USA California California Coast Santa Cruz Listing #1703

Boardwalk Dream - Santa Cruz, CA

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Max. occupancy: 6 (4 adults) 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed, 2 Twin Bed 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms No pets 
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Vibrant home with breathtaking views & convenient location!

Look out over the popular and vibrant Beach Boardwalk when you stay at this contemporary and stylish, two-bedroom Santa Cruz vacation rental! With ocean views of both the boardwalk and the wharf, free WiFi, and even a Blu-ray player, this Boardwalk Dream promises all the comforts of home in an unbeatable location!

In the very desirable Beach Hill neighborhood, you'll be right in the heart of this iconic California coastal town. Just three blocks from the well-known Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the sand itself, you'll have easy access to restaurants, museums, galleries, and more just steps away. Attractions like the Roaring Camp Steam Engine, Pasatiempo Golf Course, and Natural Bridges State Park are also just a short drive from this gorgeous Santa Cruz retreat.

Spacious and bright with tall ceilings, this Santa Cruz condo will allow your whole group to spread out with a large, open floor plan. The well-designed kitchen is fully-stocked with all the major appliances that you would expect, including a dishwasher. Counter top gadgets include a coffee grinder, blender, toaster, and a microwave. Everything from lazy weekend brunches to multi-course dinners will be no problem here!

The dining room table will seat up to six, and in the adjacent living room you can curl up on the couch for some DVDs on the Blu-ray player or cable on the wall-mounted, flatscreen TV.

This home offers a private washer and dryer for guest use, as well as an air mattress for an additional sleeping option.

During your stay, be sure to walk the five minutes to the nearby San Lorenzo River path, right to the vibrant downtown area for unique shops, cafes, bars, and galleries. Main Beach is only two blocks away, a popular family beach for many in the San Francisco Bay area. And the awesome Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, one of the oldest amusement parks in California, offers an historic wood roller coaster, other rides, games, and even free live music in the summer - an easy walk right from your front door!

Visit Municipal Wharf and listen to the calls of the sea lions, rent surf boards and hit Cowell's Beach in search of the perfect wave, or rent some bikes and explore some of the nearby paved trails. Other attractions include the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a day trip to San Francisco, just under an hour and a half north or the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, only 43 miles south.

Perfect for two couples traveling together with kids or a family getaway, this Central California Coast vacation rental will have everyone enjoying a sunny and adventure-filled Santa Cruz getaway!

* Please note that this home is equipped with a surveillance camera inside the garage area.

City/town permit number: STR18-0026

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Kitchen & dining






Ocean view

Water view

Beach access


Internet : AT&T


Cable : Comcast

DVD player

Wireless router

Blu-Ray player

Sound dock






Beach towels

87 reviews

stephanie k. Jun 2022
We enjoyed our stay.
Deann N. May 2022
We love this lil house and our trips to Santa Cruz this house is a great location walking distance to beach, boardwalk and wharf the only thing I would suggest is a new bed for the bigger bedroom it would be awesome to have a queen , but we still love this location!
Jeffery J. Mar 2022
As other reviewers mentioned the property is in a great spot with a nice view of the boardwalk. A simple stroll down the hill gets you right in to the action of the boardwalk and pier. Parking in the area is limited and having a place to park right in front of the home is a nice perk.

After a long day of driving, hiking, or walking around the local areas you want to come back to some simple comforts such as a good place to sit and sleep. This is where the unit falls short.

Beds are hard and uncomfortable. I would highly suggest to the owner invest in a new and larger bed in the main bedroom as the spring mattress left us with many sleepless nights. Every move woke the other person every night we stayed. The room could easily handle a king bed. A platform bed with a king memory foam or nicer spring mattress would really benefit future travelers from waking up with aching necks, shoulders and hips.

Secondary bedroom is two twin beds that also need updating. Both our teenage girls complained of similar aches and pains in the AM, creating a unenjoyable morning.

Living Room:
Sofa and chairs in the main living need to be removed and replaced. The sofa doesn't fit the room and covers the heat register for those colder days (which I did not notice until our final night). The padding on the sofa will only allow you to sit in certain areas of the sofa. Sitting other places you will feel the wood slats. Again, not great when trying to seat a family of four after a long day of exploring and needing some rest.

Well, It could use a remodel. I will admit the counter tiles are old. The flooring is inexpensive which makes the place feel unattractive. A fresh coat of paint would not hurt either. Again, a few dollars spent in these areas could take this home to the next level.

