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Pajaro Dunes: Luxury Beach Condo in Monterey Bay

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Beach Condo, 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths (Sleeps 8)

This spacious and beautifully remodeled Pajaro Dunes beach condo features luxurious accommodations in a perfectly tranquil setting. Ideally located on Monterey Bay between Santa Cruz and Carmel, this ocean oasis offers the perfect family getaway or relaxing adult haven.

The miles of private beach are perfect for building sandcastles, dolphin and whale-watching, or getting lost in a good book while listening to the waves crash on the shore. After a breathtaking sunset, cozy up around a beach bonfire and spot a shooting star beneath the sparkling night sky.

Outdoor enthusiasts love bird watching in the lagoons and hiking in the bluffs, and fitness mavens enjoy the tennis facilities and jogging through the nature paths.

The gorgeously furnished and remodeled 3-bedroom condo comfortably sleeps 8 adults. The master bedroom features an en-suite bathroom, direct access to the rear deck, a flat screen 60'' television, and an extremely comfortable queen bed with plenty of storage. The 2 additional bedrooms offer a queen bed and 2 twin beds, respectively, both with televisions and DVD players. The sofa bed offers a brand new queen-sized memory foam mattress for extra sleeping accommodations.

All pillows, linens, towels and beach towels are provided, and the kitchen is fully supplied with dining-ware service for 12+, cookware, bakeware, tupperware, small appliances, a microwave, dishwasher, and a generously-stocked pantry with spices and oils for your convenience. The washer/dryer is also available to all guests. A full-size Weber charcoal barbecue is located on the rear deck for grilling, and the wood-burning fireplace is sure to add to nighttime ambiance.

Parking is plentiful, and is steps from the front door. The condo is on the ground floor, so there are no steps to climb up with groceries or luggage! It is situated on the north end of the building, and the sand is down a short, 30-second walkway and approximately 10 steps down.

Things to do around Monterey Bay:

For the curious – we encourage you to visit The Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Mission at Carmel or the Mission at San Juan Bautista, Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, or downtown Carmel.

For the connoisseurs – you'll want to schedule time for wine tasting at the many wonderful wineries found along the Monterey Coast (including Bonny Doon Vineyard, Soquel Vineyards, and Estancia), or satisfy your taste buds for fresh seafood and locally-grown vegetables at any one of a myriad of nearby restaurants and produce markets.

For the shoppers – there are literally hundreds of charming boutiques and stores throughout Santa Cruz, Capitola, Monterey, and Carmel.

For the sports enthusiasts – there is tennis, biking, and beach volleyball right here at Pajaro Dunes, plus some of Northern California's premier golf courses are an easy drive away.

For the contented – stretch yourself out on the warm beaches of Pajaro Dunes, enjoy the cool ocean breezes, and make sure you take in one of our serene suns

Golf Golf Golf: Aptos Seascape Golf Course

610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos

Phone: (831) 688-3213

18-hole, 5,813-yard par 71 golf course open year-round. Semi-Private. Driving range, restaurant, full bar.

Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club

16901 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek

Phone: (831) 338-2121

18-hole, 4,396-yard par 65 golf course open year-round. Resort, open to public. Restaurant, full bar.

Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Courses

One McClure Way, Seaside

Phone: (831) 899-2351

Bayonet — 18-hole, 6,496-yard par 72, Blackhorse — 18-hole, 6,175-yard par 72. Golf courses open year-round to the general public. Driving range, grill, full bar.

De Laveaga Golf Course

401 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz

Phone: (831) 423-7212

18-hole, 6,010-yard par 72 golf course open year-round to the general public. Driving range, restaurant, full bar.

Del Monte Golf Course

1300 Sylvan Road, Monterey

Phone: (831) 373-2700

18-hole, 6,069-yard par 72 golf course open year-round. Resort, open to public. Grill,

More Details

Mark Skeen
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Mark Skeen

Hello, thank you for looking at our listing! We are the proud owners of Shorebirds #285 for the past 20 years and live and work in nearby San Jose, California. We chose Pajaro Dunes for its spectacular beauty and proximity to our primary residence. We can be at either location within a 50 minute drive. This has been a special place for our family and the memories and pictures we will forever cherish.

