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Cozy Cottage, 250 Yards to the Sand, Free Wifi, and Hot Tub!

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Last updated: 07/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Welcome to Sandpiper cottage, a beautiful getaway only blocks from the beach. This cozy cottage sleeps up to 8 (6 adults) in 2 bedrooms and a sleeping alcove, with 1 ½ baths. You are sure to feel at home in this delightful blend of seashore art and knotty pine, (like a Tahoe cabin at the Beach) with skylights in the kitchen, a porthole window in the living room and a rowing oar railing on the stairs.

The cottage is in a quiet neighborhood filled with oaks and redwoods, a short, flat, 3-4 minute walk to Rio Del Mar Beach. After walking back from the beach, rinse off at the outdoor shower, then soak in the hot tub, underneath a giant oak tree, with the sweet smell of jasmine planted nearby. Then head to the front deck with new padded chairs, patio table, 9 foot umbrella, fountain, and gas barbecue to enjoy a comfortable, relaxed outdoor experience. There is 1-carport space off the alley in the back of the cottage and more space available on the street - no permits required. The bedroom upstairs has 1-Queen bed and a TV. The 2nd bedroom is downstairs with 1-Queen bed. The Full bath is next to this bedroom. There is also a 1/2 bath at this home. The sleeping alcove has two twin bunk beds for children to sleep. There is also a pull out queen sofa bed in the livingroom. No more than 6 adults are allowed to rent the cottage per new county guidelines

New windows were put in 9/2010, and a new flat screen TV was added to the living room in 2012. The rental includes beach towels, beach chairs, beach mats, a small beach cooler, 2 boogie boards, and sand toys. Have fun cooking in this fully equipped kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, blender, coffee maker, toaster, gas stove) with a table that seats 6 (with 8 chairs available).

There is also a large washer and dryer at the home. Enjoy the cozy Living Room with a wood burning stove, seating for 7 on 2 couches and a recliner, satellite flat screen TV, DVD player, stereo, iHome, and free wireless DSL internet service.

Take the short, flat stroll to Rio Del Mar beach, where you will find a coffee shop, a restored tavern, the Pixie Deli (with outdoor seating & BBQ), Cafe Rio (upscale restaurant), a fishing pier, cement ship (The Palo Alto), and Seacliff State Park Museum. Golf is nearby, as well as Nicene Marks State park, wineries, more restaurants, and a small theater.

Keywords: Beach, cottage, vacation, hot tub, house, wifi, ocean, surf, golf


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    must be at least 25 years old to rent this cottage...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bunk Area: 1 bunk bed

    sleeps 2 children...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) one sofa bed, Bunk Beds (1) bunk beds in small alcove, large adults would not fit comfortably...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    space for one car in carport...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    wall heater...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    high quality sheets, comforters, blankets and towels....moreless

  • Living Room:

    two couches, recliner, flat screen satellite TV...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    park w/o permits...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    both bath and beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    high speed wireless internet included...moreless

  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Table, 8 chairs, gas barbeque...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    hot tub under the large oak tree, with towel rack and bench....moreless



Write a review 4.7
from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 - Sep 7, 2015
4 night min stay
Nov 24 - Nov 29, 2015
4 night min stay
Christmas New Years
Dec 23 - Jan 3, 2016
4 night min stay
easter/spring break
Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2016
3 night min stay
Summer 2016
Jun 3 - Sep 5, 2016
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$175 $210
Fri, Sat
$1,100 $2,350
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • cleaning fee $120 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


cleaning fee is $150 for 5-8 guests

off-season holidays $220/night, $1300/week

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Last updated: 07/16/2015
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39 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose International
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sea Breeze Tavern
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Seascape Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
State Route 1
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pixie Deli
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rio Del Mar Beach

Car: Recommended

3-4 minute walk to beautiful Rio Del Mar Beach. 1 mile from Nicene Marks State Park for hiking or bicycle tours. 10 miles from Santa Cruz Boardwalk and 30 miles from Monterey Aquarium.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: I have lived in Rio Del Mar for 15 years and I love it! Nowhere else can you find such beautiful scenery, all within short driving distance. There is the ocean, mountains, and stunning cliffs right next to each other.

Why the Owner Chose Aptos:
Rio Del Mar beach is one of the best beaches in Santa Cruz County. There is 1.5 mile beach path where you can walk or ride your bike. The beach goes on for miles to the south. I love all the oak trees on the street where the cottage is located.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
I fell in love with the cottage the first time I saw it. It reminds me of a tree house the way the Oaks surround it. I love the large deck in front that gets sun most of the day, and the hot tub in back. I love all the wood inside that makes you feel cozy and warm.

Contact us

Speaks: english

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  • Front of Sandpiper Cottage

    Front of Sandpiper Cottage

  • wood stove

    wood stove

  • 6 person hot tub in back of house

    6 person hot tub in back of house

  • kitchen


  • bedroom with queen bed and TV

    bedroom with queen bed and TV

  • bunk beds in extra sleeping alcove

    bunk beds in extra sleeping alcove

  • 1/2 bath

    1/2 bath

  • living room with two couches, one of them a queen sofa bed

    living room with two couches, one of them a queen sofa bed

  • kitchen and dining

    kitchen and dining

  • front deck with 2 tables, 8 chairs and gas barbeque

    front deck with 2 tables, 8 chairs and gas barbeque

  • bedroom with queen bed

    bedroom with queen bed

  • Front entrance to cottage

    Front entrance to cottage

  • full bathroom with shower (no bathtub)

    full bathroom with shower (no bathtub)

  • Rio Del Mar Beach

    Rio Del Mar Beach

VRBO #290065

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