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Charming Cottage in Capitola - Walk to the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5 comfortably)

SUNSHINE BEACH COTTAGE: Sleeps 5 people comfortably, 2-bdrm house plus 1-small 'bunk house' with 1 full bath. Just a short stroll to the unique Village of Capitola and the large sandy Beach. Renovated in the vintage 1950's style, this house is charmingly furnished with light and lovely details. The fenced-in back yard has two small brick patios and a grassy lawn area that is great for pets and kids to play on.

Enjoy the 40' flat screen TV in the living room with satellite TV reception and a DVD player. The fireplace provides comfort and ambiance on chilly days. There is a dining room next to the full kitchen with a gas range and oven. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, cookware and utensils.

The two bedrooms are comfortably appointed with Queen sized beds and furnished in lovely cottage decor. The bathroom is clean and bright. Linens and towels are provided. A high quality, full sized inner spring sleeper sofa provides extra sleeping room for two in the main living area.

The fun little detached cottage in the back yard (called the 'bunk house') has twin bunk beds and provides a wonderful retreat for the kids. A second little cottage in the back contains a washer & dryer and two bicycles you can use to ride about town.

The house features secured wireless internet so you can keep in touch with the world if you wish. Better still, come to this peaceful cottage for some R&R and leave your cares behind.

This is the perfect place for a family beach getaway, a romantic retreat, or a fun girl's weekend.

Please refer to the Notes section of the Rates information for additional information. Minimum stays are higher for holidays and during the summer months and a nightly pet fee may apply.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 27, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at Sunshine Beach Cottage during our vacation. Seven days without a hint of fog the whole time.

The bunkhouse worked very well for us. It’s small but comfortable. Your location is perfect. The house is close to the beaches we love. We hiked at Land of Medicine Buddha twice. I would recommend that to your guests.

Having the family dog join us was fun.

We'll be back.
Mar 2015
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Capitola House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Private back yard, 5 minute walk to Capitola village, two bicycles provided for guest use.


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Charming Cottage in Capitola - Walk to the Beach
average rating of 4.611111 based on 30 reviews

Could be called"morning glory cottage"

  • 4 of 5

My family enjoyed our stay in this sweet little cottage. However, having limited mobility and walk with a cane, I would say this cottage is not really "handicapped accessible". The tub in the bathroom needs some grab bars and non-slip stickers in the bottom of the tub. A chair in the tub would also be a big help. The heavy, thick towels were a great addition. The enclosed backyard was great for my doggie and 5 year old grandson.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fit

  • 5 of 5

Our family needed a perfect getaway and this cottage fit the bill. Walk to the village with a stroller was easy and it was only a block from Gayle's. I highly recommend for this price range.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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five stars

  • 5 of 5

we just returned home from our stay in sunshine cottage and were still talking about it.It was our second time renting here and we enjoyed it immensely both visits. Charming , has everything you need for an amazing stay. Clean , bright, beautifully furnished, only disappointment was one of the bikes had a flat tire so we were unable to enjoy that feature. Would we return??? YES

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san jose

Truly enjoyed our time @ the Sunshine Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our time at the Sunshine Cottage. The bed was very comfortable and fresh. The house was carefully cleaned and had everything we needed. I loved using the gas stove to cook since we have an electric one at home. The fireplace made the living room super cozy while watching a movie. Great Location if you don't want to drive everywhere. We walked to Gayles for a take out lunch. Yumm. The produce stand just a 2 minute walk away the was great for fresh fruit, and avocados! We rode the bikes into the village to hang out at the beach, and watched the pelicans from the wharf. The weather was great. After reading the review about the mold I was a bit concerned because I have terrible allergies, but I had zero reaction to the house :) I am super sensitive so I can say if it would happen to anyone it would happen to me! Overall a perfect quick getaway for us, in a sweet cozy cottage.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose

Wow... What a great surprise!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was cute, clean and really close to Capitola Village (a 5 minute walk). It was great to have SPACE -- much more room than a hotel! I felt at ease as soon as I walked in the door. The place was spotless and well maintained. The back yard provided a wonderful place to relax and have breakfast or a beverage. We had a great time and will be going back.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mold House - Beware

  • 2 of 5

I'm giving this house two stars based on the location, but it has a serious mold problem. We noticed it first in the bathroom, and it wasn't until a guest visited us and pointed out all the mold in other rooms that we realized how bad it was. We thought it was dirt in the window sills and on curtains, but it turned out mold was in every room of the house. I addressed it with propery management as we decided not to extend our stay and here is the reply:

