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Beach Lover's Retreat - Perfect Home for Families, Dog Owners & Romantic Escapes

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Home, 2 Bedrooms + Queen sofa bed (Sleeps 6), 2 Baths, Gourmet Kitchen, WiFi

Our relaxing beach retreat is tastefully decorated in a contemporary Balinese style with a soothing and warm tropical feel, and lacks of nothing. It is immaculate, quiet, and very comfortable—and just a block from the beach.


It’s all in the details.

This remodeled beach home’s focus is on comfort and relaxation. It has a peaceful, tropical feel throughout that puts you at ease, accented with unique art and handcrafted furnishings.

A spacious, open-concept floor plan keeps you connected, and the welcoming living and dining areas encourage you to sit down and enjoy time together.

Prepare a meal in the well-stocked gourmet kitchen and then enjoy it in the Balinese-inspired dining room.

We provide soft white towels, high-thread count sheets, and a collection of quality personal bath care items. Robes and slippers will be waiting for you, too.

Beach Lover’s Retreat is another level of dog-friendly, with plush doggie beds, blankets and a dog-friendly beach just at the end of the street. Plus, our backyard is fenced for their safety and your convenience. One guest commented, “…my dog is still wondering why we had to come home.”

In-home entertainment abounds – provided are libraries of hit movies, children movies, and multi-genre music CDs for your enjoyment! We also have a large family game collection.


After a long day at the beach or the Boardwalk, gather around the outdoor fire pit.

There is a Weber gas grill for preparing your fresh catch-of-the-day from the Santa Cruz wharf and other finds from the nearby farmers’ markets.

Enjoy your meals around the backyard dining table next to the grill, and relax afterward in our lounge chairs.

The secure fenced backyard means you can let your children and four-legged companion run free. And there is an outdoor hot + cold shower for use after coming off the beach or when the pup has rolled in the sand all day.


Our vacation home is located in a safe residential neighborhood that embraces the best of the “Santa Cruz vibe.” It’s very much a “wave and say hi” kind of place.

The beach’s sand and waves are right at the end of our street, just a block away. We’re within walking distance of 41st Avenue, the main artery in the area for restaurants, coffee houses and shops.

There’s plenty of parking with 3 on-driveway spots all your own.

We are located just 5 to 10 driving minutes from the Boardwalk and Capitola, and 15 minutes from the eclectic Pacific Street shopping / dining downtown area. The home is 50ish minutes from Monterey and Carmel.


We’ll provide you access to a customized smartphone and web app that is loaded with our Santa Cruz Insider’s Guide. Plus we are just a quick reply away with answers to any questions you may have.

And we give back to the Santa Cruz community - through donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.


Some of the things our guests often tell us are:

• We’ve created a space that is welcoming, comfortable, and soothing—all at once;

• The beach-home feels like their very-own; and

• They don’t want to leave!

Many guests come back to stay with us year after year.

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Contact us soon to book your beach getaway while your desired dates are still available—our reservation calendar often fills early and fast!

More Details

Linda Lanzl Hoagland and Cal Hoagland
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Linda Lanzl Hoagland and Cal Hoagland

Hi there! Our family—Cal, our Australian Shepherd, Mattie, and myself, Linda—would like to welcome you to our beach home.

We bought this place so we could eventually retire near the ocean. In the meantime, we’ve taken a lot of pride in decorating to make it feel truly like a home away from home, with all the amenities (and a few extras) to create a warm, inviting and peaceful place for our guests. Our neighborhood is safe and the folks are warm-hearted and full of that unique Santa Cruz spirit.

Cal and I love to travel and are blessed to have visited many exotic and wonderful locations around the world, and this is why you will find a host of travel and destination books from places we’ve enjoyed. If you’ve also been bitten by the travel bug, have a look through them and enjoy!

Linda Lanzl Hoagland and Cal Hoagland purchased this house in 2006

Why Linda Lanzl Hoagland and Cal Hoagland chose Santa Cruz

We chose this location because it’s a wonderful neighborhood near one of the best beaches in Santa Cruz. The beach is just at the end of the block and it’s very dog friendly, which was important to us. Walking the shoreline, we’ve spotted many otters, seals, porpoises, and even whales. We also love seeing the plentiful pelicans line-up in formation and glide over the surface of the water. We wanted a home with a nice-sized backyard, which was difficult to find, especially this close to the coast. But we found one! And our landscaped backyard is one of our favorite spots.

We were thrilled to get everything we wanted with the Beach Lover's Retreat, and we love sharing our cherished place by the Pacific with others!

What makes this house unique

Our home has a distinctive tropical yet modern flair, with every aspect chosen with the comfort of our guests in mind. The kitchen is completely renovated and is stocked with everything you need. The bedrooms are spacious and luxurious. The bathrooms have a nautical, yet Zen, feel. The backyard is a real treat with patio furniture, a gas BBQ, lounge chairs and a wonderful fire pit to roast marshmallows and hotdogs and cozy up to on brisk nights. You can hear the ocean waves from here. We also have a wonderful sitting area in the front of the house and folks love it because you can people watch and wave and say hello to neighbors, or sip and savor your morning coffee. It really makes you feel connected to the neighborhood. And we enjoy being hosts to our guests to ensure they feel special—like locals!—and have a great Santa Cruz visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely home you have. We enjoyed it so much. Great location and everyhting we needed. Decor is beautiful. We enjoyed the beach, the boardwalk, walks in the morning and your DVD collection catching up on new movies we hadn't seen. We hope to visit again.
Apr 2009
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Opal Cliffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First Bathroom -
    Second Bathroom -
    Outdoor shower -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Convertible bed - 1 queen , Sofa bed in great room
    Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Well-behaved dogs accepted - please call to discuss. Bikes available for rental nearby. Wet suits and surf boards available for rental nearby.


