Destination guide

Travel to lively Santa Cruz

Enjoy the live music and other features of Santa Cruz. Travelers to this walkable city praise the sporting events, beaches and seaside. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Mystery Spot are just a couple of the must-sees. If you need more space to accommodate a family vacation or friends trip, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.

Activities

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 biking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Santa Cruz a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • 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)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Santa Cruz

Travelers enjoy Santa Cruz for its surfing. If you're planning a vacation around the weather, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 76°F.

Natural highlights

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 traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation 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 center:

  • 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)
Transport

How to get to and around Santa Cruz

The nearest airport is in Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), located 13.4 mi (21.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), which is 27.6 mi (44.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Santa Cruz?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 670 holiday lettings near Santa Cruz. From 415 Houses to 67 Cabins, 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:

  • Seabright: 166 holiday homes
  • Westside: 184 holiday homes
  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 224 holiday homes
  • Nobel: 19 holiday homes
  • Upper Seabright: 114 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:

  • Santa Cruz Wharf: 842 holiday lettings
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course: 827 holiday lettings
  • Pleasure Point Park: 850 holiday lettings
  • DeLaveaga Golf Course: 846 holiday lettings
  • Museum of Art & History: 847 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 415 Houses in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of Santa Cruz holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 67 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 67 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 67 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Condos/Apartments 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 65 holiday homes with pool available in Santa Cruz. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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