I am giving our stay 3 stars (2.5 if possible) as it gave us a great location to things we wanted to do. This could easily be a 5 with some minor updates.
Valerie G. Feb 2022
Great location in downtown SC. Easy walk to beach and boardwalk. On top floor (3 doors) there is peaceful deck with nice views. Start your day with coffee and morning sunshine. Clean and lots of extras. Enjoyed our stay.
Ryan J. Nov 2021
The location was perfect!
Wayne U. Aug 2021
Location & view
Kimberly A K. Jul 2021
We loved staying so close to the Boardwalk and missing out on the parking nightmare! Plenty of beaches and high-quality restaurants nearby to choose from was also great! The 2 bedroom/2 bathroom layout plus the 2 air mattresses provided was perfect for our group. There are 3 flights of stairs, so a baby play pen is necessary for mobile babies/young toddlers that are not 100% confident with stairs yet. We loved the 2 parking spaces plus 1-car garage w/ a washer/dryer in this quiet, 6 unit complex. Interestingly, there was an overabundance of towels (very helpful) and decorative pillows (???), but only 3 forks! The dressers were falling apart and the upstairs shower curtain was stained with mildew, but those were the only minor issues.
Daniel F. Jul 2021
Cute place. Nice view from the small veranda. Parking spots included which eases the stress on a crowded day. 2-3 blocks to the beach and boardwalk. It is a beach vacation rental so it has some wear and tear but it is clean and had everything we needed for our short stay
Kari H. Jul 2021
Deceiving picture, worse than expected. Dirty floors, dirty walls, worn/old bedding held together with safety pins, and the queen mattresses is horribly uncomfortable and is loud/squeaks with any movement (bring ear plugs). Despite all the previous reviews describing the above issues and the replies from the management company that they would look into it, nothing has changed. The vacation rental is still dirty and completely worn out/outdated. Also of note, the stairs are very steep, so if there are any issues with mobility or young children, look elsewhere.
Manager response:
Hello Kari,We sincerely apologize for the cleanliness concerns you encountered during your stay with us. Our team of housekeepers takes pride in their cleanliness standards, as it is a top priority service we provide for every guest prior to check-in. We are disappointed to see that this concern was not reported to us during your stay as we would have been happy to assist. We have passed your feedback along to our housekeeping staff so they are aware of your concerns. We hope to have the opportunity to impress you in the future!
Erik D. Jul 2021
Close to the Boardwalk and beach. Garage for one car and additional parking for at least 2-3 more. Quiet neighborhood but kind of cool to hear sea lions from the pier and distant screams of people on rides. Can walk to the Boardwalk and save $25 parking fee.
Tiahna J. Jul 2021
I don't normally leave bad reviews, but I feel like it was enough to comment on, so I'm going to here. My teenage son and I stayed here and overall, it was okay. The location was good, an easy walk to the Boardwalk and beach. My problem is that I don't think it was cleaned properly before my stay. For example, the bathroom that's attached to the master. I showered in there and by the time I was done with my 15 minute shower, the bathtub was full of water, to my calves. As far as I'm concerned, if the shower had actually been cleaned prior to my stay, the person cleaning it would have noticed that the water wasn't draining at all. On top of that, there's no shower liner, so you're showering with a soap-scummy curtain that is clearly never cleaned and no doubt has other people's shower scum on it. The bedspread in the master has interesting looking spots on it (blood?), I didn't bother even sleeping on the bed. I sat upright on the couch and slept both nights. In the other bathroom (on the top floor), there was a nasty dried up contact lens stuck to the toilet lid. Neither myself nor my son wear lenses of any kind, and again if things had been properly cleaned prior to our arrival, I don't think that would have been there. I took pics, but there's nowhere for me to post them. The cleanliness thing bothers me a lot, especially when everyone is spouting off about how their "Covid cleaning standards" are all super good. They're clearly not. The kitchen sink / disposal had a pretty unpleasant smell. But in contrast, the fridge was clean and the place was overall in order. So it was a weird experience. The dressers are pretty bad, I'm not sure I would bother keeping one that has to be held together with duct tape, and that is exactly what's happening here. Also, the extra blankets and pillows that are offered in the closets could use an update. This place is convenient, for sure. Entry and parking and all that was fine. I just can't get past the drainage and cleanliness problems. I'd like to say we would stay here again because of how close to everything it is, but truthfully, I'll look for another place.
Manager response:
Hello Tiahna, We do sincerely apologize for the issues you experienced during your stay. We are disappointed that they were not reported to us during your stay, so we could address them and make your stay more enjoyable. We do hope that you will allow us to host you again and give us the chance to impress you.
Sebastian G. May 2021
The location was perfect. The beach was walking distance. Downtown was just over a mile away. Quiet location and beautiful view of the boardwalk.
Deann N. May 2021
House was walking distance to boardwalk and warf
Todd K. Mar 2021
home was great for our group of 4. The trundle bed was a nice surprise and the patio had amazing views. 10/10. already planning next years trip!
