Where to stay around Santa Cruz County?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 750 vacation rentals near Santa Cruz County. From 439 Houses to 144 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santa Cruz County are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Santa Cruz County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Cruz County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santa Cruz: 647 vacation rentals
  • Capitola: 608 vacation rentals
  • Aptos: 715 vacation rentals
  • Pajaro Dunes: 114 vacation rentals
  • Watsonville: 741 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Santa Cruz County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Santa Cruz County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Cruz County:

  • Santa Cruz: 647 rentals
  • Capitola: 608 rentals
  • Aptos: 715 rentals
  • Watsonville: 741 rentals
  • La Selva Beach: 406 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Santa Cruz County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Santa Cruz County are:

  • Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal): 807 vacation rentals
  • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview): 984 vacation rentals
  • Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY): 817 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Santa Cruz County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Santa Cruz County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Capitola Beach: 820 rentals
  • Rio Del Mar Beach: 272 rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 512 rentals
  • Pleasure Point Beach: 801 rentals
  • Seacliff State Beach: 554 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Salty fun in Santa Cruz County

Bring the surfboard wax and the good vibes for that trip to Santa Cruz County vacation rentals. These Californian shacks and beachside pads, facing the spray of the Pacific Ocean, offer a gateway to some of the most celebrated shores in the whole United States. Many come with decks that gaze out across the rollers, while others hide amid the soaring redwoods of the forests. All are a place to chill, catch some waves, hike some clifftops and even check off the bucket-list sights of the Bay Area – it's just to the north.

Santa Cruz County and the roaring Pacific Ocean

The name of Santa Cruz County is nothing short of legendary in surf circles. As its rivers and creeks wiggle into the Pacific Ocean, and the wide beaches of Monterey Bay open to the swells, you'll find some seriously gnarly point breaks and hollow tube rides. Of course, you don't need to suit up and hit the waves to make the most of the water. This is also a hotspot for seeing huge humpback whales or catching glimpses of dolphins and porpoises – April to November is best.

Santa Cruz County is fun by the waves

There are plenty of Santa Cruz County vacation rentals to suit the whole family, plus Santa Cruz County attractions to keep the whole crew busy from morning to night. Check out the twirling carousels and concession stands of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, home to heart-thumping thrill rides, a Ferris wheel and gaming arcades. Just down the beach from that is the Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific Railway. It's a vintage locomotive that chugs up a track first laid down in 1875, through redwood forests and up to the dusty Santa Cruz Mountains.

So many great times in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County has different draws in different seasons. Summers, from June to August, are the most popular for Santa Cruz County vacation rentals by the beach, which fill up with swimmers and sunbathers looking to hone a tan. Fall – September and October – is a local pick, when the crowds recede and plenty of festivals come by. Winters are relatively mild and really quiet, making them perfect for dodging the crowds. Spring, in April and May, heralds the start of the best humpback whale-watching period and has some great surfing events, too.

Santa Cruz County is breathtaking Cali coastline

There's no question that the Santa Cruz County coastline is the piece de resistance of the region. It ranges from wide Monterey Bay, where turtles, whales and dolphins all splash in the Pacific, to the seal-spotted pebble beaches of Ano Nuevo State Park, with its dunes and boardwalk trails. There are countless surf-washed beaches and cliff-backed coves between them. Inland, you can discover the soaring trees of the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, a wilderness of bobcats and waterfalls, deer and wildflowers.