Villa Maria del Mar: A Gift by the Sea

Villa Maria del Mar, in Santa Cruz, CA, is a strikingly beautiful retreat center located on the bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay on the Pacific Ocean. A stunning view of the bay and easy access to the beach makes this an ideal place for quiet reflection and retreat.

The Villa serves a diversity of individuals and groups, who seek a place for prayer, authenticity and union with the Holy in their lives.

In order to foster this health, wholeness and balance, the Villa provides the following:

  • Clean rooms, private or double, with a bath;
  • Healthy meals prepared by the Epicurean Group including a salad bar and fresh fruit.
  • A chapel is available for our guests’ use. A Catholic liturgy is celebrated on Saturdays at 4:00pm by the priests from Our Lady Star of the Sea parish.
  • Meeting rooms are equipped with TV, DVD and CD players. The main meeting room has microphones, a podium, screen, easel, chalkboard and projector. Arrangements for equipment use need to be made before arrival.

Other amenities of the Villa include:

  • Gardens for walking or sitting;
  • On-site parking
  • An elevator in the main house;
  • Free WIFI;
  • Guest Computer and printer
  • Photocopying and faxing

Arranging a visit:

  • Individuals or group leaders call the Villa registrar (831‐475‐1236) Monday through Friday 9:00‐5:30 to make a reservation; or email
  • A non‐refundable deposit is required to secure the reservation;
  • Guests are welcome any time after 2:00pm, and rooms are available at 4:00pm;
  • Payment is due on one week prior to arrival.
  • Groups designate a coordinator to communicate with the Villa staff and hostess. The group coordinator is responsible to communicate Villa policies to their participants and communicate all needs with the Villa staff.
  • Two weeks before arriving, the Coordinator assigns the group members to their Villa rooms and to makes arrangements for meeting room set‐up and AV equipment. He/she assists the Villa with the event while the group is on‐site.

* Overnight stay requires a $50 per room non-refundable deposit.
* Day Use requires a $10 non-refundable deposit.
* Payment of balance is due 1 week prior to arrival and is non-refundable.
* Application for partial scholarship funds is available upon request for SNJM sponsored retreats.
* Seaview Room requires 25+ guests to reserve.
* Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
* No pets allowed. Certified service animals may be permitted with prior authorization.