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Beach Lover's Retreat - Perfect Home for Families, Dog Owners & Romantic Escapes
average rating of 4.99375 based on 163 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had the best time ever. Where to start? The attention to detail on how the owners make you feel welcome is outstanding. Our family (2 adults, 3 little kids and a dog) felt immediately at home. Wine for the adults, dog treats for the dog and a healthy sweet for kids and adults was just the start. Before we even unpacked, the kids found the toys and the more than adorable bathrobes for them. We felt like that the owners know us and our kids.

There is no need to bring any totes for the beach since there were plenty available. So were two beach umbrellas and plenty of toys for the kids (human and furry).

The house was very clean and has a great floor plan. We never felt on top of each other. The backyard is beautiful and we spend many hours around the firepit. The location worked out perfectly for us. While the kids were having a slow start in the morning one of us would take the dog on a nice long walk on the beach. Same at night. Our kids (almost 7 and two 3 year olds) loved the beach and the surf but it required close supervison from us which we did not mind since one of us was in the water with them 😁?.

The neighborhood is very friendly and we met a variety of nice people while walking.

We stayed for a week and it was truly our home away from home.

It is also very nice that Capitola and Santa Cruz are close by but far enough to make this house a quiet spot. Pleasure Point and the nice walkway along the ocean was easily walkable for us while enjoying watching the surfers.

We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Luis Obispo

Wonderful dog friendly beach house

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home! The location can’t be beat, half a block from the 26th Avenue Beach. This is a great beach for walking, playing, surfing, or watching the sunset. The house is close to Pleasure Point which is a world famous surf break. Pleasure Point is also a lot of fun for walking and people watching for the non-surfers. You get the real feel of Santa Cruz along this stretch of sidewalk. The backyard is fenced and comfortable and includes a nice grill and a fire pit. We enjoyed the fire pit every night and cooked on the grill. The house was very well stocked with supplies, including cooking utensils, spices and extra towels. Very dog friendly home. There are lots of dog beds, leashes, toys and treats available. Finally, the owners are kind and make it easy. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location very clean

  • 5 of 5

We have rented several Homes and we must say this is one of the very nicest.

We will go there again and again.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Christopher B.

  • 5 of 5

5 stars. Perfect. Beach Lover's Retreat exceeded our expectations in every single way. Home is extremely well appointed. Every possible convenience offered. The level of detail regarding home itself, what to do,where to go, etc. was superb. It's as if you have your own personal concierge guiding you, in large part due to the kindness and attentiveness of the home owners. Most importantly for us, it gives "dog friendly" a new meaning; so many aspects of the home cater to our extended 4 legged family members - doggie treats,toys, bowls, leashes. Walked to dogs to the beach 2 X a day. It's little wonder that BLR gets a consistent 5 star rating from its guests. Yes; it is THAT good ! We will definitely be returning to this lovely beach house.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with all the right touches.

  • 5 of 5

We went up to Santa Cruz for our 29th Wedding Anniversary and stayed at the Beach Lover's Retreat. Everything was perfect! Spotless home, comfortable, with all the nice touches to make you feel at home. I would highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stockton, Ca

Perfect vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family Just spent 5 nights at this home and we were not disappointed with anything. The location is perfect, short walk to the beach, you can actually hear the waves while relaxing in the very comfortable backyard. House is fully equipped with EVERYTHING you need. Nice bottle of wine, candy and treats for our puppy dog, upon arrival. Beds and linens are extremely comfortable. Owners are very easy to get ahold of, and a pleasure to work with. Deposit promptly refunded! There is seriously no complaints with the owners or this home. Book it, you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
Verve Coffee
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
Neptune's Kingdom
Aloha Island Grille
Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room
Patagonia Outlet Santa Cruz
Whole Foods Market
The Hook
The Penny Ice Creamery
Paradise Beach Grille
Live Oaks Beach-dog friendly!
"1 mile long beautiful stretch of beach with views of the Monterey Bay and Capitola Beach area"
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
26th Avenue Beach - at the end of our block!
Car: recommended

Pleasure Point Area


Rates & Availability

Opal Cliffs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Winter 2017
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
New Year's 2017-2018
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2018
Mar 16 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $1 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Standard rates and minimum night periods apply other than for Summer Season and Holiday Periods
7 night minimum stays rent from changeover date afternoon 4 PM until the following changeover date morning 11 AM
Shorter stays during 7 night minimum stay periods are available should you wish to rent a full 7 nights
We do not book single night stays
Please email about monthly rental rates, which vary by month (available Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb)
Cleaning fee $150, and $150 every two weeks for stays greater than two weeks
Occupancy Taxes, should the tax rate change, will adjust to then current Santa Cruz County tax rates during stay dates
No occupancy taxes for stays equal to or greater than 31 days per current Santa Cruz County occupancy tax rules
Until booking is confirmed, rental and cleaning fee rates are subject to change
To confirm booking, mutually signed personalized rental agreement + security deposit receipt required
No smoking in home, on property, or in neighborhood
Santa Cruz County Occupancy Tax Certificate #CO00041

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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