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.

Beachnest Vacation Rentals has a number of beautiful family and pet friendly rentals spread out over Santa Cruz County. As professional vacation rental hosts their highest priority is to exede expectations by providing top-quality accommodations with unparalleled guest service. Ever since its inception ten years ago, owners John and Liz have been committed to helping their guests find the best vacation rental choice to meet their requirements, ranging from oceanfront studio cottages for a romantic getaway to luxurious estates for a large family get together. As locals, they love the area and pride themselves on being able to share their Santa Cruz experiences with guests and provide unique recommendations on the best of Santa Cruz.

Beachnest Vacation Rentals offer many spectacular homes in their inventory. One of many being the Captain’s Quarters, a beachfront three bedroom home in the popular Seabright neighborhood with a wrap around deck that faces the Monterey Bay. Located near one of Santa Cruz’s best beaches, Twin Lakes Beach, this home is ideally situated to take in unobstructed ocean views from nearly every room and is located midway between the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola, and is just a short walk to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Nearby is another Beachnest vacation rental favorite, the Santa Cruz Harbor’s quaint Sugar Shack, featured on ABC New’s “Sweet Retreats” Special, located right on the beach with great views of the harbor. Also in the inventory is a Hawaiian themed 3 bedroom houseperfect for a big family gathering with designer decor, comfortable patio seating, lush gardens, three fireplaces and a hot tub! Just a 10 minute walk to the famous Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

If you are looking for something a bit more romantic, then head to the ultra modern two bedroom Bayfront West Cliff condo overlooking Mitchell’s Cove, just steps away from Lighthouse Field and the West Cliff Pedestrian Promenade. On the other side of town is the oceanfront Paradisio Pleasure Point luxury home with private patio seating and a fire pit, as well as Casa De la Contenta in neighboring Aptos. The Casa de la Contenta is nestled within the grounds of the New Brighton Beach and combines a spirit of adventure with a passion for natural beauty. The deck has outdoor seating for 6, a chiminea, shade umbrellas and a Japanese soaking tub with beautiful views from Capitola to Monterey, you may even see humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters and surfers! A five minute walk takes you through the woods to New Brighton State Park Beach or to the Capitola Village, which offers many shops, restaurants and bars.

You won’t be short of things to do in any of these locations. Buy your fresh fish locally from Stagnaro’s on the Wharf and prepare a meal in any of these fully equipped beach house kitchens, or relax and enjoy a meal and a view at one of the nearby restaurants. The Crows Nest in the Seabright neighborhood offers fresh seafood daily, and during the Summer months the restaurant hosts beach parties on the water with fun live music, beach dancing, an outdoor bar and delicious BBQ. If you have kids, spending a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a must, afterward head over to the wharf nearby for wine tasting at Vino Prima and then dinner at the newest restaurant on the wharf, Splash. This swanky restaurant offers modern american dining and craft cocktails and has a slowly spinning bar so everyone is sure to catch a glimpse of the sunset!

Other favorite local spots to eat near the Santa Cruz Harbor and surrounding area are Betty’s Burgers, Seabright Brewery, La Posta for inventive Italian food and live music, and for breakfast the Harbor Cafe is a must! And if you are on the East side of Santa Cruz near Pleasure Point, don’t miss a local favorite, Chill-Out Cafe, also owned by John and Liz of Beachnest Vacation Rentals! They are known for their variety of delicious breakfast burritos, but they also have excellent espresso drinks, and other lunch options. Relax in the back yard garden patio area and catch live acoustic music from talented local musicians.

If you are looking for an exciting activity sign up for a kayak, paddle board or surfing lesson in the Santa Cruz Harbor or take a first class cruise through Monterey Bay aboard the Chardonnay Charters 70 foot sailing yacht. Sip on a glass of wine as you relax on the spacious deck and take in the beauty of the Santa Cruz coastline at sunset and experience the exhilaration of sailing. At night, gather your group for a bonfire at Twin Lakes or Moran Beach, watch the sun go down and roast marshmallows by the fire, the perfect way to end a day in gorgeous Santa Cruz.