The 12 Best Airbnbs In Santa Cruz, California

February 19, 2021
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If you’re looking for the best Airbnbs in Santa Cruz, you’ve come to the right place. We combed through thousands of Airbnb listings in Santa Cruz and the surrounding area to find the homes with the best amenities and the most positive reviews at the lowest prices.

#1 Gated Estate House in Santa Cruz With Views of the Boardwalk

8 Guests | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms

Book Now: $860 per night, airbnb.com

This bright and airy home is a godsend for two families travelling together who want to make the most of their trip to Santa Cruz. Offering gorgeous interior design with many modern as well as vintage touches here and there, it’s a place you won’t want to miss. With an industrial chef’s kitchen that even includes an indoor fireplace with a grill, it’s a great place to whip up a feast in no time flat.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Lounge in a Le Corbusier chair in a bay window with a relaxing view overlooking a green landscape. Many luxury appointments have been made in this rambling, renovated Italianate house, including flooring, fireplaces, and an impressive chef's kitchen.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer

Guest Reviews

“I would totally stay here again. The house was a 10 minute walk to the beach, spacious parking, and absolutely lovely home. The kitchen had 2 sinks which made it optimal to cook.” – Choi
“Great place to stay, so close to everything from the boardwalk to the grocery stores etc.” – Jesse
“Great location in Santa Cruz. A easy walk to the boardwalk, and a very convenient park located at the end of the street (open space, kids playground, basketball court). The house is thoughtfully decorated and designed.” – Yosup
“Beautiful, (Hidden by Airbnb) worthy spot” – Audrey
“This house is absolutely stunning! Camille has done an amazing job bringing this gorgeous turn of the century home into a modern masterpiece while maintaining the integrity of is original beauty.” – Steve

#2 Welcome to Harbor House – Your Favorite Home at the Beach

4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $180 per night, airbnb.com

A home that Is a destination in itself for two couples looking to get away from it all is waiting in Santa Cruz. The beach is only a couple of blocks away and you can reach it on foot. You’ll also have lots of dining options nearby for you all to take your palates for a spin. This will be a trip the four of you will be reminiscing for years to come.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Prepare to enjoy this retreat close to the ocean with warm light and comfortable furnishings. Relax and experience a beautiful sense of calm from this quiet retreat. This home is completed by a stained-glass motif on the front door and maritime themed art. New this year 2020!”

Amenities

Free parking on premises | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Heating

Guest Reviews

“We loved our stay, which was unfortunately cut short by a neighboring forest fire. Aaron was extremely accommodating and provided us a refund for the nights we cancelled.” – Jason
“Aaron's place was fantastic & exactly as listed. Short walk to the beach or the downtown strip. The large deck was great for relaxing outside.” – Richard
“This place is perfect! Walking distance to the beach and very cozy. Everything was very clean.” – Jarius
“I cannot recommend Aaron and Michael’s place enough! I was a bit unsure what I was getting with an “A Plus” booking but once I arrived it was quite clear. It’s in the DETAILS!” – Brionna
“Perfect location and a perfect Airbnb stay for a group of 2 to 4, though it can accommodate up to 6. The interiors are wonderful and breezy, has a beach town vibe to it. The hosts were thoughtful and ensured to respond and cater to our needs at every point from check in to check out.” – Heeral

#3 Romantic & Historic Spanish Style Home with Bicycles For Two

2 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $250 per night, airbnb.com

Revive the spark in your relationship by surprising your beloved spouse to a romantic weekend getaway to Santa Cruz and stay at this charming and colourful abode for two. What better way to celebrate a 50th anniversary than to spend quality time together enjoying a glass of fine red in a porch covered with vines? If you’ve never done so before, it’s about time you did now!

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Curl up with a book in your red leather armchair in your beautiful living room featuring down, Restoration Hardware furnishings and a gas burning fireplace. In the evening, take a seat on your patio beneath a leafy pergola and enjoy a cold drink at this historic, Spanish-style home. The Apartment is private and completely separate from the main house. You will have your own separate entrance and patio area with a peak of the ocean; we look forward to hosting you!”