Colin D. Feb 2021
The location is super convenient between the beach and downtown and the place is spatious, but it needs new mattresses and a deep clean to be all we were hoping for.
Manager response:
Hello Colin, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We have provided your valuable feedback to our local manager to look into further. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope we have the chance to host you again!
Elena A. Sep 2020
I think it’s my best stay for sure for now with Airbnb service! It’s a full house, 3 floors, loved it a lot! Very modern inside, clean and has everything needed! Communication with Molly was quick and efficient! Hope to stay here again probably in November!
Kirsti H. Mar 2020
Very clean home, close to board walk.
Nicole L. Feb 2020
If you are going to Santa Cruz, go here! You are just 2 blocks from the boardwalk! Close to shopping, restaurants and easy access to the highway for exploring the coastline. House is very clean and well maintained, with a perfectly small patio to enjoy the views out to the ocean and watch the fog roll in. The house has many stairs, but it is well worth it as it is convenient and comfortable. We will surely be back! Cheers!
Austin D. Nov 2019
How nice to was to be that close to the beach
Fabian B. Sep 2019
Nice clean home with beautiful views
Sarah G. Aug 2019
The house was beautiful. Neatly cleaned. The only issues were the outside garbage cans were full when we got there and rhere wasnt any laundry detergent available even after we called to get some. The only real drawback was no ac. The house was super hot when we got there and took a while to cool down. But it was a great location and beautiful.
Sue T. Jul 2019
This house was filthy and the shower curtain moldy. The furniture was extremely outdated. There were no drawer handles making it difficult to open their sticky hand painted dressers. The showers didn't have drain plugs so remove all jewelry before washing up. The house rules ask for guest to launder linens before leaving. No thank you. I hope my linens were laundered by an experience house keeper before my arrival. The beds were extremely uncomfortable and there was no AC. We had to sleep with ALL the windows open to cool off. Needless to say, WE DIDN'T SLEEP WELL. This property needs immediate help.
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Sue. We are sorry to hear that you were dissatisfied with this home. We are happy to report that the home has undergone a deep clean, the shower curtain has been replaced, and we are looking to update the furniture. While this home does not offer a/c, we hope that the ceiling fans will provide airflow in the home. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
Cary P. May 2019
We love to cook so the large well stocked kitchen is a plus for us- location is fabulous and it's nice and roomy and comfortable with a small balcony .
Victoria D. Apr 2019
Great location within walking distance of the Boardwalk and other things. Nice comfortable condo. Only a few negatives- the pictures on the website don't reflect actual furniture there in a couple of respects, i.e.- no bunk beds in the one bedroom, just a trundle bed; and the kitchen table is a much smaller table that really only seats 4 versus the larger table shown on the website. Also many of the plates had small bits of food dried up on them, as did many of the cutlery items in the drawers. We just washed everything before we used it. Other than that, it was a nice stay.
Linda M. Jan 2019
very nice and right at the beach/boardwalk area. Only wish I'd known about all the stairs inside. But having the dumbwaiter helped with luggage.
Cary P. Nov 2018
Well supplied kitchen for making family meals - cozy living room , lively balcony for morning coffee
And comfortable beds and great location !
Andre W. Nov 2018
Perfect little home in great neighborhood can't find a better location to explore the boardwalk and downtown. Clean and enjoyable
Susan M. Oct 2018
Everything was great!
Hank L. Oct 2018
As long as you can handle stairs, this is a great place! If you have a load of groceries, there's a dumbwaiter elevator too. Great spot that's close enough to walk to the Boardwalk and restaurants in the area. Great view from the balcony on the living room/kitchen 3rd floor!
Susan H. Oct 2018
Very clean and nice. Close to boardwalk and wharf. A lot of stairs if that is a concern.
Dallas G. Aug 2018
Great view n a short walk to beach
Amy E. Jul 2018
This place was gorgeous, unique, super convenient to the Boardwalk, and in great condition. Wonderful stay again for sure!
E Howard R. Jul 2018
This 3 story condo is so close to everything! It is fully stocked with everything needed to cook. Bedrooms are comfortable. We walked to the boardwalk and downtown easily. Parking is good. We were able to faintly hear the laughter from the boardwalk and see a bit of the ocean from the patio. Wifi was not great, but happy to have the convenience. We'd stay there again. Perfect for a family of 4.
Veronica V. Jun 2018
The home was beautiful and had all the amenities needed. The location to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is perfect and you can see the rides and ocean from the balcony. It was a great getaway for the family. We will definitely stay here again.
Robert P. Mar 2018
Perfect location !! Only 4 blocks to the Boardwalk at Santa Cruz. It has 4 parking spots and a beautiful view of the Boardwalk !! Can walk to Boardwalk bowling alley in two minutes. Live music there every Saturday from 9 - 12 midnite. Kristina Delic is the VaCasa Operator and she is the BOMB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers !! Rob
Alexander A. Feb 2018
