Private Cottage vacation rentals now available- updated April 1, 2021

Five comfortable, historic and completely separate cottages available for short or longish term stays, 28 days max. No sharing of cottages other than your guest 'group' due to Covid safety concerns.

Sorry, no individual dorm beds at this time. (estimated return Fall 2021)

April 1- October 1, 2021 there is minimum 2 day stay required for reservations.   

Weekly 6 day stays available now at a 10% discount!! 

****Book early and don't miss out!****

Relax on the porch or in the garden and enjoy a Zen zone of your own only 3 minutes from the beach, boardwalk, wharf and great surf spots!

Each cottage has different amenities, one boasts a full kitchen, others with microwaves & small fridges, living rooms, piano, chess table, dining areas, patios, extra bedrooms with bunk beds!  Outdoor grill area, ping pong table, bike and surfboard secure storage.  Ride On!

Please email us at for more information.  Entire property rental available- please inquire for rates and info.


Always book directly from this site for the best prices and to support small non-profit businesses like ours!

All guests must adhere to safety covid rules as outlined by the U.S., State of CA and the County of Santa Cruz.

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About Us

California beach lodging at the historic Carmelita Cottages!

The Santa Cruz Hostel is located in the historic 1880’s Carmelita Cottages on Beach Hill in Santa Cruz, California – a lovely oceanside community just steps from the beach, boardwalk, wharf and town! We are also located 80 miles south of San Francisco, 40 miles north of Monterey, and 40 miles west of San Jose. We provide the perfect stop on your journey along the Pacific Coast of the United States.