West Coast Vacation Rental Road Trip: Santa Cruz & Capitola

Leaving wine country, our last road trip stop, we make our way to Santa Cruz for some fun in the sun, seafood and surf.

As you make your way through our West Coast Road Trip itinerary, rejuvenate and recharge along the way  in a luxury vacation rental! Not only will you be super comfortable, you’ll be saving money if you book your vacation rental direct with the property manager. Booking with the property manager is the way to ensure that you’ll get the best rates and no travelers fees at vacation rentals across the West Coast and beyond.

When you book vacation rentals on listing sites like Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and Flipkey, you are getting charged thousands of dollars extra in service fees, where you could be getting the same vacation rental at a much lower rate when you book direct.

On our West Coast Vacation Rental Road Trip,  we’ll connect you to the best of the best in accommodation, food, adventure and more!

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz vacation rental

Santa Cruz offers so much to do and see including amazing shopping, dining, and fun activities for the whole family. Here are our top 5 choices of things to do in Santa Cruz:

  • Start the day with a cup of coffee and a walk on West Cliff. Grab a cup from local coffee company Verve on the West side and take it to go for your walk along the cliffs.

  • Grab a bite to eat at Harbor Cafe for the best brunch in Santa Cruz. They have an amazing polenta Benedict served with avocado and pesto, as well as a variety of  excellent breakfast cocktails.

  • After breakfast it’s time for some shopping and exploring in Downtown Santa Cruz. Stroll along Pacific Avenue and check out the many great shops, coffee spots, bars and eateries. For great shopping and unique finds be sure to stop inside StripeHome/Work and Botanic and Luxe.

  • Next up, some beer and wine tasting at the many wine, beer and liquor tasting rooms on the West side. Start at MJA Vineyards for some great reds and continue on to Equinox for delicious sparkling wine

  • Final stop of the day is to see some live music! Moe's Alley, the Crepe Place and Club Kuumbwa are some top choices. 

Where to Stay

For the best rate guarantee on vacation rentals in Santa Cruz, California and no traveler fees, book direct with this professional host:

Beachnest Vacation Rentals

Beachnest Vacation Rentals has a number of beautiful kid and pet friendly rentals spread out over Santa Cruz County. As professional vacation rental hosts their highest priority is to exceed expectations by providing top-quality accommodations with unparalleled guest service.

Captains Quarters

Imagine waking up to the sound of waves gently crashing right outside your window, as your eyes flutter open you are met with the breathtaking views of the sunshine hitting the sparkling blue ocean from the comfort of your king sized bed. Roll out of bed and take a fresh cup of coffee out to the deck to enjoy the fresh morning air on your face as you watch the day slowly come to fruition. Well you can do just that from the Captain's Quarters.This beach house boasts one of the most spectacular ocean views in Santa Cruz!


If you pass through Santa Cruz on your road trip, you have to make a stop in nearby Capitola too, the cutest seaside town on the Central Coast. Capitola is a quaint town just a few miles South of Santa Cruz. It's one of the oldest vacation retreats on the Pacific Coast and has been one of the premiere, year-round coastal vacation spots in the area. There are several reasons Capitola is a coveted getaway, including its small size, relaxing atmosphere, and the fact that it typically has less crowds than the more popular beach town of Santa Cruz. It is truly a beautiful place with a unique beach vibe that leaves a lasting impression.


Where to Stay

For the best rate guarantee on vacation rentals in Capitola, California and no traveler fees, book direct with this professional host:

Beach House Rentals

Beach House Rentals is one of the top vacation rental companies in the area with the majority of their vacation rentals walking distance to the beach in Capitola, as well as top restaurants and shops in the area. 

Oceanside Luxury Dream Beach House


Welcome to the Oceanside Luxury Dream Beach House in Capitola Village! Just steps to the sand on Capitola Beach, enjoy this incredible 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom beach house that sleeps up to 9 guests. Capitola Village Vacation Rental, located in the heart of Capitola Village. This exceptional beach house is nothing short of spectacular. Live in luxury, relaxing and enjoying perfect panoramic ocean views from this upscale and modern 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath pristine rental condo in Capitola. The incredible panoramic windows open up the ocean breeze into the spacious living and dining room area. When you step out onto either balcony from the living room or master bedroom that boasts stunning views of the Monterey Bay.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our vacation rental road trip! And remember to always book direct for the best rate guarantee on vacation rentals.