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9 Santa Cruz Airbnbs That Are Out Of This World
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9 Santa Cruz Airbnbs That Are Out Of This World

Dust off your suitcase, refresh your itinerary, and choose any of the nine Santa Cruz Airbnbs we picked out for you.

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October 16, 2021

Don’t put away your swimsuits just yet, there’s one more coastal getaway on the horizon before the weather gets too cold, and this time we’re going to rest easy in the beautiful Santa Cruz. An ideal locale for both a laid-back seaside escape and an adventure-packed expedition, Santa Cruz is an authentically charming slice of paradise you’ll want to wake up in every day. Dust off your suitcase, refresh your itinerary, and choose any of the nine Santa Cruz Airbnbs we picked out for you—we know you’re about to fall in love with Surf City and we can’t wait to hear all about it when you come back.

Cool Santa Cruz Airbnbs to Check Out

The beautiful Victorian guest house is one of the only places in town where you can stay and not have to rely on your car. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

1. Victorian Treasure Downtown 

Price per night: $89

Looking for a Santa Cruz Airbnb that’ll allow you to walk everywhere? This restored 1888 Victorian treasure in the heart of the Historic District is an amazing option. Only three blocks away from downtown, this Santa Cruz Airbnb is perfect for those who plan on doing a lot of walking, dining, shopping, and people-watching. One thing to note is that you’ll be sharing the house with other tenants as well—the host rents out the bedrooms separately. However, you’ll have 2,000 square feet of common space to explore, including front and back parlors, a dining room, and a huge kitchen; don’t feel confined to your room.

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2. Charming Westside Pied-a-Terre

Price per night: $122

Don’t vibe with historic Victorian houses? Perhaps you’d like a charming studio on the dynamic west side of Santa Cruz? You’ll have easy walking access to the coast and downtown and have a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and libraries at your doorstep. Plus, even with all the amenities and lively crowds during the day, this Santa Cruz Airbnb will allow you to enjoy peace and quiet at night—a total win-win situation! 

Situated a sunny midtown neighborhood, this rental can accommodate up to six people. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

3. Cozy and Sunny Two-Bedroom Cottage

Price per night: $159

Susan’s sunny two-bedroom cottage has plenty of character. Conveniently located in a residential neighborhood in Midtown Santa Cruz, this unique cottage is right by Seabright Beach, equipped with everything you need for a short and comfortable stay. With a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and a patio featuring a grill and string lights, this Santa Cruz Airbnb will make you and up to five other people feel right at home straight away.

With excellent biking and hiking paths, this Tuscan-style cottage is quiet yet only blocks from the beach and restaurants. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

4. Lovely Tuscan Apartment Blocks From the Beach

Price per night: $184

Take one look at this idyllic Tuscan villa and tell us you don’t already have a fantasy brewing in your head about the days you’ll be spending here. Located in the super desirable Seabright neighborhood, this lovely cottage offers you all the peace and quiet while only being blocks from the coast and its lively restaurants. Start your mornings at this Santa Cruz Airbnb on your private balcony overlooking the courtyard below, where you’ll find a fountain and fruit trees bearing lemons, plums, apples, or avocados (depending on the season)—you won’t be able to help but be in a cheery mood throughout your stay.

This place is ideal for a family gathering or just a getaway with your best friends. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

5. Serene Relaxing Home

Price per night: $289

A stark contrast to the classic Tuscan Villa, this serene relaxing home is what modern architectural dreams are made of. Featuring wooden decor, an outdoor-indoor vibe, and every amenity you can think of, this Santa Cruz Airbnb feels like your own private resort in the heart of the forest. While you won’t want to leave this beautiful house, you’ll be glad to know that the famous boardwalk is less than four miles away, and the spectacular Pasatiempo Golf Club is only a mile away. You’ll also have easy access to Highway 17, so you’ll totally be able to cruise down Santa Cruz anytime you feel like it.

6. Whiskey Hollow, A Cozy Cabin in the Redwoods

Price per night: $363

Ever wanted to feel like a Disney princess escaping to the woods? This cozy Airbnb near Santa Cruz is where modern-day Snow White would probably choose to hide with the seven dwarves. The whiskey hollow, a tranquil A-frame cabin surrounded by redwoods, is the ultimate Santa Cruz abode for a romantic getaway for two. While it feels like worlds away from buzzing city life, this cute cabin is actually only two miles from downtown Felton, 15 minutes from Downtown Santa Cruz, and 20 minutes to the beach—yay for all the adventures you can have! 

Ocean views, gorgeous weather, golden sunsets; this Airbnb is the perfect home base for your Santa Cruz getaway. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

7. Endless Summer: Ocean View Oasis

Price per night: $474

Staying at this luxurious oceanside oasis feels like living on the pages of an Architectural Digest magazine. As a brand-new build, this Airbnb Santa Cruz beach house is filled with natural light featuring a great entertaining space on the main floor. And great news for surfers, the beach is less than five minutes away on foot, and Pleasure Point is just a three-minute walk. Not much of a surfer? Hop on the bikes that come with the house and explore the city on two wheels—you practically have it all living at this Santa Cruz Airbnb.

8. Sensational Surf House

Price per night: $500

Our first thought when we came across this Santa Cruz Airbnb was: “Wow, when can we move in?” Beautiful exterior and interior? Check. Perfect location? Check. Bikeable and walkable paths? Check—it even has a hot tub! Book the sensational surf house with seven of your best surf buddies and you’ll have the most beautiful base for your Santa Cruz adventures. If you don’t have enough friends willing to go, we’ll happily tag along… just saying.

This expansive corner home is snuggled just one block off of West Cliff Drive. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

9. Ocean View Paradise

Price per night: $541

Who needs a Santa Cruz Airbnb with a pool when you practically have the ocean in your front yard? The ocean view paradise is as dreamy as its name, offering a taste of the ultimate Santa Cruz life. Here, your neighbors are the seals, otters, dolphins, and whales—endless dining, surfing, and shopping spots are just minutes away. Learn to surf at the nearby Cowell's, enjoy a stroll to the boardwalk, and munch on fresh seafood down at the nearby wharf; life in Santa Cruz truly does sound like heaven on earth.

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