On Monday, January 12, 2015 9:30 PM, Reservationist wrote:

Fyi, an $11/day increase in rent prevented these guests from staying an extra two weeks. Just one data point about competitiveness and market sensitivity to price increases in Capitola. As a heads up, I am going to need to have someone out to survey this mold situation. We had a big problem with this last year. This year, I made sure the sprinkler system was turned off so there wouldn't be additional moisture, but apparently it is very noticeable and needs to be addressed in some manner. I'll share a bid once I receive one."

They later claimed the note was referring to a different property, yeah right! Also said it would be investigated after our departure and when I asked to see the mold report, not surprisingly, they declined.

My husband and I were both at Urgent care less than 2 weeks after staying at this house and were never 100% during our stay and I believe it's due to the mold. It was damp the entire time and we originally thought it was due to rain our first week there. I also don't know why they call it Sunshine Cottage, as the front of the house gets no sun at all. It also has no blinds on the kitchen/dining room windows resulting in little privacy, especially at night since neighbors can look right into this area. There are other great rentals in the area, as we are now locals.

We also had issues with broken door lock, previous guest's dirty laundry, lights burnt out in every room and a remote control that took over a week to get fixed! I don't recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First of all, we are greatly disappointed when guests have anything less than an exceptional stay. We did our utmost to provide timely responses to this guest's concerns. In fact, the guest was very complementary of the house and actually requested to extend their stay by 6 months which is surprising if they were dissatisfied with the conditions of the Cottage. The guest's report about a pervasive mold issue at the house is completely unfounded and untrue. You'll note that another guest who stayed after this one left a review and there was NO mention of mold at all. The first time the guest mentioned this issue was three days prior to their check-out date (they stayed at the house for six weeks!). Upon investigation, a licensed contractor determined that a small amount of localized surface mold was present in the master bedroom by the window due to temperature swings in the winter months that may have caused some condensation. We're told this is common for the area, and he recommended that the furnace be run continuously during the cold months. The issue has been completely resolved and was a severe exaggeration by this guest. The communication referenced in the guest's review was for a house in TEXAS -- not for this house. This information was conveyed to the guest. The remote control issue was one that couldn't be resolved by our handyman and ultimately required Dish Network to come out so it took a few days to address the situation. The guests had another working TV the entire time in the master bedroom. Even though it was out of our control, we said we would pay for the guest and her husband to have a glass of wine in the Village on us because we want everyone to have a great time. We even upgraded to high-speed internet service just for this guest. Anyway, I guess you can't make everyone happy 100% of the time. We hope they have moved on to happier times. Please check out all the other reviews from former guests to confirm that this truly is a wonderful place to stay.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Capitola Village
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Capitola Village
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Car: recommended

Capitola is perfectly situated for recreation within convenient driving distance from many attractions: 15 minutes to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and wharf, 30 minutes to Big Basin state park with giant redwoods, 30 minutes to Santa Cruz mountain wineries, 40 minutes to Carmel by the Sea and Monterey, 90 minute drive to San Francisco, 2.5 hour drive to Napa's wine country.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $165

Standard rate quoted above is for weeknights in the non-peak season. Higher rates apply for weekends and peak season times (weekends, summer, and holidays). Nightly rates referenced are for four people maximum occupancy. Rate quoted does not reflect taxes and other fees. $25/night rates apply for a fifth person. Additional fee for pets will be applied and varies based on the length of stay.

Average nightly rate: $295.00-$350.00.
Weekly rates: $1,995.00
Monthly rates (non-peak): $3,250.00
Monthly rates (peak): $6,500.00+

Two night minimum stay required (non-peak), Five night minimum stay (peak season). Discounts available for longer stays. Rate quoted does not reflect taxes and other associated fees.

Rates are subject to change without notice. Payment of the security and pet deposits is required to confirm a reservation. Security and pet deposits may vary based on the length of stay and # of pets. Payment of Guest Fees are due in full 60 days prior to the guest stay. Deposits are refundable provided there is no damage or extra cleaning required upon checkout.

Security deposits are paid via PayPal (no fee for credit card payment). Guest fees are paid by personal check, otherwise credit card transaction fees will be incurred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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