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Pleasure Point Cottage: Central Home Base for Exploring the California Coast

Bedrooms 1
Space 460 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

Furn Pleasure Point 1 bdrm cottage utilities, TV and WI-Fi included, Dog OK

Pleasure Point Cottage makes a wonderful home base for exploring the California Coastal area from Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Francisco. Listen the sounds of the pounding waves and the beckoning calls of the wild sea gulls as you watch the Pelicans dive for fish. Immerse yourself in the gentle breezes and smell of the fresh ocean air. Pleasure Point Cottage, on Opal Cliff, between Santa Cruz and Old Capitola is the perfect place to totally relax after a fun filled day of adventure.

Pleasure Point Cottage has its own kitchen, equipped with pots, pans, dishes, coffee pot, micro wave, gas stove, refrigerator and dining area. A comfy queen size bed is prepared with fresh linens and is ready for a good night’s sleep.

The bathroom has a shower; fresh towels and a hair dryer. Utilities, Wi-Fi and cable TV, water, waste management are provided. The cottage has its own fenced back yard with a large, private patio, barbeque and picnic table. The gardener comes by weekly to maintain the plant life. A shed in the back yard is a good spot for storing your surf board, bike or extra luggage.

East Cliff Drive, only a block and a half away, is partially blocked off for pedestrians. It’s a great place to: Walk your dog, ride your bike, or sit on the bench and watch the surfers, feel the fresh air, eat your lunch and listen to the crashing waves.

Have you ever been to a Sand Castle Building Contest? Our cottage is in prime location for the festivities. Or, perhaps you'd like to attend the Shakespeare Festival at the UC Campus. How about going to a Friday night free concert on the beach on the summer months? Whatever it may be, we will be sure to provide you with the essentials of home so you can relax and maximize your enjoyment of everything Santa Cruz has to offer!

Santa Cruz has 29 miles of sand and surf and a very mild climate all year round. Driving south of Pleasure Point, you will find Manresa Beach, La Selva, Capitola Beach, Seacliff Beach (sunken cement ship), Seascape Beach, and Sunset Beach . Driving North of Pleasure Point, check out the Santa Cruz Harbor; discover Light House Field State Beach (good surfing and great place to walk dogs).

Natural Bridges State Beach, known for its tide-pooling and famous natural rock bridge, feels secluded but is easily accessible from the road. This state park is a Monarch Butterfly sanctuary for as many as 100,000 butterflies that are drawn to the mild ocean air and eucalyptus grove in the winter months.

Further north are: Wilder Ranch Beach (historic site), Davenport Beach (tiny town with a good bakery),and Four-mile Beach (known for beach parties), Scotts Creek Beach, (a favorite for beach combing ) Wadell Creek Beach, Bonny Dune Beach and Red-White-Blue.

The county is also blessed with 14 state parks, including the popular Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, accessible by steam train from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This is a trip through the redwoods and back. Check the schedule before you go. If you want more adventure: Hike, ride a bike, or zip line through the beautiful redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains. Henry Cowell Redwood Forest and State Park is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. The park has a picnic area above the San Lorenzo River. Anglers fish for steelhead and salmon during the winter (catch and release).

Golfers claim that the nearby Pasatiempo Golf course, a Alister McKenzie design, is as good as you can get for public (semi-pro) golf. Golf Week rates it #3 in California.

If you have a loved one that is college bound, be sure to check out the UCSC Campus. Also, visit The Seymour Marine Discovery Center. It’s a part of the Joseph M. Long Marine Laboratory, a research and education facility of the University of California, located about 3.5 miles from Pleasure Point Cottage. For a wonderful day adventure, drive a little further to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s well worth your time.

You may take your pick of up to forty-five different Santa Cruz wineries. Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadow Brook Restaurant features 2 to 4 wines from local wineries in a spectacular river front setting. Barrel Tasting & Wine Dinner is held at Bonny Doon Vineyard every Thursday where you can glimpse into the winery & cellar. Barrel tasting is followed by a hosted three-course family-style dinner paired with wines of Bonny Doon Vineyard.

There are plenty of places in Santa Cruz County to end the day with a glass of wine and a fresh plate of seafood. The pier at the Boardwalk is one favorite places to enjoy breakfast or toast the sunset. The Shadow Brook Restaurant in nearby Capitola is another of our favorite places for a special dining experience. Fragrant gardens and rustic creek-side location add much to the ambience, not to mention a quaint cable car that takes you down to the restaurant and lounge to enjoy live guitar music and happy hour.

