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Kate's Cottage by the Sea: A Quiet Family Retreat in Santa Cruz--Walk to Beach!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Fenced Yard. Walk to Pet-Friendly Beaches.

Hidden away from the bustling Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Kate’s Cottage by the Sea offers a come-as-you-are getaway for everyone – from the young to the young-at-heart, and even your four-legged family members.

With room for 8, our cozy home is a five-minute walk from picturesque local beaches at 23rd Avenue, 26th Avenue and Moran Lake, and features a spacious yard for you to spread out in. Leave with a great tan, a relaxed attitude and priceless memories with the ones you love.


An open design maximizes time together, so you can be part of the laughs even while whipping up meals. With a living room and a family room, half the family can snuggle up by the fireplace and chat while the other half hits the foosball table for a friendly competition or flips on their favorite movie on the DVD or VHS player.

And don’t forget about the yard: once the kids are tucked in dreaming of their next day on the beach, wind down by the firepit over a cocktail - or two. After all, this is your vacation, too.


Family fun is our specialty, and our large, fenced-in yard offers plenty of space to spend time together in. Challenge your loved ones to a game of croquet, or let the little ones run in the yard with Fido while you kick back in the bubbling hot tub.

Or grab a boogie board, beach chairs and wet suit and take a short stroll to favorite local beaches. On rainy days and evenings, our full stock of games and toys – including an easel, dollhouse and workbench – will keep the whole crew entertained.


Our kitchen is fully stocked and ready to handle your pickiest eater – just add groceries. We have you covered with all the basics, from spices and condiments to cookware and dishes to glasses for evening margaritas. Feed a crowd with our full suite of appliances, including a gas stove/oven, microwave, toaster and more, and keep cleanup simple with a dishwasher.

There’s room for up to 10 to gather around the dining room table while swapping stories and admiring the yard through a large picture window, and high chairs are available so even the tiniest guests can be part of meals together.

Or opt to eat outside on the covered patio, where you’ll find dining space for 8 and both a charcoal and gas BBQ – bring your own briquettes or use our provided propane.


Our three bedrooms plus the family room offer sleeping accommodations for 8, and every room can be configured to keep your little one close by.

The master boasts a California king bed in addition to a double bed that can be rolled into the living room for more privacy. The second and third bedrooms each have one queen bed and a baby crib - these cribs can easily be moved anywhere in the house. Two queen-size futons in the family room offer a chance to tuck in fireside for up to 4 adults, or all the slumber-partying little ones.


Did we mention the beaches? There are three of them within a five-minute stroll, and since we’re nestled away from the touristy part of town, you can expect a laid-back, local feel at each. Watch the tide come in from the top of the stairs at 26th Avenue or spark a driftwood bonfire at Moran Lake or 23rd Avenue. Great news for the pups: they’re welcome to splash in the surf at every one of these beaches.

After an afternoon of boogie boarding, recount your adventures at a sit-down family dinner at any number of mouthwatering eateries in Capitola - less than 10 minutes away by car, or a scenic 30-minute bike ride away. Try Zelda’s for seafood and live music on the beach, or Paradise Beach Grill to enjoy American fare on a bayside patio.

And if it’s a classic beach trip you’re after, don’t miss the chance to win a prize or zip around on the rollercoasters at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – just a 12-minute drive away. You may just catch a chowder cook-off or band review while you’re there!

Kate's Cottage by the Sea is a County of Santa Cruz registered vacation rental holding TOT Certificate # CO00126.

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-Automated quotes provided by listing websites may not reflect correct holiday adjustments or all applicable charges. Please confirm price quoted with owner.

-The listing site does not allow us to show the full rental agreement, so before you book online, please call the owner regarding any questions you have. She is happy to explain the check-in and check-out procedures, guest responsibilities, and other terms that apply to all reservations.

-Standard Terms: 50%+$100 due on booking, next 25% due within 30 days, balance due 30 days before check-in. 15% rescheduling/cancellation fee; payments refundable only if cancelled dates are resold. Trip cancellation insurance may be available to you through outside providers. Check with owner for further information.

