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COZY BEACH COTTAGE - PERFECT LOCATION! Walk to restaurants and the Boardwalk

Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Cottage800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 2 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)


Welcome to your home away from home where your family or friends can spend a relaxing vacation. We supply EVERYTHING to get your vacation started. Linens, towels, bedding and a startup of paper products. You supply FOOD, CLOTHES, PERSONAL ITEMS, FIREWOOD and additional paper products.

Arbor House Santa Cruz Beach Cottage Vacation Rental in Santa Cruz California, is a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath private residence that can accommodate 2 to 4 guests comfortably and a Family of 6 easily. Rent for one weekend or a couple weeks throughout the year. We are just four houses up and 150 steps to Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Just steps away are Dining, Drinks, Boating and Entertainment on the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. There will be no reason to leave the neighborhood!

As you sit on the raised backyard deck of our Cottage, watch boats come and go from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. In the distance you will hear the Sea Lions on the Santa Cruz Pier, and the adults and children laughing and screaming as they ride the Circa 1924 Giant Dipper on the famous 100 Year Old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. A 7 minute drive or a 1.20 mile walk. There is also a 'Summer Season' ferry that will glide you across the Yacht Harbor to get you on your walk to the Beach Boardwalk a bit faster.

Take Kayaking excursions on the Bay or a Chardonnay II Tour, go Wine Tasting or take the Skunk Train into the Santa Cruz Mountains!

There are so many things to see and do in Santa Cruz, on the Monterey Bay and surrounding area that you'll want to re-book your next stay right away!


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Property Manager

Scott Johnson

Member Since 2008
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Scott Johnson

Hello, I’m Shirley, your host, and I would like to share a bit of the history of Arbor House Cottage. Arbor House has been in the family since the 1940s. Though it wasn't called Arbor House then, it was simply a rental that my parents owned. My grandparents lived across the street in the corner house and I remember going to see them and playing there. Being with them was very special to me and my siblings. After they passed, I lived there with my Mother and Father until I married and started my own family. It is good to be able to go over from time to time, enjoy the beach and delicious restaurants and recall the wonderful memories!.....(note the picture on the wall in the dining room, it's not me but reminds me of me as a child on the beach)..... Scott and I have put many long and loving hours into making Arbor House the warm and welcoming Cottage that it is today. So, 'welcome'....This is your home for the short time you are here. Enjoy, Relax and let your cares slip away. Sincerely, Shirley

