the most breathtaking views in all of Santa Cruz County with unobstructed views of the entire Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.

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amily and Pet Friendly Home, Big Ocean View, Steps to the Seacliff Beach.   Firepit and Outdoor Seating. Centrally Located. Walk to Seacliff Beach, Rio Del Mar Beach and More.

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Welcome to the Sunset Cottage overlooking Twin Lakes Beach!

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Exceptional, two-story, oceanfront home in the Capitola Village overlooking the Capitola Wharf!

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Just three blocks from the Beach! Newly remodeled, two-story, pet friendly home!

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Steps to Twin Lakes Beach and the Crow's Nest Restaurant.  Walk to shops and the Boardwalk and more.

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Centrally Located Contemporary & Updated Home, Big Great Room with Fireplace. Gated Driveway with Backyard Retreat.

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This delightful 3 bedroom/2 bathroom two-story, pet friendly home is new to the rental market and features huge ocean views of the Monterey Bay!

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Luxurious Beach Home with Unobstructed Ocean Views.  Family-Friendly.  Tranquil Backyard with Pond and Firepit.  Beach Path across the Street.

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Sunny Apartment located in the Heart of Capitola!  Steps to the Beach, Shopping, Restaurants and More!

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  • Capitola Village