|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Charming Lighthouse Cottage fulfills your beach vacation dream, ideally situated one block from famous Cowell’s Beach next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz pier. Just a stroll from your front porch you can partake in surfing lessons at Cowell’s Beach, watch world-class surfers at nearby Steamers Lane, take sunset strolls along scenic West Cliff Drive, bird watch by the lighthouse, enjoy oceanfront dining, relax to free concerts on the sand, explore the many activities and shops on the Santa Cruz pier - perfect for the vacationing family or a romantic getaway for the two of you. If you are partaking in Wharf to Wharf 10K, Santa Cruz Sentinal or Big Kahuna Triathlons, you could not have a better location.
You are approximately one mile from the quaint Downtown 'scene' of lively restaurants, eclectic shops of every kind, and interesting people-watching. Within a 10 minute drive are wonderful hiking and biking trails through California redwood groves. Drive 40 miles south on scenic Hwy 1 to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur. A myriad of nearby activities await your pleasure.
The cottage offers two bedrooms with queen beds and one with two twin beds plus a sleeper sofa in the living room. French doors in the dining room open to a delightful backyard patio perfect for relaxing, enjoying the sun, or dining 'al fresco'. The kitchen is equipped with gas stove, dishwasher and service to enjoy in home dining. Inside washer and dryer.
Keywords: House, Beach House, Vacation Rental, Santa Cruz Beach house.
We are a family of two, not counting our animals. My teenage daughter and I love to sneak in days at the beach house so we can get away from the insane pace in Silicon Valley where we live. We try to make the place feel like home to all who visit with us and are open to feedback as to how to improve the experience at Lighthouse Cottage. We enjoy hanging out in the garden to see all that blooms at the different times of the year. We love our neighbors there and being so close to the ocean that sometimes you can hear the sea lions at night if you listen carefully.
Connie Miller purchased this house in 2003
Santa Cruz has so many wonderful aspects to it. The ocean and general acceptance of all who come visit are the main draws. The downtown is vibrant with a lot to do there. With the University nearby, there is a level of intellect you don't find in a lot of beach towns. The nature activies are endless, from bike rides, to great hiking to just hanging out at the wharf and people watching and grabbing a fresh seafood dinner. I always feel at peace in Santa Cruz and am never at a loss as to what to do, even though while there I frequently choose to just relax.
Our beach house is our second home and is furnished accordingly. There is a pull out L-sectional sofa from Pottery Barn, the kitchen is stocked with the dishes and glasses you will need for a stay including good cooking with a gas stove, down comforters and more special touches that distinguish it from an impersonal hotel setting. We have books for all ages to read, games, videos and high tech necessities including cable modem and wireless internet connections.
This property was as described in VRBO. The amenities described were present. It is a fairly short walk to the fishing pier/boardwalk. Downtown is a little further but there is a shuttle (cable car) during summer (.25). We did a 2 hour private cruise on "Sarah" (California Classic Cruises), one day at the boardwalk, Segway tour, and Roaring Camp to Santa Cruz Beach train. Recommend them all! The only downside to the rental was a strong animal urine smell in the area of the front door. We could not determine if it was coming from the front bedroom, hallway, or front porch, but was strong enough to prevent us using the second bedroom with a queen size bed. Other than that we really enjoyed our stay.
When my son was young, we'd spend the the long weekends at Monterey Bay boogie boarding at the beach. My daughter-in-law and grandsons love the beach too. This house accommodates grandparents, parents and 3 children. Its ideal, as you can walk to the beach, boardwalk, and wharf. The younger boys took turns towing the wagon with the baby and beach towels. The kids and grandkids thought it was the perfect weekend. The backyard was a tranquil getaway to hang out and BBQ.
My husband and our five children (ages 3-13) had a wonderful stay at the Lighthouse Cottage. The location cannot be beat, walking distance to the board walk, the beach and two local parks. The house itself is immaculate, efficient and spacious. There is a wonderful porch perfect for jump rope and hanging out and the back yard is beautiful with lovely landscaping. Connie could not have been nicer and the house was equipped with everything imaginable from games and DVDs, books, beach towels, toys, boogie boards and beach chairs. We felt quite spoiled. You will not be disappointed.
What a wonderful place to stay.
I ended up booking at the last minute and they were very accommodating.
My boys were booked to attend a lacrosse camp and UC Santa Cruz and I wanted to be close by. Little did I know after a ton of searching I would find this gem.
Walking distance to the pier and boardwalk was a major bonus for my 1 year old and I.
Had some friend over for dinner and a walk to the pier. (Talked about it being a possible location for the next girls trip)
My husband came and meet us and couldn't say enough about the location.
My favorite though outside of prime location of course was the back patio/courtyard!
I sat out there and enjoyed coffee in the morning, snacks for lunch, and wine and cheese at dinner time.
All while catching up on some reading and soaking in the wonderful sunshine!!
I would highly recommend this place!!
An adorable house close to everything. It was very clean and supplied with just what we needed. The house was as described. Although the street was noisy at night, it was a reminder that we were in the heart of the action. We did our shopping at the nearby New Leaf grocery store and visited Kelly's Bakery for delicious meals. We had breakfast on the Pier and many long walks along the ocean's path on West Cliff Drive.
We found our yearly vacation rental spot!! The home was the perfect size for our familywith room to spare, it was very clean, beds were very comfortable, furnished and full of everything we needed for fun at the beach including boogie boards and buckets, we had BBQs in the back yard and walked down to the beach boardwalk everyday. The worst thing about our trip was leaving. Already counting down days till our next trip there. Thank you for sharing your home with us!!
Amusement Park, Sport Fishing, Whale Watching (seasonal), Bay Cruises, Watch World-Class Surf Competitions, Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival, Monterey Bay Aquarium, UCSC Marine Lab, beach concerts, wine tasting, farmers markets, numerous parks, restaurants featuring locally grown organic produce and freshly caught fish
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Notes||4 night minimum. Santa Cruz has water restrictions. Excessive water use fees will be passed on to guests.|