Scott Johnson purchased this Cottage in 1946

What makes this Cottage unique

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Arbor House Beach Cottage is located on 6th Avenue, just four houses up and 150 steps to Twin Lakes State Beach. Just steps away is one of Monterey Bay's most popular restaurants, The Crow's Nest, offering spectacular waterfront views on the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. As you sit on the deck of our Vacation Rental cottage, watch boats come and go from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Listen to the Sea Lions on the Santa Cruz Pier, and the adults and children laughing as they ride the 1924 Giant Dipper on the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. About 1.97 miles away and a 7 minute drive or a 1.20 mile walk. Free Water Taxi throughout the Yacht Harbor: Weekends and Holidays, 10 AM - 6 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. Take Kyaking excursions on the Bay or a Chardonnay II Tour, take a ride on the historic Roaring Camp Railroad or go Wine Tasting! There are so many things to see and do in Santa Cruz, on the Monterey Bay and surrounding area.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, Tempur-Pedic Bed
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, Twin beds are a Trundle Bed set
      • Air bed(s)
        1 queen
      • Full Bed (1) Located in BEDROOM 1. All linens and bedding provided., Twin or Single Beds (2) Furnished in BEDROOM 2. Twin Trundle Bed set that opens into two twin beds to sleep two. All linens and bedding provided., Baby Crib (1) GRACO crib/playpen all-in-one., Air Bed (1) This second Queen Bed is a very comfortable inflatable Air Bed. Heated mattress cover is provided if desired. All linens and bedding provided.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, lots of storage and hooks for personal items.
      • Pedestal Sink, Shower / Tub combo with sliding glass shower doors. Mirrored Medicine Cabinet above sink and shelves above commode for additional storage of personal items.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Available from the Front Garden or on the covered Porch. Spend your first morning reading and sipping your favorite hot drink in the warmth of the sun as it rises over the Arbor House Beach Cottage neighborhood. Glance down the street at the Beach & calm ocean waves. Do you see the sailboat?
        • Monument View
          Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor Light House.
        • Ocean View
          From DINNNG ROOM at the end of the Living Room or the Backyard Deck and offers views of sail boats on the Ocean, the Santa Cruz Pier, Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.
        • Water View
          Veiw of the Bay and Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Watch boats leave and return from a day at sea.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking
                      Is first come first serve on the street. There is one parking space available on the street in front of the garage. Two (2) Parking Permits are supplied and MUST be used April through September.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Is Stackable on top of the Washer.
                    • Heating
                      Central Heat but no Air Conditioning. It is rarely needed. A room fan is available if desired.
                    • Internet
                      User name and password provided in the Cottage and included in the Check-In instructions
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Sheets for Beds. Lots of Bedding, Blankets, Pillows & Quilts in every Bedroom. Heated matress covers on Queen beds for the cool evenings. Assorted Towels for Bathing, Kitchen & Beach use.
                    • Living Room
                      Our LIVING ROOM's decor is all 'Beach' and easily seats 5 guests. An entertainment center equipped with a HDMI HDTV and Blu-ray player and portable indoor/outdoor Bluetooth RockFish Speaker.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking Off Street
                      2 Parking Permits provided. Additional Parking Permits may be purchased at the beach for a nominal fee. NOTE: Parking is easy during the Off Seasons but can be a bit challenging during High Seasons.
                    • Telephone
                      Is available. There is no charge for local calls. Long distance and any toll calls are blocked. You must use a calling card, credit card or use the operator.
                    • Towels Provided
                      ALL linens, bedding, towels provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Is a Stacking Washer/Dryer located in large back Laundry/ Storage area of the Cottage. Iron & board.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Free to guests. Plus Smart Wi-Fi T.V. 5G internet
                    • Wood Stove
                      Wood burning insert in Fireplace of Living Room. PLEASE TAKE OR BE PREPARED TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN FIREWOOD, (small pieces).


                        • Microwave
                          Is built-in above Stove/Oven.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Basic 8 cup Coffeee Maker. Coffee grinder available. Filters provided.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Completely furnished Kitchen. Plasticware available for Children and to use outside.
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          The Tiny Galley KITCHEN is fully equipped with all the amenities to prepare your favorite meals. Refrigerator with ice-maker, Stove/Oven and Microwave. Large sink with disposal. No Dishwasher.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Margarita Machine, Coffee Maker, Grinder, electric Can Opener, Utensils, Blender, asst'd Cookware, Dishes, Glasses, Flatware and Linens. Basic asst'd Spices and dry goods are available from time to time, as used and replaced by our guests
                        • Oven
                          Free standing full size, 4 burner gas stove and oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Assorted Spices and dry goods are available from time to time, as used and replaced by guests.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Is Full Size with Ice-Maker.
                        • Stove
                          Free standing full size, 4 burner gas stove and oven.
                        • Toaster
                          Two slot toaster.


                            • Dining
                              Our cozy DINNING ROOM is at the end of the Living Room, seats 4 and offers views of sailboats on the Ocean, the Santa Cruz Pier, Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Local interest and assorted paperbacks
                                • Games
                                  Puzzles and Board Games
                                • Music Library
                                  Of CDs of various artists.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Wi-FI TV, (stream NetFlix, YouTube, Facebook, etc.), DVD player, stereo CD player with multi disc changer, music CDs, movies. NOTE: Standard Cable available, (70ish channels) NO premium channel
                                • Stereo
                                  Portable indoor/outdoor Bluetooth RockFish Speaker to pair with your Smart phone, IPhone or tablet.
                                • Television
                                  Vizio HDMI Wi-Fi
                                • Toys
                                  Beach toys and chairs stored under the Deck. Toys and chairs come and go with the tide as they become damaged, replaced and left behind by guests that can not travel with them.
                                • Video Library
                                  Has lots of DVD Movies available for young and older.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Furnished with Teak Furniture, including two Lounge Chairs with pads, six Chairs a Dining Table w/ extentions, and large Umbrella.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Rentals available at the Harbor
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      No lawn, but beautiful gardens in front and backyards with flowers, herbs and seating areas to enjoy.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber Gas BBQ
                                    • Tennis
                                      Located nearby
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Toys and chairs come and go with the tide as they become damaged, replaced and left behind. Boogie boards and othe can be rented down at the Harbor


