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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.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Santa Cruz are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Sequoia National Park.

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What's around Santa Cruz, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail Bolinas California
French Trail and Stream Trail Loop via Skyline Blvd Canyon California
Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail Los Gatos California
Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail Stinson Beach California
Donner Creek Loop Trail Clayton California
Lands End Trail San Francisco California
Cataract Falls Trail Fairfax California
Muir Woods Trail Mill Valley California
Berry Creek Falls Trail Boulder Creek California
Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area Fremont California

Nearby Campgrounds

Ridge Vineyards

attraction Cupertino, CA
The San Francisco bay area is a great destination for a vacation. There is a lot to see and do, and, when you bring to mind the amount of fine wine that is produced in California, you realize that there is a lot to taste as well. Ridge Vineyards in Cupertino near San Jose has a long history. Wine making began here in the late 19th Century, and today the vineyard at Monte Bello in the Santa Cruz Mountains produces exceptional wines, and welcomes visitors who want to see the estate and sample their delightful produce. Most wine tasting sessions are arranged by appointment, but small groups of eight or less are able to visit the estate and the tasting room at the weekend without a reservation. Picnicking is also available, but again it is worthwhile checking out the website regarding availability, and the advisability of making a reservation ahead of your visit.

Trailer Tel

campground Santa Clara, CA
Trailer Tel near Santa Clara, California is luxury RV living in a beautiful part of the country. This is one of the finest parks in the country where the sun usually shines 300 days a year. The average rainfall is less than 14 inches a year. This is a park in the center of Silicon Valley. It is a full service RV park with 170 sites. The staff works hard to make sure that the park is safe, clean, quiet, and close to great shopping. The park is in a great place to travel to exciting venues including the Pacific Ocean, Carmel, Monterey Bay, the Santa Cruz Board Walk, and the wonderful city of San Francisco. The sites are equipped with full hook-ups and dumping facilities for residents only. There is a beautiful swimming pool, fitness room, laundry facilities, a car wash, and Wi-Fi. The entire family will enjoy camping at this beautiful park.

Hayward Japanese Gardens and Garin Regional Park

attraction Hayward, CA
If you are vacationing in the Bay area, and want to visit near Hayward, California, then the Japanese Gardens make for a popular destination. Plant lovers should enjoy seeing the exquisite topiary, and, if you time your visit for the first Saturday in the month, you can also listen to the designer of the gardens speaking about the garden, and discussing how the garden structures harmonise with the plants to create the cohesion that is so tranquil and beautiful. The gardens are open daily (except Christmas Day), and parking is available. Once you have taken a stroll here, you might also enjoy visiting Garin Regional Park, where you can go for a hike. The visitors center here is a good place to stop off if you are interested in local history, as you can find out about ranching and farming in the area, and visit the blacksmith shop. You will also find the Dry Creek Garden in Garin Park, and this has flowers in bloom throughout the year.

Trailer Villa RV Park

campground Redwood City, CA
If you are looking for an RV park in Redwood City, California, Trailer Villa RV Park should suit you down to the ground. It's right in the center of town, meaning you won't be far from shops and restaurants. It's also half way between San Francisco and San Jose, both of which have plenty to offer in the way of entertainment. Why don't you explore the Pacific beaches, Fisherman's Wharf, and the wine country in Napa? At the park, there are 116 sites, all with full hookup and free WiFi. There are clean and modern restrooms and showers, which have recently been modernized, and there are also laundry facilities. If you want to arrange a special event or a business meeting, they have a meeting room which you can rent. For your peace of mind, there are security cameras all over the park. If you need to go grocery shopping while you are here, Costco is just down the road, opposite which is a farmer's market, which sells lots of fresh produce.

Sea Cliff State Beach

campground Santa Cruz, CA
Just south of Santa Cruz is a unique camping opportunity ONLY open to RVs. Book your RV rental and stay in one of the few California State Park locations that offers full hookup service steps from the beach. Enjoy magnificent sunsets while you dine, play in the sand, and bring the long board for classic California waves.

Half Moon Bay State Beach

campground Half Moon Bay, CA
Get away in your RV rental to a close by state beach over in Half Moon Bay. Incredible sunsets and easy access make this a great spot to take the RV rental. Lock in your advance reservations early as this park fills up fast. A friendly tip to save some cash is to reserve the interior sites versus the more expensive beach front sites. Same access and views at 2/3 the price. Bring the board for surfing and fun on the sand!

Santa Cruz Wharf

attraction Santa Cruz, CA
Take the family for a classic getaway to the historic building by the sea. Once the final stop on train trips to the coast this location is still incredibly popular. Parking is available all around and spots can fit you and your RV rental. Practice your hand at mini-gulf or hit the snack bar and enjoy a meal on one of the most famous beaches in the world.

Roaring Camp Railroads

attraction Felton, CA
Santa Cruz modern history is based upon the clear cutting of the pristine Redwood forests. While not environmentally correct the era launched the development of California and has been partially rectified by the restoration, maintenance and story telling provided by local parks and attractions. ROaring Camp Railroad allows you to step back into a bygone era when large steam locomotives hauled lumber out of the forest down to mills. Travel through the tall trees and learn about the past in this fun and informative location. Bonus points for being located in an amazing state park protecting second growth Redwood trees.

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