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When you think about Santa Cruz, the thing that probably comes to your mind is a remarkable beach. This is definitely one of the best attractions this lovely RV rental city offers, but Santa Cruz has many other outdoor activities that you should try, such as hiking, surfing, mountain biking, paddleboarding, canopy tours and much more. It is the perfect beach town to visit if you enjoy outdoors, as there is always something to do. Santa Cruz is a lovely city surrounded by forests and agricultural sights that RV renters must see. This makes renting an RV in Santa Cruz, California the perfect way to start your vacation. About 78 miles from San Francisco and 35 miles from San Jose, you’ll be in a great spot to visit other California cities.


The Great Outdoors


The best thing about renting an RV in Santa Cruz is that many fun things to do are completely free of charge. One of the many things you can visit is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. At this wonderful place, you will be sure to enjoy the free movies and summer concerts on the beach. It is also the perfect place to learn about the incredible history of Neptune's Kingdom. This is simply the place where the past meets the future. There are a lot of activities you can enjoy and there is no fee to visit.


Be sure to visit the longest timber pile pier on the United States coast, Santa Cruz Wharf, and enjoy many different activities such as strolling, shopping, fishing, kayaking, eating, wine-tasting, enjoying the scenic view and wildlife - you can see sea lions, pelicans, whales, dolphins, seagulls, and sea otters. The wharf has parking so it is easily accessible but there is parking nearby as well if you would like to take a longer scenic walk.


There are a number of walking tours in the area that offer you the opportunity to see incredible outdoor arts and architecture of Santa Cruz, the history of Capitola, and a number of historic buildings and Victorian Homes in Watsonville. In Watsonville, you can also enjoy the Agricultural History Project which explores the magnificent history of Santa Cruz County. If you enjoy creativity and would like to find something unique to take home with you, be sure to visit Annieglass factory. While in Watsonville don't miss the Nature Center, with extraordinary wildlife, museums and sightseeing opportunities.


Nearby Aptos has the best Farmers Market, which offers organic produce and specialty foods, along with many special events and sights to see. For history lovers, Aptos History Museum is a must-see place as it has information about the rich and remarkable history of Aptos. In addition, if you would like to find the perfect place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, even business deals, make sure to visit the Aptos Village Park. Don’t expect the entrance to be visible but expect to be wowed once you find your way in. Other places in Aptos you shouldn’t miss seeing if you are into the arts are Cabrillo College's Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Complex and Art Gallery.


RV Parks


In the heart of Santa Cruz, just a few minutes away from shopping areas and delicious restaurants you can find the Santa Vida RV Park. Although it is in the downtown area, this RV park has the most interesting hiking trails and it is a dog-friendly park with picnic tables on each site. If you would like to enjoy the amazing view of the harbor and have easy access to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and a number of restaurants and beaches, then your number one choice would probably be the Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park. Castle Rock State Park, located in the San Lorenzo Valley is the best if you enjoy wilderness, waterfalls and spectacular views.


You can also take your RV rental in Santa Cruz to Sunset or Manresa State Beach Campgrounds or Santa Cruz Monterey Bay KOA, where you can enjoy numerous activities such as biking, golfing, and swimming,  that you shouldn’t miss out on. The New Brighton State Beach Campground in Capitola and Seacliff State Beach in Aptos are also perfect for your Santa Cruz camper rental and offer many interesting activities.


Exploring the City


There are more than a hundred free events organized in Santa Cruz per year so when you book an RV in Santa Cruz you’ll be sure to find something to enjoy. There are also many museums you can discover to learn about the history, arts and surfing legends of the area. Check out Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.


You can enjoy scenic biking along East Cliff or West Cliff Drive and take in spectacular ocean views, watch surfers, and admire wildlife. You can find amazing hiking parks as well such as DeLaveaga Park.


When it comes to the beaches, the choice is endless. You can actually choose the beach based on the activities you would like to do. There are family beaches such as Main Beach. Capitola Beach will be your number one choice for kayaking. Cowell Beach is where to go if you would like to learn to surf. West Cliff Drive is a number one choice for romantic sunsets and scenic drives. For a dog-friendly beach where you can enjoy a campfire, head to Twin Lakes Beach. For swimming, try Rio Del Mar Beach and Seabright Beach.


The best thing about having an RV rental in Santa Cruz is that wherever you go you will find whatever you need. You will enjoy your activities and admire natural brilliance at the same time.

RV Rentals in Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Santa Cruz. Outdoorsy's Santa Cruz RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Santa Cruz, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Santa Cruz Wharf Walk Santa Cruz, CA
Lookout Loop Trail Santa Cruz, CA
Pogonip Creek Nature Trail Santa Cruz, CA
West Cliff Drive Santa Cru Lighthouse Field State Beach, CA
Natural Bridges State Beach Exploration Natural Bridges State Beach, CA
DeLaveaga Park Trail Santa Cruz, CA
UCSC to the Sea Santa Cruz, CA
Powder Mill Fire Road Trail Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, CA
Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail Wilder Ranch State Park, CA
La Corona Trail Santa Cruz, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Santa Cruz County, CA
Moss Landing KOA Express Monterey County, CA
Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA San Mateo County, CA
Salinas / Monterey KOA Monterey County, CA
Belle Ridge Campground Putnam County, TN
Saddle Mountain RV Park & Campground Monterey County, CA
Pelican Point RV Park San Mateo County, CA
Del Valle Family Campground Alameda County, CA
Riverside Campground Monterey County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for Santa Cruz, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Rio del Mar

Its a nice beach with free parking. I took my kids there for years always a fun time. Great deli near by

May 24, 2018
Aptos St. BBQ

Smoked meats, great beers, and often live music. Can get crowded

Feb 4, 2018
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Fall asleep under the California redwoods and hike through the enchanted forest

Feb 4, 2018
Seacliff State Beach

Beach front camping. Famous cement boat. Difficult to reserve, so plan ahead

Feb 4, 2018
New Brighton State Beach

The Campground is nice, the beach is beautiful, the weather is always amazing and it's just a couple miles away from Capitola and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Dog-friendly Glamping Elbow Room Social Scene Ocean View Quiet Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Aug 2, 2017
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Local to bay area. A great family campground with all the KOA amenities. 1 mile to beach access.

Mar 20, 2017
Sunset Campground

This state park is ON THE BEACH (the bluffs above the beach) in between Monterey and Santa Cruz. Ocean view and a stroll from the sand. Can be windy and is busy during the summer.

Ocean View Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Mar 18, 2017