Mark Skeen purchased this condo in 1994

Why Mark Skeen chose Watsonville

Pajaro Dunes is a gated beach community located near all of the towns that we enjoy to visit when we are not hanging out at our beach. We are close to Carmel, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Monterey, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, and San Francisco. The private beach is truly and oasis and the sunsets are nothing short of spectacular!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic stay at Mark's condo the first week of December. The couple we went with had been to Pajaro many times, but it was our first time. And wow we were impressed! The beach is beautiful, nice sand, temperature stays cool but enjoyable. The kids had a blast looking for sand crabs, jumping in the ocean, building sand castles. We enjoyed the condo as well - great amenities, really anything you could possibly need - nice updated kitchen, small laundry room, BBQ, lovely decks, towels, nice shampoo/soaps. Pajaro is a bit isolated but it's a beach vacation so to be expected. I did run to Starbucks Watsonville in the mornings to get coffee and treats (about 10 min drive).

Mark the owner, was also very responsive via email which I always appreciate.

We will definitely return!
Dec 2015
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Watsonville Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Queen size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Pajaro Dunes: Luxury Beach Condo in Monterey Bay
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 40 reviews
Milwaukee, WI

Great family vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I brought our two kids and a grandparent for five days. It was the perfect size for our group. The condo is clean and well-equipped with everything we needed. While there is no direct view of the ocean, the location on the side, back corner of the development allows for really beautiful views of the dunes. The beach is literally just steps away and very convenient. The unit is quiet since it's on the end. Parking is right out the door. We were able to visit surrounding areas very easily since it's very close to the highway. We would love to come back another time!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Omega, We are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our beach condo, and that you found it to be clean, well-equipped and well-located. We also love the views of the dunes and quiet end! We would love to have you return anytime. Thank you and Happy New Year, Mark and Loren
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Raleigh, NC

Fantastic in every way

  • 5 of 5

The price was fantastic, the view was fantastic, the accessibility was fantastic, the condo was fantastic, but most of all the owners are fantastic to work with. We will rent this property every time we take a Pajaro Dunes Vacation.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you , thank you. We appreciate your business most of all we are grateful of your kind words.
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We enjoyed the beach and size of the property, but we were not impressed with the upkeep!

  • 2 of 5

The unit was dirty when we arrived. The kitchen counter tops and tables hadn’t been wiped down. There was black mold in both bathrooms, and the guest tolit didn’t work properly. The guest tolit also had a pee ring around the floor. The washer and freezer also had black mold growing inside the soap tray and back wall of the freezer. The whole condo had a musty smell. We didn’t expect to have to strip the beds (where we found a disgusting stain on the master mattress cover) and remove trash, that is asking a bit much given the price we paid! Sadly, we weren’t impressed and will not return.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Trisha, Once again, we are very disappointed by the condition in which you found the condo. After following-up with cleaning staff, it seems that there was some miscommunication on our end when you called us for early check-in on the way down. We wish you'd have let us know about the issues upon your arrival so that we could have mitigated them. We pride ourselves on the condition and cleanliness of our home, and would still like to make it up to, as we discussed in our email exchange. Kind Regards, Mark and Loren
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We had a great experience staying here.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying here. We brought our grandkids for a weekend at the beach. The Condo was absolutely beautiful, clean and very comfortable. We will most definitely come back

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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East Bay, San Francisco

Clean, comfortable and well appointed

  • 5 of 5

The home is in a resort complex, so many upgraded opportunities exist, like bocce ball, pickle ball and tennis. The beach access brings you right down on the sand, only a short stroll. The home is clean, comfortable and feels contemporary. Bedrooms are nice and well appointed. The living space is pleasant and the kitchen has everything needed to enjoy a nice meal. This is a nice home in a great location.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orinda, CA