Amenities

Kitchenette | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Indoor fireplace | Room-darkening shades | Heating | Beach essentials

Guest Reviews

“This is a great location that is spacious and elegant with lots of thoughtful, beautiful, and delightful small touches. I was thrilled with the kitchen amenities, the superb choices of furniture and art, and the well-chosen library books.” – Gordon
“The apartment was wonderful, and in a great location! Internet was fast enough for remote work (zoom calls), and the apartment was super comfortable.” – Nick
“We had a marvelous stay at Jenna's! She has impeccable taste and the cottage was a dream. The kitchen is stocked with everything you need and we were charmed by all the thoughtful details.” – Sandra
“Beautiful spot in Santa Cruz. Important to note that it costs an extra $150 which is collected on the day you check in. Apparently it’s some sort of city fee, but I wish it was listed in the Airbnb fees up front.” – Caroline
“Jenna and Gavin's place gets 5 stars across the board from us! This spot has everything you'll need and then some. The bikes are a great added bonus, and make exploring Santa Cruz easy and very fun.” – Molly
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#4 Walk to the Beach From an Elegant Vacation Home With a BBQ

6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Book Now: $470 per night, airbnb.com

Equipped with everything you could need for a beach vacation accompanied by your spouse and 4 children, this vacation rental is a little piece of heaven on Earth. Let your older kids take the youngsters to the beach (which is within walking distance) and stay home to romance your better half as you share some alone time in the gorgeous hot tub just for the two of you.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Enjoy a backyard patio oasis & hot tub for 6 —or discover a romantic table for 2 on a bedroom balcony. Wake up & cook a family breakfast in a chic gourmet kitchen. Push open stacking doors in good weather to double the main floor seating options.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer

Guest Reviews

“Beautiful place to stay while in Santa Cruz.” – Amy
“Great place ! Helpful Hosts! Would love to come back.” – Yezmene
“This place is very ideal for a staycation. It is cozy and close to a beach. The host was also very friendly and provide detailed information. :-)” – Darren
“Lovely in every way and location is great” – Clio
“Carolyn's place had everything you need for a relaxing weekend – beach towels, well stocked kitchen, music player/TV, and hot tub.” – Jenny

#5 Cozy Pied-a-Terre in Downtown Santa Cruz

2 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $190 per night, airbnb.com

The ideal stay for a minimoon in Santa Cruz is only a click away and it comes fully equipped with a plush queen bed, a kitchen, a charming backyard with a hammock and an unbeatable location near the San Lorenzo River as well as the Santa Cruz Beach. You won’t want to miss this cozy and cute apartment built for two that you’ll never forget.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Wake up feeling inspired by the cheerful interior of this bright home. The space features vaulted ceilings, a white and wood interior aesthetic, rich textures, contrasting patterns, pops of color, and access to a shared bamboo-lined backyard. Breathe, Remember, Return…”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Kitchen | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Room-darkening shades | Heating

Guest Reviews

“The Airbnb was beautiful and clean and we enjoyed how lovely the home was decorated. You could truly relax in the space. The check-in was very easy and detailed.” – Sarah
“We loved our time in Santa Cruz and Dianne's place was our little home away from home. Beautifully decorated and very comfy. There was street parking available with a permit but sometimes it was still hard to find a spot on the street.” – Relax
“Dianne’s place was sparkling clean and conveniently located steps away from downtown Santa Cruz. Although we did not get to meet Dianne, she made sure that our stay would be comfortable.” – Patricia
“Dianne’s space was truly beautiful. Her attention to every small detail from decorating, to beautiful linens, to a very well stocked kitchen with organic coffee, grinder and sweeteners really made us feel at home. The little day bed was very comfortable.” – Marci
“A truly awesome place right in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. Minutes to the beach by foot. Right in the heart of the action when it comes to shopping and restaurants.” – Gregory

#6 Wave House by the Beach for Two!

2 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $270 per night, airbnb.com

Solo surfers or beachy couples pay attention! This charming blue-themed house with a full kitchen, an indoor fireplace and a lofted bedroom with a huge bed and a balcony won’t stay vacant for long. This is a highly rated, highly booked property that you just have to try for yourself.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Spacious house with a loft bedroom, bathroom with shower/bathtub, skylights, full kitchen, large living room and dining area. Lots of light. Two decks, yard, driveway and garage for parking.”

Amenities

Hot water | Shampoo | Hair dryer | Washer | Dryer | Bed linens | Extra pillows and blankets | Essentials | Hangers | Iron | TV | Heating

Guest Reviews

“We would not hesitate to recommend this stylish condo as a Santa Cruz holiday rental. It had all the desired amenities, was clean, comfortable, well located – and Kendal was the epitome of a “super-host.” – Diane”
“Well located private place, close to the water and other amenities. It was a comfortable home with nice touches like ample coffee and beverages. It was also great to have access to the garage.” – Blaire
“Great little beach house, central to everything, very close to boardwalk/pier. The place was clean and very welcoming with full kitchen and laundry, had a perfect place to stay for our trip. 10/10 would recommend.” – Luke
“Great location and very large space!” – Kristine
“Kendall is an amazing host and the house was beautiful! Check-in was a breeze and Kendall was very responsive to any questions we had during our stay. The house is very private but still has a beautiful view from upstairs of the sunrise and sunset.” – Richard
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#7 Quiet Santa Cruz Family Home

