Holiday rentals in Santa Cruz

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Best holiday rental deals in Santa Cruz

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e.g. 12/10 - 19/10
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £242 £368
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5.0
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-39%
e.g. 21/09 - 28/09
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £312 £510
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-38%
e.g. 14/12 - 21/12
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £119 £192
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4.9
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Browse 873 holiday lettings listed in Santa Cruz and discover a great home for a relaxing holiday. By comparing these different offers, HomeToGo highlights the lowest prices and the highest rated lettings in Santa Cruz.

Recommended holiday lettings in Santa Cruz

Rent a holiday home, apartment or cottage in Santa Cruz from just £38 per night

Apartment ∙ 2 guests
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £116
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House ∙ 4 guests
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £75
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5.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £102
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4.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £132
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £81
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4.5
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Bungalow ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £93
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5.0
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House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £102
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5.0
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Caravan ∙ 2 guests
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £98
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5.0
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House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £131
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5.0
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Most popular holiday lettings with a fireplace

Fireplace
Private room ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £38
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5.0
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Fireplace
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £126
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4.5
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Fireplace
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £514
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Top holiday lettings with fishing spots nearby

Fishing
House ∙ 2 guests
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £118
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4.8
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Fishing
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £554
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4.4
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Fishing
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £315
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5.0
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Recommended pet-friendly holiday lettings

Pet-friendly
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £90
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5.0
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Pet-friendly
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £308
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5.0
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Pet-friendly
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States
from £340
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5.0
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Popular holiday rental amenities in Santa Cruz

  • Internet (936)
  • Kitchen (841)
  • TV (740)
  • Washer (652)
  • Microwave (537)
  • BBQ (386)
  • Dishwasher (383)
  • Fireplace (348)
  • Garden (344)
  • No smoking (321)
  • Parking (263)
  • Pet allowed (210)

Price and Availability Index for Santa Cruz

Holiday Letting Price Information in Santa Cruz

We summarised price information data in the above graph to give you more insights into prices in Santa Cruz. £381 is the highest price average in the next twelve months. On average, the most interesting prices are in one week in September (28/09 - 05/10), when the average price is only £281 per night.

Holiday Home Availability Information in Santa Cruz

Our availability graph helps you identify the busiest months in Santa Cruz. So far, the week with the least available rentals in Santa Cruz is in July (27/07 - 03/08). More properties are available during one week of October (26/10 - 02/11), when the booking rate is only 26%.

The Weather in Santa Cruz

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Here is our climate diagram for Santa Cruz. During September, maximum temperatures climb above 25°. In contrast, the coolest month is January. The rainiest month is March, while the driest month is June.

Accommodation options in Santa Cruz

In Santa Cruz, more than half of the property types in Santa Cruz are house rentals, which represent 50.9% of the listed properties. The average size of house rentals in Santa Cruz is 155 m², with an average price of £372 a night. Furthermore, these rentals are a great option if you're going in a group of 6, as that is the average number of holidaymakers that house rentals are able to welcome in Santa Cruz. You could also look at other types of accommodation in Santa Cruz. Hotel rooms are another popular accommodation type in Santa Cruz, with 172 offers listed. Hotel rooms have an average size of 31 m² in Santa Cruz.

Sun, surf and sand await at your Santa Cruz holiday letting

A university town, Santa Cruz is a popular weekend spot with students taking a well-deserved break here, but the laid-back locals also make it a memorable destination. Several nearby beaches have often been referred to as the finest in the Western Hemisphere — how's that for a reason to visit? Book your Santa Cruz holiday letting for a date in paradise!

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Getting There

Flying in

Although the nearest major airport to Santa Cruz is in San Jose (SJC), travellers often land at the airports of San Francisco and Oakland. A taxi or letting car is the quickest way to get to your Santa Cruz holiday letting .

Food & Drink

Dining out

Santa Cruz offers visitors a range of international cuisines to choose from. While here, profit from the ocean-front restaurants and lounge bars that offer prolific coastal views. Santa Cruz's laid-back vibes are best-experienced at the Asian Rose Cafe which serves vegan, Californian and Sri Lankan cuisine. For Thai-Vietnamese fusion under ambient lamps and shimmery lights, Charlie Hong Kong awaits. El Palomar and Jalapeños Taqueria dish out Mexican staples such as tortillas and tacos with finesse. Or you can pick up Chinese takeaway for later at your Santa Cruz holiday lettings.