To reserve Pleasure Point Cottage, please view our calendar of availability; get an instant quote. If the terms pf the rental agreement are acceptable, you can simply 'Book It' on line. (Click the yellow button and the top of this listing to get started.) If you have any questions, would like assistance, send a message to Lorraine, owner. For technical assistance at VRBO/Home Away call 1 877-228-3145.

Key words: Pleasure Point vacation rental, flexible terms, off street parking, prime location in Santa Cruz, on Monterey Bay, between the Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk and Old Capitola Village. Closest airport: Norm Minetta International in San Jose, CA., fenced yard, barbeque, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, utilities included, completely furnished, surfing, off street parking. Near beach, dog friendly. Natural Bridges State Park. Henry Cowell State Park

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Lorraine Heng
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Lorraine Heng

After teaching for thirty-four years and maintaining cars, airplanes and properties for even longer, we have become 'snow birds'. Creating 'home' along the west coast has been a life long passion. This Pleasure Point Cottage is one of our favorites. It's a place we enjoy coming to for sheer relaxation: The mild climate, the fresh air, the pounding surf, fine food,long leisurely walks, and beautiful scenery.

Lorraine Heng purchased this cottage in 1979

Why Lorraine Heng chose Santa Cruz

We love the ambience, especially the fresh ocean air and natural beauty of Monterey Bay with its powerful surge of ocean waves on the beach. There is a wealth of outdoor activities here, and access to San Francisco peninsula is easy from the Santa Cruz area.

What makes this cottage unique

Where else in the world can you, walk out your front door and down the street a couple of blocks to go surfing, comfortably stroll so many beaches, walk the dog through the Light House Field or along the marshes, go deep sea fishing or sailing, go hiking or ride horseback through the nearby redwood forests; or go kayaking in the Elk Horn Slough? A continuing favorite is to watch the otters, birds and sea lions play in the estuary while enjoying a fine fish dinner at Moss Landing as the sun sets.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lorraine, your place is absolutely wonderful with everything we could ever need. I really love the loft. I slept like a baby. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you have done with the place. You optimized the space very well. We will truly enjoy ourselves. It will be hard to leave. Thank you so much.
Oct 2013
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Opal Cliffs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 460 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen size bed, plus large leather sofa.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Two blocks from the beach. Storage space for bikes and surf boards. Fenced yard for your dog. Off street parking.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(55 traveler reviews)

Pleasure Point Cottage: Central Home Base for Exploring the California Coast
average rating of 4.418182 based on 65 reviews

Pleasure Point Beach Cottage Hidden Capitola Gem with Secret Garden

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in this wonderful property several times over the past few years, each experiance improved over the previous visit. What had been a cute funky Capitola cottage has been lovingly and carefully refurbished with attention to detail and comfort. Morning coffee in the hidden garden outside the bedroom was a great way to begin the day. Downtown Capitola is an easy walk along the wonderful sea cliffs. There are always surfers at the point. The photos do not fully show the inside charm of the property but the description is accurate. Lorraine and Virgil are a pleasure to work with, helpful and very responsive. Clam chowder at the end of the Capatola pier is a great inexpensive lunch.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Upgrading the property and providing comfortable, afforadable temporary housing has become one of our long term goals.
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Cottage C

  • 4 of 5

Fabulous location, great little cottage, we've stayed here a few times, it has everything you need, plus a lovely garden. Wonderful if you have dogs! The bathroom being between the kitchen/dining room and the bedroom/sitting room can at first feel a little weird but it's totally workable for a couple! Especially if you have dogs. I highly recommend this cottage

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location,location, location!

  • 4 of 5

Short two night stay in quiet residential neighborhood. Great location for us. We had a wonderful hike with our dog at Pogonip Trail a must visit area creeks, old lodge and polo field from 1930's meadows and redwoods. Lodging was clean and adequate, would recommend this VRBO.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Temecula, CA

You need to go thru the bathroom to get to the kitchen or the bedroom/livingroom

  • 2 of 5

I am amazed at the reviews apparently some people stayed in a different place? Yes the property is clean but everything is worn. What you are actually paying for here is the location. The property is located in a beautiful surf area called the Point. This property is set up very odd. You cannot get to the kitchen without going thru the bathroom. The shower is a disaster. It's not to code and you have to step up or off a wooden step that is very slippery. The shower itself is very narrow and small. This would not be allowed by any inspector for the city IF this property was a hotel. Good for people with pets. Cannot recommend to anyone over 60 due to the dangerous condition of the bathroom shower.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wrong, the bed and furniture are relatively new, and very comfortable. Yes, the shower is small. Yes, the design is unusual. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Location is primo and keeping the cost down is an important consideration for us.
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Great access to the area

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is located in a great location to see Santa Cruz and Monterey. It felt like a very safe area and was very clean when we arrived. The directions to access the cottage were easy and it had everything you would need for a weekend escape. We will be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't beat it for the price!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here mid-January for a birthday getaway. He is a surfer so thought this would be the perfect location. The weather was very stormy and huge waves were rolling through so we enjoyed walking the two blocks from the cottage to the point to watch the big surf. It rained like crazy, too, so we didn't get to enjoy the big backyard as we would have liked. For the price you can't beat this cottage for it's location or amenities.