6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $230 per night, airbnb.com

Fancy a stag party in Santa Cruz? We’ve got you covered with this 3-bedroom home with vibrant yellows and deep blacks and an overall mid-century vibe that’s hard to ignore. Host your friends to a barbecue, invite some more people over and take advantage of all the space this place has to offer, including the outdoor dining table.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Our home is professionally cleaned after every visit. We want you to have peace of mind knowing the house is clean. Modern bright home mid town. Close to the highways, beaches, restaurants, bars and walking distance to downtown Santa Cruz.”

Amenities

Hot water | Shampoo | Hair dryer | Bathtub | Washer | Dryer | Room-darkening shades | Bed linens | Essentials | Hangers | Iron | TV

Guest Reviews

“Great place, close to everything, really loved it. Truly recommend” – Julien
“Clean house in a great location!” – Areian
“A great place.” – Covell
“Seanna’s place is amazing! perfect location and cutest place ever high recommend” – Rosella
“Absolutely loved our stay at this cute home! Thanks, Seanna!” – Millie

#8 Walk to the Beach and Boardwalk from the Seabright Serenity

4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $340 per night, airbnb.com

Mid-century-modern could be a way to describe the combination of straight modern lines and high-end electronics with pieces of vintage and colourful furniture. Every corner of this nice home makes it perfect to house a single family with several kids, so if that’s your case, don’t hesitate to book now!

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“In the coveted Seabright Beach area of Santa Cruz, this lovely home is set along one of the most charming coastral strips in California! This rental offers the quintessential California surf vacation, located in the desirable Seabright Beach area to the southeast of Santa Cruz; a bustling, booming little beach zone suitable for old and young alike! This two-bed one-bath PET-FRIENDLY unit is the bottom floor of a duplex.”

Amenities

Hot water | Body soap | Shampoo | Hair dryer | Washer | Bed linens | Extra pillows and blankets | Essentials | Hangers | Iron | TV | Cable TV

Guest Reviews

“My adult daughter and I and our 5 month old puppy had a great time at this house. It was sparkling clean and roomy inside. Excellent floor choice for allowing pets which meant no pet smells.” – Liz
“Great spot! Clean and great location. Thanks!” – Thomas
“Very nice unit in a great location. The rooms were large and nicely decorated. The kitchen was very functional.” – John
“This surf city airbnb was very clean upon arrival. Communication was very good and check-in was easy. The kitchen is a bit limited for cooking major meals but adequate for minor ones.” – Branden And Jennifer
“We loved our stay at the Surf City house. The home was spotlessly clean, roomy and bright. The furniture and beds were comfy; the bathroom towels were thick, soft and seemed brand new.” – Katie

#9 Charming Light-Filled Carriage House Apartment

4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $230 per night, airbnb.com

A small family with one or two children will find this Santa Cruz charmer a sight for sore eyes after a long day exploring the city or the nearby beaches. The parents can stay in their own room while the kids get to share a room. You’ll also appreciate having your own garage, so don’t hesitate any more and book it today!

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Our 1928 carriage house apartment is walking distance to the Boardwalk, beach, wharf, basketball stadium, and downtown. Cowells and Main Beaches, Steamers Lane, Boardwalk, wharf, and West Cliff Drive (path along the ocean) are all a quick 5 min walk from our house. The apartment is located in a private garden setting, away from the main street, behind our home. There is a separate dedicated garden space for you to use.”

Amenities

Hot water | Shower gel | Shampoo | Hair dryer | Bathtub | Washer | Dryer | Bed linens | Extra pillows and blankets | Essentials | Hangers | Iron

Guest Reviews

“Best features were the location and cleanliness! I've stayed in places listed as “sparkling clean before and they were far from it. This place was actually spotless!” – Logan”
“Really a fantastic experience and all of the small touches made our first trip as a family of four much more manageable. Our daughter loved finding the stuffed toys and books all around the house and even now that we are home she’s still asking when we are going back to our “holiday house.” – Steven
“This is a lovely spot with everything I needed for a week getaway to Santa Cruz. It is conveniently located close to the boardwalk and downtown, both of which I was able to walk to. Very comfortable and private space, really felt like our own during the stay.” – Travis
“Sarah was an amazing host!! She went above and beyond to make us feel at home. The location of the home was great, walking distance to the beach and boardwalk.” – Shayda
“If you find yourself looking for a place to stay while in Santa Cruz you MUST stay here. Sarah and her family provide a warm and welcoming experience. We stayed over Thanksgiving and not only was the house spotless but the location was perfect!” – Greg