                                        • smoking allowed
                                          OUTSIDE the Cottage ONLY.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • cinemas
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants
                                            • theme parks

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hot air ballooning
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • GREAT EFFORT HAS BEEN TAKEN TO PROVIDE A DRESSING AREA IN EVERY ROOM TO STORE PERSONAL ITEMS, STYLE HAIR AND APPLY MAKE-UP......A Security Safe is provided for your use if desired.......BEDROOM 1 has a small TV/DVD in corner storage cabinet, Alarm Clock on the Night Stand, Mirror & Dressing Shelf and a Dresser in the closet..........BEDROOM 2 has a Mirror and Tall Dresser as well as a closet..........the LAUNDRY/STORAGE area has the Iron & Board, extra Table & Chairs.........We have provided additional Alarm Clocks, Hairdryers, Mirrors, extra Hangers, Picnic Basket and even a Kite!.........The fenced in Front & Back Lower Gardens have Seating Areas..........There is an outdoor Shower with hot & cold running water for rinsing off after returning from the beach. Check out our website @ www.SantaCruzBeachCottage.com

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              68 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Best location for our 4 day get-a-way!

                                                              This was just one of our many, many stays. Perfect time of the year to visit. School I s in session so the week days are quite with few beach goers. The morning fog burns off early and the sun stays out most of the day.

                                                              Ok, so enough about the weather. Love this little Cottage!

                                                              Everthing you need for your home away from home stay. Comfy bed. Cozy living room. Full functioning Kitchen albeit small, if you prep and plan its a cinch to cook in. Love, love the deck! Period! The outdoor shower is the bomb. I don't th the the television was turned on more than twice.

                                                              Hope everyone who reads this gets the opportunity to stay here at least once. Cheers! Until next year Arbor House!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks for a great shout out! Your review will help a lot of future guests make their decision to stay with us. We appreciate your loyalty and have reserved your stay for next September. Until then....

                                                              Wonderfully cozy beach front cottage in Santa Cruz!

                                                              Vikki F.

                                                              This place is a slice of heaven! It was just the escape from the city we needed. There is a great view from the back deck, and we enjoyed our morning coffee on the front porch. This place is very peaceful, and literally steps from the beach. The boardwalk is a 5 min drive. Lots walking distance. The cottage has every amenity you can think of, and although the kitchen is compact, it has every gadget you could desire to cook like it was your home. We hope to return soon! Thank you for sharing your cottage with us! We hope to return soon!

                                                              Delightful cottage

                                                              Kathryn/Hans d.Twain Harte, CA

                                                              Perfect home for a weekend getaway. Cody, well equipped, and adorably decorated...easy walk to dinner at the marina.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Wonderful! You hit all the high points. Thank you and hope to host you again.

                                                              Very close to the beach, cute house!

                                                              Sydney L.

                                                              The house was located close to the beach and harbor. On the beach there is a local coffee shop where you can get pastries and coffee which is nice because the location is so close!

                                                              Excellent location!

                                                              Kristie G.

                                                              Very cute, cozy little house. Had all the amenities we needed. Owner responded right away to answer my question.

                                                              Unbelievable location

                                                              kevin j.

                                                              Great small place to stay if you love the outdoors! Steps to the marina and all that it has. Steps to the big sandy beach. Waves, gulls and sea lions to put you to sleep. great back deck with the view to have your family meals. Small house gem.


                                                              Santa Cruz, CA, USA

                                                              Beach Volleyball, Famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Pier, The Skunk Train, Downtown Santa Cruz and Downtown Capitola Village are all just 5 minutes away..........Carmel and Monterey are a 45 minute drive..........A variety of public and private chartered tours on the Bay are available, book a Wine Tasting Tour or Deep Sea Fishing excursion and Much, Much More!

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

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                                                              Damage Insurance
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              The rates above have been given ONLY as an estimate with Low Season and High Season fees as a guide to the number of possible nights you might stay. You are not limited to a specific number of nights stay or specific Check-In/Check-Out dates. (note that it is much more economical, per night, to stay 4-7 or more nights as opposed to only 1 night. The same $125.00 house keeping fee applies for 1 night or 1 week stay). Additional $25.00 per Adult per night fee may apply for each additional Adult based on 6 guests stay. Please email us for an exact quote.

                                                              68 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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