Great location - literally mins from the SC Boardwalk - you can see it from the balcony. Downtown SC is also conveniently nearby - including quick bites and Walgreens! Space is 3 floors. Living area on top, bedrooms on second. Large spacious with natural light and Oceanside breeze. Onsite manager was very communicative and responsive with accommodation issues. Property has great potential.
Lisa B. Dec 2017
The best thing to say is the location is great for Boardwalk lovers. The kitchen utensils were good.
Kristy M. Oct 2017
Great location but paid a cleaning fee and I believe the house was cleaner than when we arrived after we left. Floors not vacuumed carpet dirty floors not mopped and the cleaning girl was there until five. Check in is at 4 😒
Eric T. Oct 2017
Nice location
Suzanne M. Aug 2017
Overall the location of the house was awesome. The furnishings and decor were a little out dated but that wasn't a big deal as we were in and out the entire time. The home was clean with the exception of the floor which was very dirty.
Christina V. Jun 2017
This place is so convenient. Loved being able to walk down to the boardwalk and back! Could take a quick break in the middle of the day without having to drive in the traffic. Plus we spent the morning at the nearby Seabright beach which was beautiful and less crowded than Boardwalk.
Tammy T. Apr 2017
This property is a great location for the family to access the boardwalk and all it has to offer. You are literally 5 minutes walking to the boardwalk, arcade and amusement park.
Christopher S. Mar 2017
We loved the location of this property. Close to the beach and downtown venues
Lorencita D. Mar 2017
Very nice home, equip with everything we needed and within walking distance to the beach & boardwalk.
Karen B. Jan 2017
Easy walk to the boardwalk, wharf, and downtown. Even with this central location, quiet and relaxing getaway. Nicely decorated, well stocked and maintained condo. Kitchen & living room on the top (third) floor, so be prepared for the stairs, but the dumb waiter to haul luggage & groceries up from the garage/ground level is great!
David T. Dec 2016
The house is close to everything so that you can just about walk to everything including 2 different good surf spots and is also far enough from the main drag that you don't hear the traffic (cars & people).
William M. Dec 2016
We enjoyed our stay.The home was clean an comfortable and it was a great walk to town or beach.
Kathleen M. Nov 2016
Nice place, good for a family.
William L. Oct 2016
Location is good but property sorely needs updating.
Marcella L. Sep 2016
Great location. Perfect for my parents and nephew. Only walking distance to beach Boardwalk. Condo felt very cozy perfect for our little family. Would consider this over any motel/hotel stay.
Patricia F. Aug 2016
There are actually 3 floors. the garage is on the first floor, then the bedrooms on the second and the kitchen and living room on the third floor. Unit needs to be repainted and the beds are awful.
Carina V. Jul 2016
Walking distance to the boardwalk which was a major plus for us!!! :)
Nicole G. Jul 2016
So nice to have a kitchen and for everyone to have their space! We had a blast at the beach, The Boardwalk, and downtown. I used to live in Santa Cruz for College so it was great to go back for a visit.
Connie W. Jun 2016
Very nice, I do agree the master bed is not too comfortable, however, location, location, location.. I did love the proximity to the beach.
Laura B. Jun 2016
The location is great, between the beach/boardwalk area and the downtown shops and restaurants and within walking distance of both. Do keep in mind Santa Cruz is hilly, so you'll be walking uphill going or coming. The slope to the beach is gentle, but it is steep getting to and from downtown. The condo is very nicely maintained and equipped, with one exception. There's no digital recorder, so we couldn't record stuff that was on when we were out and about to watch later during our down time. Since I knew this in advance I brought my digital recorder along, but that was a big inconvenience, disrupted things I wanted to record at home while we were away, and wouldn't have been possible if we hadn't driven to Santa Cruz. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay very much.
Lyndsey F. Apr 2016
The location was perfect and we were very comfortable. We stayed with our four year old and almost two year old and everything was good for us. We just had to watch them with the balcony door. Otherwise, everything was great.
Monique R. Apr 2016
Great place and easy access to the the boardwalk and Wharf
Jana G. Apr 2016
We loved staying at this condo. The location was great and it was very clean. The only drawback was the bed in the master bedroom wasn't very comfortable. I would gladly stay here again.
Julie M. Mar 2016
Within walking distance to everything!
Thomas R. Mar 2016
Great location
Marc M. Feb 2016
Enjoyed the location of this property. It was an easy walk to both the ocean and the downtown areas.
Julia B. Dec 2015
Fantastic location, good space, clean. There was a big ANT problem that was an issue. If this gets addressed, then I'd highly recommend the place. Good value.
Sharon S. Aug 2015
Great place, great location
Tracy R. Aug 2015
Boardwalk Dream is centrally located to everything - the Boardwalk, downtown, the pier, lots of restaurants and places to shop - the movie theater. We barely drove the whole time we were there. The condo is clean. It could use some updating, but overall it is a pleasant place to stay. We would return.
Jennifer R. Jul 2015
This condo was so conveniently located near the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. You could hear seagulls and the sea lions in the morning! You could even hear the screams and laughs from the Board Walk rollercoasters.

