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Darling Oceanfront Beach Cottage,with Exquisite Views, Private and Peaceful

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This is truly a magical Beach Cottage and the quintessential beach experience in Santa Cruz. It includes a full boat of amenities right down to the boogie boards, bicycles, beach chairs and umbrellas. The Cottage with its expansive Open Ocean and Beach View,, sits above the shores of Moran Lagoon. Just a skip and a jump from main beaches, yet tucked away just enough for privacy. Wake up to the sounds of waves breaking. Have your first cup of coffee looking across a tree-lined lagoon to the Pacific Ocean. Walk down to the sandy beach on a paved and safe path for a swim. Then return home to warm up in the hot tub in your own private yard.

Nestled in eucalyptus trees next to Moran Lagoon, this home is truly one of a kind. The property has the feel of a private park, yet you're within easy walking distance to shops, movie theaters, Capitola Village, and even a mall. Stroll down the scenic East Cliff bike way. Watch surfers at world famous Pleasure Point. Our house is small and cozy. The yard is large and private. 850+ total square feet.

The extraordinary setting makes this home stand out from all the rest. The views are magical. We have kept our low rates for 6 Summers now, in light of of the current economy. This is a beloved private home and is used as a rental only in the summer months. The Cottage is well suited for both families and adults.

Keywords: Lagoon,waterfront,courtyard,private,beach

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Sharon Swenson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly a great place to stay. Location was great to get places and the home was great set up for dining, we really took advantage of the area and stayed local, from Aptos beaches to cruising west cliff bike path, the boardwalk and an evening sail, great produce and fresh fish every night and a Betty Burger on the way out of town. Look forward to visiting again

Jun 2012
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Opal Cliffs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • One Bathroom with a stall shower, toilet, sink. Towels included, hand soap included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Bed (1) Queen Bed located in living room area for hanging out on, watching TV, or can be used as a Bed. We prefer a party of 6 or less, based on the homes square footage and the one bathroom. We can talk about this.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Iron and ironing board, blender, large pot for lobster/soups/corn, spices, salt and pepper 2 Bikes, boogie boards, beach towels, beach chairs and beach umbrellas. All you need for that fun in the sun!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Darling Oceanfront Beach Cottage,with Exquisite Views, Private and Peaceful
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 29 reviews

Pictures don't do the views justice from this home.

  • 5 of 5

The front yard is completely fenced in, and nicely manicured, so I felt comfortable letting our kids outside by themselves to enjoy the yard. The cottage is very small, but very cozy! The kitchen is a great size to cook in, too. The laundry room around the back of the house is very clean and not cramped, and you get to look at the ocean each time you go down! The bonus room off the back of the garage is amazing for a teen/s, grandparents or another couple. The hot tub was right off the front deck and very clean as well. The ocean view is not the only perk of this home, of you can believe that. You are situated on a nice quiet street which is just a short walk to the Moran lake beach and pleasure point. We recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location and perfect beach retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two girls spent a glorious week at this truly darling beach cottage. The views were beautiful and the sounds of the waves at night were the perfect way to fall asleep. The cottage is well appointed and provides for all of your needs. The hot tub and yard are a major bonus! The location is amazing, just walking distance to a great swimming beach and to the popular surfing of Pleasure Point. Great place to run, ride bikes or just relax with a good book. It's also nice to be located in between Santa Cruz and Capitola, two very different vacation destinations. I highly recommend this darling beach cottage and we can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage. All the windows in the place were an added bonus. You felt as though you were looking at a Post Card, with a lagoon and the Ocean in the picture, almost looked surreal. The only thing that could have improved our stay were the beds. Maybe some foam toppers would make the beds more comfortable. The location was perfect, easy to get everywhere. It was so quiet at night all I could hear were the breakers hitting the beach. Very nice area. Lots of shopping nearby. The house had everything anyone would need.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation house!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved staying at this Santa Cruz beach house! The proximity to the beach is fantastic. The back porch and windows that overlook the lagoon and beach in the distance are wonderful. The front yard has plenty of space for the family to gather. We loved riding the cruiser bikes all over Santa Cruz and Capitola. So much fun! Kitchen is well stocked with equipment and dishes. Very comfortable and clean house in an ideal location. The owner is accommodating and friendly. Overall, a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is such an idyllic place - wonderful location and such a beautiful spot. It is even prettier in person and our kids loved it. It is nicely appointed, and there are boogey boards, bikes etc available for use. We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach access- high end comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

This home near Pleasure Point was perfect for our family as a base for our beach and Santa Cruz mountain explorations. Included was a kitchen was well equipped for cooking with ocean views. The enclosed yard is great for children or those wanting beach access but privacy from the frey. This was our 2nd year- and we look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

World Class Surfing, and great beaches just steps from the Beach Cottage. The must see, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is just 2.9 miles away. Cruise the Pacific Garden Mall in downtown Santa Cruz with it's amazing shopping, and spectacular restaurants. You can bike or walk from the Beach Cottage to Capitola Village, on a beautifully paved path along the ocean. Great restaurants and coffee houses within walking distance. Kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and fabulous restaurants at the nearby Santa Cruz Harbor. Visit our wonderful museums, including the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. You also have the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium just 45 minutes down the road. So much fun in the hood, and surrounding neighborhoods to keep you busy all week.


Rates & Availability

Opal Cliffs Cottage Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $175
Tax Rate 11.0%

Please note, you can pay online, or by Cashiers Checks. All payments are to be written to Lawrence Friedman. He is an additional owner of the Cottage. Cashiers checks are to be mailed to , 169 Moran Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. If you choose to cancel your reservation, there will be a $200.00 Administrative Fee deducted from your previous payment/payments.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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