*$850 refundable security deposit OR $100 plus damage waiver insurance ($59) required.

*2-Night Minimum stays most times; holiday periods and high season may have 3-Night or longer minimums (unless there's a calendar gap that's shorter). No single-night bookings. We encourage you to stay at least 3 nights to have time to relax and unwind.

*ACH check and Credit cards accepted. Contact owner for further details. PayPal verified.

*Rates may change periodically, but your rate will be the advertised rate at the time your booking is made.

Santa Cruz County TOT certificate number : CO00126

More Details

Kathie Gutierrez
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, read some Spanish and French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Kathie Gutierrez

After living in Santa Cruz County for 30 years, I moved to San Jose temporarily to be closer to work. Eventually, I decided to move back to the Santa Cruz area and spent a year searching for a midcentury modern house on an acre in the woods.

One day, exhausted from the search, I took a break and decided to visit my favorite beach. On the way there, I saw an open house sign and took a short detour.

The house wasn't on an acre. It wasn't in the woods. And it wasn't midcentury modern. But there was just something about it I couldn't ignore: it was within a 5-minute walk of my long-time favorite beach.

Although my original plan was to move in immediately, I wasn't quite ready to leave San Jose. With its spacious yard, cozy layout and location blocks from the beach, I knew my home would make the perfect getaway for families visiting Santa Cruz. So I started hosting vacation rental guests, and, well, the rest is history!

I still love spending time in Santa Cruz, and do so as often as I can. After all, I have a lot of favorite places in the area (which I'm happy to share with you), and it's also fun to make some new finds as the area grows and changes. I hope you'll share your favorite discoveries with me - I love to hear from my guests!

Kathie Gutierrez purchased this house in 2009

Why Kathie Gutierrez chose Santa Cruz

It's such an easy walk from some of my favorite beaches in Santa Cruz County. It's on a quiet street, with neighbors who are full-time residents. It has a nice back yard, with room for the whole family to play croquet, enjoy a bar-be-que, and just relax.

It has "good family vibes" and is a place where all generations are comfortable.

What makes this house unique

When you stay, you'll be out of the touristy part of town, about halfway between the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and the quaint town of Capitola, yet still just a few minutes by car to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf. Once nice thing about Santa Cruz is that it's small enough that nothing takes long to get to!


Opal Cliffs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , This bathroom is off the hall and near all 3 bedrooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is adjacent to the family room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , crib may be used anywhere in the house, as needed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , 1 baby crib , Double is a rollaway bed, which could be used in living room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , crib may be used anywhere in the house, as needed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
2 level blocks to 26th Ave beach Most Pets OK Hot Tub and fluffy robes Large grassy fenced-in backyard Gas BBQ Garden with Flowers blooming most times of the year Croquet set Foosball table 1 California King Bed 2 Queen Beds, 2 Queen innerspring futons, and 1 rollaway double bed TV in every bedroom and in family room 2 Fireplaces Wireless Internet Cable TV with On-Demand and HBO programming TV in every bedroom 2 VCRs and 3 DVD players 12 Beach towels, 4 Boogie Boards, assorted wetsuits, Beach Blanket, Beach Chairs for guest use Ice cream maker Washer/Dryer 2 bathrooms Grab bar in shower; shower chair available on request Kitchen equipped with Gas Stove, Microwave, Dishwasher, and Service for 12 High chair 2 porta-cribs, which can also serve as playpens Movies, Cards, and Games for guest use Owner who has lived in the area for decades and can recommend restaurants, activities, and even her longtime hairdresser!