Cozy and comfortable condo near an awesome beach

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed our stay at Shorebirds 285! The condo was spacious and clean with comfortable accommodations for 6 of us. The great room was a super place to gather and relax after time on the beautiful beach nearby. The kitchen was beautifully appointed and supplied. We hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gizdich Ranch
Beach Street
A favorite local breakfast diner.
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
San Jose, San Francisco, Monterey, Oakland
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Seascape Resort
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
San Francisco
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Seascape Resort
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 1 @ Riverside Exit
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Seascape Resort
Nearest Ski
250 Miles
Lake Tahoe
Nearest Beach
Private Beach at Pajaro Dunes, Sunset State Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Ostrich Farm
Nearest Point of Interest
Monterey Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Pajaro Dunes Company
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Cruz, Ca
Nearest Point of Interest
Moss Landing, CA
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Pebble Beach, CA
Nearest Point of Interest
Monterey Canyon
Car: necessary

Nestled along the Monterey Bay lies one of the most scenic stretches of California's northern coastline. Here you'll find our secluded community of Pajaro Dunes, — architected to blend harmoniously with the gently rolling, natural oceanside landscape.

Whether you're looking for a perfect family getaway or romantic weekend come stay with us. Experience Pajaro Dunes as it was meant to be experienced.

The magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky and is recognized as an ideal vacation and business destination. While it is a given that the natural beauty of the area draws the visitor and endless activities including golf, biking, sailing, wine tasting and dining in restaurants that keep one coming back.

This beautiful seaside community combines all the charm of small town America with an endless variety of recreational and cultural activities. Monterey bay's rich history, the saga of California's Mission Trail, historic Fisherman's Wharf

Other Activities: Sea Shelling, Bird Watching, Amusement Park, Surfing, Fishing, Bonfires, Kite Flying, Sand Castle Making.

Cannery Row, 20 world-class golf courses, the world's best aquarium a unique variety of shops and galleries and a spectacular assortment of parks and natural areas combine to provide a truly unrivaled place for your next getaway. Pajaro Dunes @ Shorebirds #285 brings the peninsula to you!

Golf: Del Monte Golf Course, Del Monte Course

18 holes over 6,357 yards with a par of 72 (Public)

1300 Sylvan Rd

Monterey, CA 93940-4944

(800) 654-9300

2 miles from the center of Monterey.

Monterey Pines Golf Course, Monterey Pines Course

18 holes over 5,554 yards with a par of 69 (Public)

Fairground & Gardens Road

Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 656-2167

2 miles from the center of Monterey.

Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Laguna Seca Course

18 holes over 6,157 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

10520 York Rd

Monterey, CA 93940-6538

(888) 524-8629

2 miles from the center of Monterey.

Pasadera Golf & Country Club, Pasadera Course

18 holes over 6,801 yards with a par of 71 (Private Non-Equity)

100 Pasadera Dr

Monterey, CA 93940-7637

(831) 647-2400

4 miles from the center of Monterey.

Tehama Golf Club, Tehama Course

18 holes over 6,506 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)

25000 Via Malpaso

Carmel, CA 93923-9651

(831) 622-2200

1 mile from the center of Monterey.

Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course, Bayonet Course


18 holes over 7,094 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)

1 McClure Way

Seaside, CA 93955-7100

(831) 899-7271

4 miles from the center of Monterey.

Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course, Black Horse Course


18 holes over 7,168 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)

1 McClure Way

Seaside, CA 93955-7100

(831) 899-7271

4 miles from the center of Monterey.

Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course, Bayonet Back

Ski: welcome to ski lake tahoe

not a lake, the lake with 7 world-class ski resorts.

Not majestic mountains, mountains with jaw-dropping cliffs, serene glades and spectacular views of the lake. Not snow, 400 inches of snow a year that pile up into epic powder, tight corduroy groomers, raucous terrain parks and endless moguls.

Not a place, the place.

The place to ski and ride. Ride and ski. On blue bird days, in storms that hide your tracks run after run. Some people pine for warm sand and fruity drinks; Tahoe is the shredders paradise.

Bring the kids. Teach them to ski in a place that will spark their passion for the snow. Thrill them with tubing, sledding and unbelievable views from mountain top trams and lodges.

Recharge at night with happening casino entertainment, swank, cozy or rustic taverns and restaurants, dancing, music, local hangouts and events.

Seven resorts, unlimited possibilities. The place will become part of you like it’s become part of us.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 11.0%

Additional holiday rates (Independence Day, Thanksgiving, etc.) are subject to demand; please contact the owner for a quote for all holidays. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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