Just a note, the layout of the little cottage is as follows: front door opens onto the dining area/kitchen. A door near the dining area leads into the bathroom and the bathroom is between the dining room and the bedroom. Bedroom and sitting room are one room with a sliding glass door onto the back yard. Shower is a small stall with a step up so physically challenged people might have trouble with this.

Want to give a shout out to Paradise Point Yoga located near this property!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
"Wonderful amusement park, right on the beach. Don't miss the evening concerts on the beach ..."
Natural Bridges State Beach
"Temporary home of the Monarch Butterflies during the winter months. "
Mystery Spot
Steamer Lane
"Terrific surfing . . . fun to watch."
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
"Check out the campus"
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
"Hike, bike or ride through fifteen mile of beautiful, old growth redwood forest. Check out..."
"Walk a meandering path or ride a cable car down to the restaurant to enjoy old world charm a..."
Lighthouse Point Park
"Beautiful views. Walk your dog in the Light House field across the road from the Light Hou..."
The Giant Dipper
"Brave kids love the thrill."
Santa Cruz Harbor
"Great food and evening entertainment at the Crows Nest. Try breakfast out on the deck of A..."
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
"Excellent food. Eat there or order for "take out". "
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
"Check out the campus"
Monarch Butterfly Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
"A good walk with gorgeous views of the ocean and coastline."
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
"Good food, beautiful views. Observe the sea lions. Close to Boardwalk Amusement Park"
Crow's Nest Restaurant
"Great food and entertainment. Watch boats enter and leave the harbor. Enjoy concerts on the ..."
Santa cruz surfing Museum
"Enjoy the museum and if you have a dog, be sure to have a sniff around in the field across t..."
Capitola Wharf
"Good place for brunch or dinner. Beautiful views. Build sand castles on the beach nearby. ..."
Moran Lake Beach
"Enjoy a walk, have picnic, build a sand castle or a bonfire on the beach; or, walk your dog ..."
O'Neill Surf Shop
"For your surfing needs"
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
"Check out the campus"
Aldo's Restaurant
"You will love watching the boats come and go as you have breakfast or lunch on the deck outd..."
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Pasatiempo Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Point Market and Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pleasure Point
Car: recommended

Pleasure Point is one of the best surfing spots on the West Coast. Santa Cruz is the home of the Beach Board Walk (amusement park). Try kyaking in the Moss Landing slough to observe wild life. Drive the coastal route between Camel-by-the-Sea and San Francisco.

Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches to explore: Cowell's Beach, Steamer Lane, (a favorite surfing spot), Twin Beach, and Castle Beach, are all near the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Driving south from Pleasure Point Cottage, you will find Manresa Beach, La Selva, Capitola Beach, Seacliff Beach (sunken cement ship), Seascape Beach, and Sunset Beach (romance ).

Driving North look for the Santa Cruz Harbor (great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner and evening entertainment); discover Light House Field State Beach ( good surfing and great place to walk dogs), Natural Bridges (observe Monarch butterflies), Wilder Ranch Beach (historic site), Davenport Beach (tiny town with a good bakery),and Four-mile Beach (known for beach parties), Scotts Creek Beach, (a favorite for beach combing ) Wadell Creek Beach, a (a good spot for wind-surfing) Bonny Dune Beach and Red-White-Blue (clothing is optional). Come and discover how many beaches you can find to leave your foot prints in the sand!

If you want more adventure: Hike, ride a zip line or train through the beautiful redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains. Visit the UCSC Campus, the Monterey Bay Aquarium or play a round of golf. Drive up the coast to San Francisco, and walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Create an experience you'll never forget!


Rates & Availability

Opal Cliffs Cottage Rental Rates

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Spring Special
May 19 2017 - Jun 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Housekeeping Fee $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

A $150 deposit is required to create a reservation. Credit cards are accepted for the deposit. Personal checks mailed to the owner lat least 35 days prior to occupancy, are preferred for the balance due. Additional fees may be incurred for large credit card and/or International transactions. In cases of necessity, the check-in and check-out dates may be adjusted one time. The Deposit is refundable within 10 days of departure, provided the terms of the rental agreement are honored and the cottage is returned in good condition. The deposit is forfeited if the reservation is canceled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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