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)


Will return to this cottage and Santa Cruz!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful and fun filled vacation in Santa Cruz area!!!! This beautiful Kate's cottage/home has everything a family needs to complete their fabulous get away. The kitchen has enough dinnerware for everyone and all the pots and pans you would require, plus very clean. The family room was filled with games, movies, books and even a fosball game. Our family had games every night. Even though their is a TV in every bedroom and family, it was only turned on two nights to watch the Giants. We played Mexican Train, poker, blackjack, and other games at the large dinning room table - 8 sit very comfortably. The bedrooms were large and very comfortable. Kate's cottage has a great washer and dryer, needed because teenagers take a shower in the am and then another after a day at the beach or boardwalk. There are three beaches within walking distance - one only 2 short blocks away. We BBQ on a great large gas BBQ. This cottage/home, it is like a wonderful home, not a rental. We all decided we would be back to Kate''s because of the house and it is so close to beach, boardwalk, and stores. Their is a Lucky's, Safeway, and Trader Joe's close. Even though the refrigerator was very large and clean, we kept running out of food - again teenagers. Thank you so much for allowing my family to have such a terrific time in Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you stay, and you would certainly be welcome back any time! P.S. I especially enjoyed the pictures and descriptions of your "doings".
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Weekend Family Gathering

  • 4 of 5

We booked a stay at Kate's Cottage, it was perfect for our weekend getaway. The owner does a fantastic job at communicating with the renter, so you don't feel like your left out on an island. The house was comfortable, clean and inviting. There was plenty of room both inside and out for family to hang out or gather all together. I knew the house was close to the beach but pleasantly surprised that is was less than 5 minute walk. All shopping needs close by for anything left behind. Will be looking to re-book again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for a big family. Perfect beach location!

  • 5 of 5

Kate's Cottage was perfect for two families to share, and the beach access location couldn't be better. The house is comfortable, with two living rooms, two full bathrooms and plenty of sleeping options. The beaches near the house are great. My favorite surprise was the selection of wetsuits, booties and boogie boards available to guests. The kitchen has everything you need, the hot tub is awesome after the Northern Cal ocean, and we would stay there again in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Kate's Cottage and we had a wonderful time. The location is perfect. It's a short walk to the beach, and a short drive to restaurants, stores, etc. The house is laid out in a way that makes it easy for multiple generations to hang out. A baby can nap in a bedroom while adults are hanging out in the family room or backyard. The bathrooms are not en suite, but terry cloth robes are provided, which makes the logistics of walking to and from the shower easy. My 4-year old great-niece loved picking strawberries in the back yard!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pleasant Trip!

  • 4 of 5

Great backyard, great grill, comfy beds, clean. Close to town, close to beach, close to Kong's Market! Watched Mrs. Doubtfire on VHS! Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Everything was excellent, and as described. Kathie was extremely helpful and there were no unanswered questions! I was there with a group of friends, and our only disappointment was that we didn't stay long enough to experience the place in full. Excellent beach access. House is great with lots of sleeping and dining areas. Very clean. We spent most of our time in the backyard. I'd recommend this place to anyone staying in Santa Cruz.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring 2017
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Little Summer Getaway 1
Jun 5 2017 - Jun 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
School's Almost Out 2017!
Jun 7 2017 - Jun 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
UCSC Graduation Rate
Jun 14 2017 - Jun 19 2017
6 night minimum stay
Little Summer Getaway 2
Jun 20 2017 - Jun 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Little Summer Getaway 3
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 2 2017 - Aug 4 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Little Summer Getaway 4
Aug 8 2017 - Aug 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Little Summer Getaway 5
Aug 24 2017 - Aug 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day-Sat Arrvl, min 2nts
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
'Tis the Season-Shop and Dine
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Year End Holidays 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Holiday (if applicable) $250 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning/Restocking-avg $225 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

-Automated quotes from listing website must be confirmed with owner. See property description for full rate details, payment terms and cancellation/rescheduling policy.
-Listing site doesn't show full rental agreement. Before booking online, contact owner regarding terms.
-Refund only if cancelled dates resold.
-All local County requirements (noise curfew, occupancy limits, etc.) are enforced. Fireworks are illegal in Santa Cruz County.
- $59 damage insurance +$100 refundable security deposit OR $850 refundable security deposit required. Please ask owner for details.

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