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RV Rental Santa Cruz

With a groovy counter-culture vibe, Santa Cruz is the ultimate beach destination. Situated on the west coast of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and adjacent to sweeping Monterey Bay, it’s not just the waves that have visitors and locals alike waxing lyrical. The region has whale-watching, majestic redwood forests for hiking and family vineyards for whiling away an afternoon. With a campervan rental in Santa Cruz, you can easily road trip from the beach to the hinterland and get a taste of all the action.


Compare Rates on Santa Cruz RV Rentals

Finding the best deal on your RV rental is simple. Just use Motorhome Republic’s one-stop system and you are guaranteed to get the best price. Call by our easy-to-use website and give us some details. We need to know your city of pick-up, dates of travel and driver’s age to be able to show you every available camper for your road-trip. Then you can easily compare specifications and, most importantly, prices. Once you’ve made a choice, book securely online or talk through any remaining questions with our friendly motorhome specialists over the phone. We have helped more than 100,000 road-trippers take the hassle out of their holiday – read some genuine feedback about RV rental in California, and across the world, on independent review site TrustPilot. 

What to see and do in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz and its surrounding district has over 29 miles of coastline, so the first stop has to be the beach. In fact, if it involves getting wet, you can do it here. Sail on a classic yacht, stand-up paddleboard, have a surf lesson or go on a kayak safari. Whale-watching and wildlife tours off Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay run all year around; Humpbacks are commonly sighted and travel through the bay from April to November, and around 20,000 Grey Whales pass through from December to April. The Seymour Marine Discovery Centre is powered by the Long Marine Laboratory, a world renowned university research facility, and goes beyond traditional aquariums in educating visitors on the science of the sea and conservation.

Santa Cruz also has a thriving arts community, with galleries you can visit at any time of the year.  Throughout October, open studio weekends are organised so you can meet the artists. 

Food and Drink in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz cuisine is based on fresh local produce. One great place to experience lots of it in one spot is the Downtown Farmers Market. It’s on every Wednesday and you can listen to live music while trying the oyster bar or food court.  There’s plenty of organic fruit and vegetables for getting stocked up in the motorhome.

The Santa Cruz Mountains have their own winemaking appellation. Alfaro Family Vineyard is an ideal day out, for wine tasting and picnicking. Their range of wines include Chardonnay, Pinot, Merlot and Syrah.

For a memorable evening, dine with a view of the ocean at Aquarius, a modern bistro that brings the best of the region together, with sustainable seafood, organic produce and local wines. 

Where to park your motorhome in Santa Cruz

Santa Vida RV Park is just minutes from Downtown Santa Cruz, set in 23 acres of serene redwood, madrone and oak forest.

Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort is a little further away, in the mountains, alongside the San Lorenzo River and backing onto Henry Cowell State Park. 

Road Trips from Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is on the Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 1, a classic American road-trip. From Los Angeles, you pass through some of California’s ritziest districts: Malibu, Santa Barbara and Carmel. This is the Big Sur coast that inspired Jack Kerouac. Highway 1 continues all the way to San Francisco and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, although there is an interchange with Highway 17 to Santa Cruz.  

Keeping Safe: Driving Tips for Santa Cruz

Highway 17 between Santa Cruz and San Jose is a winding road over mountains. It is subject to fairly dense traffic, especially heavy trucks. Use caution and consideration.