For a fun night out, Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz is the place to go; this stretch has a number of bars and clubs.

Weather & Climate

A good time to visit

Summer is the undisputed peak season, however your Santa Cruz holiday lettings will need to be booked well in advance. Winter is a nicer time to visit and have the beach to yourself, as it never really gets cold here. Moreover, you're assured discounts on your Santa Cruz holiday homes, not to mention peace and quiet. The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn when colours change are recommended for nature lovers.

Attractions

Things to do and see

The pedestrian-friendly downtown strip enjoys its proximity to the beach, and is perfect for a family stroll after dusk. Downtown Santa Cruz regales with its people-watching opportunities, restaurants with global cuisine, cool indie shops and clubs. The city's star attraction is the Beach Boardwalk, which is the only original boardwalk amusement park still in use on the West Coast. Municipal Wharf meanwhile is a great viewing point for the sea lions and pelicans. During winter, stop by Steamers Lane and watch the surfers and sea lions doing their bit to impress cheering onlookers.

Popular with tourists, the Mystery Spot is a visual illusion–based attraction that calls itself a 'gravitational anomaly' for the strange phenomena that take place here. See for yourselves and decide! A hike up to the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) will fetch you stunning bay views, redwood forests and the UCSC Arboretum. Rejuvenate at the clothing-optional family spa Kiva Retreat House, and unwind in your Santa Cruz holiday homes.

Art & Culture

Art and culture

For a lowdown on the surfing culture from 1885 until the present day, come visit the Surfing Museum. For families, the Seymour Marine Discovery Centre beckons with its native aquatic species in glass tanks, the dolphin-sighting area and terrific views of Monterey Bay after dusk.

Classic rock fans should check out the Grateful Dead Exhibit, which comprises an impressive collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the group. Jazz, bluegrass, folk, Celtic and world music enthusiasts should catch a gig at the Kuumbwa Jazz Centre.

Local Attractions

Excursion destinations

The kids will love the Delaveaga Disk Golf Course, which offers free entry and superb views. Next is the oldest state park in California, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Año Nuevo State Park is home to one of the highest populations of elephant seals. The Natural Bridges State Beach thrills with its monarch butterflies and windsurfing opportunities, while the heavily-forested Henry Cowell State Park boasts the San Lorenzo River that flows through it.

Watersports enthusiasts should definitely indulge in some surfing, sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding in Santa Cruz. Mountain biking is a popular activity in the Santa Cruz mountains — note that some inclines can get steep.

Local Events

Regular events

The Santa Cruz Blues Festival in May attracts crowds from all over the state for its impressive lineup. Every fall, artists open their studios for a few weeks to the general public as part of the 'Open Studios Art Tour'.

Discover all aspects of surf culture at the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival held each September. Every Sunday, all year round, salsa enthusiasts dance up a storm at the boardwalk with Salsa By The Sea.

It is easy to see how Santa Cruz welcomes those of all tastes and sensibilities. Book your Santa Cruz holiday letting and gear up for a fun holiday.

Sights & things to do in Santa Cruz

Creating memories in Santa Cruz

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Centre

Overlooking the ocean, this hyper-modern building houses an exciting interactive marine animal sanctuary. Exploring the exhibits and marine inhabitants is rewarding for the whole family.

Seymour Marine Discovery Centre

Make friends with a shark, learn about what scientists do, and enjoy views of the famous Monterey Bay at this centre which is part of the University of California.

Mystery Spot

A supposed gravitational anomaly, this area has seen strange things happening ever since there have been people to observe them. Visit for quirky visual illusions and lots of fun.

Santa Cruz Wharf

Head to this lively wharf for great shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It's also the starting point for various water sports and boat tours.

Natural Bridges State Beach

Monarch butterflies flood this stunning beach from the end of October until January. It's a natural wonder the family won't forget in a hurry.

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