Neighborhoods

In need of some local knowledge? This is the perfect place to see what should be on your agenda in each of the neighborhoods that make up the Santa Cruz landscape. Drive times, craft breweries, coffee houses and all things walkable from your Surf City rental are now at your finger tips.

the penny ice creamery in pleasure point, ca

Pleasure Point

(Walkable + Bikeable From Your Pleasure Point Rental)

Located on the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, Pleasure Point is the gem of Santa Cruz County. A surfer’s paradise, Pleasure Point is home to more than a dozen famous surf breaks that draw surfers from around the world (in fact, Pleasure Point is home to Jack O’Neill – wetsuit pioneer and founder of O’Neill Clothing). 

Known for its landmark surf breaks and Hollywood surf film locations, this neighborhood is 100% walkable giving you easy access to coffee houses, surf shops, craft breweries and shopping that will have you extending your stay on day one. Whether cruising East Cliff Drive on a beach cruiser or via flip flops, this iconic neighborhood has it all, you’ll instantly see why Silicon Valley’s elite have their beach house “office” in a place where salty air and views of Monterey Bay are instantly accessible.

Whether you’re coming to Pleasure Point on vacation or business, you’ll find lots of exciting attractions in this beautiful coastal village.

Check out these exciting attractions during your visit:

Hit the Stores

Pleasure Point’s commercial center is just a short walk from the Pleasure Point beach – at 41st Avenue and Portola Drive. Browse the quirky local shops, high-end boutiques, and numerous art galleries in the downtown corridor. You’ll find an eclectic mix of vintage shops, surf stores, home goods and coastal decor boutiques, and more. 

Head to the Beach

You’re visiting Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz County, California, so you know the beach is a true must-see. Fortunately, the area has several excellent options to choose from. One of the most notable is simply Pleasure Point Beach. A popular Santa Cruz surf spot, Pleasure Point Beach offers a view of the beautiful coast and plenty of space to enjoy a picnic with the family. 

Insider Tip: Pleasure Point is the setting for the cult-famous surf movie Chasing Mavericks. To see where the movie was filmed, visit Pleasure Point Beach, Pleasure Point Park, and East Cliff Drive. 

Grab a Bite to Eat

Once you’ve had your share of surf and sun, hit the shade and grab something delicious to eat. Pleasure Point offers an eclectic assortment of Mexican food, burrito joints, and ethnic cuisine. Local favorites include The Penny Ice Creamery, Pleasure Pizza, and the food trucks at the weekly Live Oak Farmers Market. 

capitola village

Capitola Village

(Walkable + Bikeable From Your  Village Rental)

There’s a reason why Capitola-by-the-Sea has been recognized for being the ultimate oceanside getaway. Literally, within minutes, you’ll have sand between your toes as you try to choose which ocean-front restaurant you should try first. Shopping, beach activity rentals, wine tasting, and award-winning events can be accessed within just a couple blocks of your new beach house headquarters where driving isn’t necessary and resort living is right outside your front door.

seabright in santa cruz, ca

Seabright

(Walkable + Bikeable From Your Seabright Rental)

When we say the sand is literally steps away, we mean it. All our Seabright area homes let you live like a local and they are located in the heart of this coveted neighborhood that has its own craft brewery, farm to table restaurant district and popular beach-side restaurants and recreation. While being seconds to the sand is what these homes are all about, you’ll also be just minutes from the Santa Cruz Warriors arena and downtown Santa Cruz’s Pacific Avenue where you can dine and shop to your heart’s desire.

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Westside

(Walkable From Seabright + Driveable From Village & Pleasure Point Rentals)

Craft Craft breweries and wine tasting as well as the iconic West Cliff Drive walking path place this northern portion of Santa Cruz on the list of places to explore during your stay. While farm to table-style restaurants and surf shops are tucked into this unique commercial/residential neighborhood, you can also hike and bike the trails that extend from the sea to mountain tops that overlook the great Pacific.

downtown santa cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz

(Bikeable From Seabright + Driveable From Village & Pleasure Point Rentals)

A short walk from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Warriors arena is Pacific Avenue, where restaurants, shopping and every eclectic souvenir you can imagine is found all within a few blocks bursting with amazing finds. A full calendar of events and family-friendly activities take place all year long with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and Abbott Square’s bustling city center as the place to be.

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Aptos

Are you looking for a quiet beachfront community where you can relax, unwind, and recharge? Aptos is calling your name. Located in beautiful Santa Cruz County, Aptos includes the Rio Del Mar, Seacliff, historic Aptos Village, and Seascape areas. 

Aptos is also the Gateway to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park where hikers, bikers, and recreationists of all kinds take advantage of the 10,000 acres of trails, redwood groves, and panoramic views of Monterey Bay. 

Whether you’re visiting Aptos for business or enjoying a family getaway, you’ll soon find that this seaside escape offers a truly unique experience. 

Check out these popular attractions in the Aptos area:

Head to the Beach

Seacliff State Beach is known for its picturesque fishing pier and the half-sunk concrete freighter docked to it. The lovingly-named “Cement Ship” was built as a freighter at the end of World War I, but suffered fatal blows from winter storms. 

Today, the ship (which is more than 100 years old) makes a stunning landmark and serves as an artificial reef for marine life in the area. Take a picnic and a camera and enjoy the view offered by this beautiful location – it’s especially stunning at sunset and sunrise.

Alternately, take the whole family (and your four-legged friend, if you have one) to Rio Del Mar State Beach. The area offers plenty of space to kick back and relax, throw the stick for Fido, or enjoy a beach fire in the evening.

Visit the Aptos History Museum

Aptos was once a bustling railroad and logging community, and signs of those industries remain. At the Aptos History Museum, you’ll find a collection of artifacts, photographs, and other remnants from years gone by. This is also an excellent place to learn more about the native inhabitants of the land that is now Aptos – the Ohlone Indians. 

Go Shopping

Aptos Village is the town center of Aptos. An adorable, welcoming district, Aptos Village is a walkable, family-friendly destination for shopping, dining, and more. Visit the numerous boutiques, art galleries, and local stores, grab a coffee at one of the artisan cafes, or enjoy a delicious meal in one of Aptos’s famous hometown restaurants.