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Pajaro Dunes - Beach Front + High Speed WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,280 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Maximum occupancy is 6, which includes kids)

Pajaro Dunes is a private gated community with over 1 mile of flat open beach. The Pelican Point complex is at the far south end of the property. While the beach is not private, the access is primarily from Pajaro Dunes houses and condominiums. Because of the limited access the beach is never crowded and on some days you will be the only one there. A truly unique vacation spot on the Monterey Bay.

Pelican 51 is our private vacation home that we like to share with others. We only ask that our guests treat our vacation home as they would their own. SMOKING NOT ALLOWED, IF YOU SMOKE, GO ELSEWHERE. We have HD TV with streaming movies via a ROKU receiver, great comfortable beds, high end carpet, high speed secure wireless Internet, and a full kitchen. Of course all linens and things are provided. You just need to bring yourselves and some food if you want to cook a few meals. You will find kitchen cupboard full of spices and refrigerator with some basics. Unlike rental pool properties we try to keep basic kitchen things that you would like to find upon arrival. We only ask that if you use up any of the supplies you replace them so they are there for the next guests.

Our living room and master bedroom face southwest toward Monterey and our deck is sheltered from the wind. Our view pictures are taken from the living room. You can walk from the deck to the sand or via a boardwalk to the ocean, almost as far as high tide will allow. Unlike most units at Pajaro Dunes Pelican 51 has secure HIGH SPEED WIFI.

If you are a bird watcher they are in abundance and there is a Snowy Plover sanctuary within sight. Check out our web site for more details or give us a call.

Unlike cheapo rentals, at Pelican 51 our unit is professionally cleaned after your departure. You do not need to strip beds or do any laundry. You need to take out trash and wash/put away dishes. Of course we do not expect to find sand tracked into the unit or spills left on our carpets. We will charge extra if the unit is not left in substantially the condition as it was when you arrived. Normal cleaning will be done by our housekeepers.

Keywords: Pajaro Dunes immaculate 3 bedroom condo Beach front, ground floor, with Ocean view High Speed WIFI. Only units with high speed internet offer streaming movies. We are one of a few.

Please check our availability calendar before sending an inquiry.

More Details

Del Riesenhuber
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Del Riesenhuber

We are Barbara and Del Riesenhuber. We are retired and divide our time between our homes in Los Gatos, CA and Dunes City, OR, with time left over for days at Pelican 51. We did not purchase Pelican 51 to be a rental, but just to have a place at the beach for enjoyment. Initially we took our 2 kids there and now it is mostly ourselves and grandkids. A few years ago we decided to rent unused time. Initially through a rental agency, but soon became disenchanted. We found the agencies, and we tried several, were not selective in who they rented to. While we did not experience a lot of damage the wear and tear was excessive.

So we took over our own rental program and built our own web site and found that we had greater rental income than we were getting through agencies, and were able to control occupancy. With more rental properties going with web sites, we added sites with Flip Key and VRBO.

Since we use Pelican 51 for our personal enjoyment, we keep it well stocked and furnishings up to date. We have comfortable beds.

Barb likes to cook so we keep all of the basics in the cupboard and refrigerator. We found that agency operated rental units are cleaned out when guests depart. At Pelican 51 we keep the basics in constant stock.

We do not attempt to compete with the low end rentals. You want cheap, go there. You want quality, come to Pelican 51. We do not allow more than 6 guests. More than that and we are back to wear and tear problems.

Pelican 51 faces SW and sand hill on West side blocks a lot of the summer wind.

Del Riesenhuber purchased this condo in 1987

Why Del Riesenhuber chose Watsonville

We rented at Pajaro Dunes for several years before purchasing Pelican 51. We got tired of not being 'at home' in the various rentals and wanted it to be the way we like things.

What makes this condo unique

We go to Pelican 51 for relaxation. It is not as warm as our favorite spots in Maui, but only a 45 minute drive from Los Gatos. We enjoy Spring and Fall the most.

We installed ROKU for streaming movies, etc. on the TV system. We also have free High Speed WIFI from our own router. (Most of Pajaro Dunes has low speed area wide WIFI that cannot be used for streaming, etc. and is not secure. Our system has no restrictions, is secure and 20 to 30 times faster.)

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fantastic week we spent here at your lovely vacation home. Our family is from Nevada, so we love the cooler weather here. Many times we were the only ones out at the beach. We have been to Pajaro Dunes many times, but this was our first time at Pelican 51. Much nicer than Shorebirds. Pelican 51 is very private. Kitchen is well stocked and made our stay much more enjoyable than rental agency units which do not have fully stocked kitchen.

Thank you so much for sharing your spectacular vacation home.
Apr 2011
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Watsonville Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1280 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Pajaro Dunes - Beach Front + High Speed WIFI
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 25 reviews

Home away from home!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second Christmas that we have stayed in this unit. It had everything we needed. Very close to the beach. Comfortable home like setting.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are looking forward to your next visit to Pelican 51.
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Clean, comfortable, well located, beautiful beach

  • 4 of 5

The condo was perfect for the 6 of us (2 grandparents, 2 parents, 2 kids). We've been to Pajaro Dunes many times - for decades - and usually stay at Shorebirds. This time we enjoyed being at the other end of the beach near the estuary - with thousands of birds. The condo was comfortable - appreciated the good mattresses and well stocked and supplied kitchen. The owner graciously offered to let us come early and leave late. The long stretch of beach is great to walk on (hard sand near the water) - and we saw a couple whales and an otter.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review.
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Great place - easy walk to the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Very well organized house

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed our beach home.
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Great close to beach property!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful stay at Pajaro Dunes thanks to Del's home.

Positives: close to beach (corner lot and not *quite* on the beach but extremely close 2 min walk?), beautiful, fairly secluded beach, well stocked kitchen, hi-speed internet, extremely responsive owner

Cons: no dish soap or extra garbage bags (at least none we could find)

Overall, I recommend this property to anyone interested in a beach-side getaway

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It should be noted that the location of our unit relative to the ocean is clearly shown on our listing. As to supplies, we list phone number of housekeepers on poster on the refrigerator and a phone call would have solved the problem.
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Reno, NV

Very comfortable and roomy. Right on the beach.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Pelican 51 property. So close to the beach and a perfect set-up for the family.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear you enjoyed our vacation home.
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Condo was well-equipped, homey and great location!

  • 5 of 5

Would go back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We could not ask for a more realistic evaluation.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Beach Street Grill
Nearest Beach
In front of unit
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $160
Administration $75
Tax Rate 11.0%

Christmas and New Years see Labor Day rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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