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Sunny Cove, Santa Cruz
right on Sunny Cove beach in Santa Cruz, CA
(for rent or exchange)

Welcome to Sunny Cove Retreat

Sunny Cove Retreat was built in 1957 for the sister of Lloyd Bridges, and had only a three owners since then, each putting their mark on this well-loved house.

summer camp and winter lodge. I've decorated the house to look like a 1950's summer camp and winter lodge. Like real summer camps, SCR has indoor and outdoor games, outdoor shower and giant gas grill. In the hallway closet are tons of games for kids of all ages, from dominoes to monopoly to chess and real clay poker chips. In the living room, overlooking the ocean, is a nine-foot pool table with professional bumpers. Like a winter lodge, you'll find a giant fireplace, a sheepskin rug, extra blankets, etc. There's a collection of CDs and even an old tape collection.

sleepover parties. The house sleeps plenty of people. There's 1 king bed, 1 queen, 2 twins, 2 bunkbeds and more.

home cooking and eating out . There are 3 ovens, a 4-burner stove, broiler, and oversized outdoor gas grill. The pool table has a custom tabletop which seats 16+. If you don't want to cook, there's breakfast/lunch spots like Nuevo, Aloha Island Grill, high-end restaurants like Star Bene, a nice taqueria (Michoacan), and mexican market. Further afield, favorites include Ristorante Italiano (casual italian), Shadowbrook (special occasions), Bette's Burgers (great burgers and shakes), Saturn Cafe (24hr vegetarian diner, great fries), Caffe Pergolesi (punk cafe downtown, edgy art, snacks), The Crepe Place (full service bar and restaurant, beautiful decor).

reach the beach. Sunny Cove aka Johan's Cove aka Santa Maria Cliffs aka aka aka is apparently one of the great hidden spots-- it's unmarked from the roads much less freeways, and you'll meet people who have been coming for 10 and 20 years. Complete set of beach accessories in the garage. Bonfires are allowed before 10pm. If you walk over and around the cliffs on the far side of the cove, there's a long beach perfect for long walks. The cliffs on this side are more challenging, but there's ways onto them too. Please no surfing in the cove (wrong waves anyway), but it's one of the top body boarding spots. A 4/3 wetsuit is recommended; there's an adult men's medium in the garage. Pleasure Point is a famous favorite, just down the road.

veg out in front of the TV. SCR has a full audio/video setup, including large screen HDTV, surround sound, Blu-Ray player, 200 channel satellite TV and easy hookup for MP3 players. The TV has Netflix on Demand, Vudu on-demand movies, and there's a great indie video store 3 blocks away with tons of Blu-Ray and DVDs; the house itself has dozens of classic DVDs.

work from home. With wireless DSL internet that reaches the beach and the cliffs, you can be the person in the Mac commercial. If it's down, you can also get internet access from nearby cafes.

tourist spots. Santa Cruz is famous for tourist attractions like the boardwalk, the Mystery Spot, vineyards like Bonny Doon and Santa Cruz Mountain. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is about 45mins away and the Gilroy Garlic Festival is in late July. For more tourist info, click here.

availability. For availability, find us on HomeAway.

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Neighbors! We try to be a good neighbor and talk with guests first. One quote: "They were a really cool family. They were awesome guests. Had a good time talking with them Saturday and Sunday." We explain to every guest about how noise travels, and make sure everybody is inside by 10pm sharp. If you have a concern, email us!

relax in the living room

shoot some pool

take some photos of the cove

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