Vacasa was great with communication and details. When we had trouble with the door lock code, we called Vacasa and someone helped us out immediately.

The towels and linens were clean and we LOVED the toiletries available (shampoo, conditioner and soap). Everyone was very comfortable in the home and we all had an amazing time.

So happy we chose this condo and chose to go through Vacasa! I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone, and I will DEFINITELY book through Vacasa again in the future.
Ansel H. Jul 2015
The condo is three floors. One car garage first floor, second floor bedrooms & bathrm, third floor living room, kitchen & dining. The "dumbwaiter" is a lifesaver which serves all three floors. No AC, at first I wasn't sure, but realized first night we didn't need one. Cool breeze cooled the entire home more than adequate. I would stay here again for sure.
Nancy F. Jun 2015
This is a great family unit and location. The condition of the unit could be better, but with children, it made it very relaxing. The bunk beds were great. The furniture, in general, was very well used, but comfortable. Loved the dumbwaiter. The view was exceptional. You can see the rides on the Boardwalk and the kids loved hearing people screaming on the rides. The neighborhood is dicey, but it's so close to the Boardwalk and beach. Very nice dining room. Kitchen has everything . The media center is very complete and easy to use. I would stay there again if I had kids with me. Not a romantic place.....
Christina H. Jun 2015
Roomy condo just a short walk from the beach and boardwalk. Perfect for a family with 3 kids. Everything you could need.
Lisa R. Apr 2015
The location of this condo is so convenient. It is a 3 block walk to the entrance to the boardwalk. This condo is three stories. Garage is on the 1st floor, bedrooms and bathroom on 2nd floor and living area with view of the boardwalk is on the 3rd floor. Dumbwaiter comes in handy for groceries and backpacks, but there are a lot of stairs. Some of the furniture like the living room couch and master bed mattress need to be replaced. Otherwise, the condo is clean and perfect for a family.
Tracy S. Jan 2015
My girlfriends and I were super pleased with everything that our weekend entailed! The neighborhood was safe and we always ran into locals suggesting places to go whether to eat or enjoy live music.. When we drank we were able to walk back home and when wanting to shop or get a fancy meal in capitola it was only 20 mins away! I had nothing but positive vibes from this lil gem:..
Mathew H. Jan 2015
The house was amazing, easy to find and very inviting. It is within walking distance to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, great area if you have kids, or if you want to act like a kid yourself. Great location for any activity around Monterrey Bay (Skydive Monterrey Bay) or take the 90 minute drive up the coast to San Francisco.