#10 Cute bungalow overlooking the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

4 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $170 per night, airbnb.com

Most people love a waterfront property and so do we, especially when it also includes amazing views of famous landmarks like the SC Beach-Boardwalk. Even though this house only has 1 bedroom, that doesn’t mean it’s small. In fact, it’s much bigger than the photos let on.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“The ideal location to enjoy what Santa Cruz has to offer – walk to the beach, the boardwalk, or to town! This is a monthly rental only. This beach bungalow has a living room, full kitchen, ocean view deck, master bedroom with queen bed and bunk beds and a half bath. This location is wonderful!”

Amenities

Hot water | Body soap | Shampoo | Hair dryer | Washer | Dryer | Bed linens | Extra pillows and blankets | Essentials | Hangers | Iron | TV

Guest Reviews

“A must go to place is perfect to everywhere with a beautiful view. Will be going again very soon” – Shyron
“The rental was amazing and the view was even better than I saw in the pictures! It was very comfortable, clean, and completely met every expectation. I highly recommend and would certainly stay here again!” – Ben
“This place a has a fantastic view and is well equipped with everything you could ever need! It’s 5 mins walking distance from the beach, the boardwalk and about 5mins drive from the lighthouse.” – Prashant
“Very cleanly space with the perfect amenities for a comfortable stay close to the Boardwalk. Quick access to the city, beach, & secluded enough to give you quiet space from the public. The hosts were extremely quick with communication and extremely helpful…” – Ron
“Best views and location! Such a great place to stay with a small family.” – Shaye

#11 Santa Cruz Guesthouse Surrounded by a Redwood Forest

2 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $250 per night, airbnb.com

Come into contact with nature in this stunning single-level home and leave all your worries behind. Offering privacy and seclusion, it’s a property you should definitely consider for that upcoming romantic celebration for just the two of you. Book it today and take advantage of its prime location convenient to some of the best trails north of downtown.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Get back in touch with nature in a farmhouse-style property next to abundant woodlands and hiking trails. It's an airy, skylit space with honey-colored hardwood floors and a well-equipped kitchen. Bathe in a claw-foot tub and relax on a wooden porch. Please note that this house shares the property with the owners who live in the main house, and an Airstream.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer

Guest Reviews

“My partner is an architect and has very high standards. He loved staying here and has plans to make this his home away from home every time we are in Santa Cruz.” – JoAnne
“I stayed at Kristen and Shane's beyond-charming and cozy guesthouse for four days, and my only regret is that I couldn't stay longer! Their place is super-comfortable, spacious, quiet, light-filled and airy, with just about every amenity you could possibly want or need.” – Janet
“Great place in the redwoods, only a hop skip to Santa Cruz! The hosts are incredibly supportive and available!” – Jessica
“Our stay at Kristen and Shane's was amazing – it was spacious yet cozy, sparking clean, and the location was perfect! This has been the best Airbnb we've stayed at, and we hope to return once again!” – Cody
“What a gem! A new, cozy, modern cabin that is a quick 5 minute drive from downtown Santa Cruz. We loved everything about it!” – Oresta

#12 Boardwalk Beach Oasis – 2-Minute Walk to Beach

8 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Book Now: $420 per night, airbnb.com

If it’s all about location when choosing a place to book when you travel, then you’ll have a hard time finding a more suitable accommodation than this 2-bedroom house that can comfortably sleep 8 guests. It’s the perfect spot to consider for a two-family trip to the California coast while enjoying all of the amenities you would find in your own home.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Large 2 bedroom 2 bath Condo on Santa Cruz Historic and exclusive Beach Hill. 2 minute walk to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Cowell's and the Wharf . 10 minute stroll to Downtown Santa Cruz shops. Newly remodeled and decorated!”

Amenities

Hot water | Shampoo | Hair dryer | Bathtub | Washer | Dryer | Essentials | Hangers | Iron | TV | Cable TV | Indoor fireplace

Guest Reviews

“Fantastic stay, highly recommended!” – Rida
“We loved staying at Laura's place. It was close to downtown and the beach. We were happy and will come back” – Tatyana & Shawn
“Great condo with spacious rooms and well furnished kitchen. ” – Trevor
“We had a great stay! Walking distance to the wharf, cozy home, lots of ideas/suggestions and nice extra touches. We’d definitely recommend staying here.” – Summer
“Great place and location. House was clean, charming and had everything we needed to be comfortable and have fun. Host is very responsive and attentive to our needs.” – Joan
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