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Destination guide

Travel to lively Santa Cruz

Enjoy the live music and other features of Santa Cruz. Travellers 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-see attractions. If you need more space to accommodate a family holiday or a trip with friends, 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 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)
Weather

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.

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 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)
How to get there

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 centre. 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.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Santa Cruz?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 678 holiday rentals around Santa Cruz. From 360 holiday houses to 56 cabins, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Santa Cruz is on Stayz.

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 rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Santa Cruz:

  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 252 holiday homes
  • Seabright: 165 holiday homes
  • Beach Hill / Beach Flats: 80 holiday homes
  • Westside: 182 holiday homes
  • Opal Cliffs: 292 holiday homes

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

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

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

  • Ocean Street: 858 holiday rentals
  • Cowell's Beach: 846 holiday rentals
  • Santa Cruz Harbor: 856 holiday rentals
  • Main Beach: 847 holiday rentals
  • Pacific Avenue: 853 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz listed on Stayz 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. Stayz offers 360 Houses in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of Santa Cruz holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 56 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 56 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 78 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows 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 127 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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