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Cozy cottage, 250 Yards to the Sand, free wifi, and Hot Tub!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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

More Details

Colleen Gilmartin
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Colleen Gilmartin

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.

Colleen Gilmartin purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Colleen Gilmartin chose Central Coast

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Cozy cottage, 250 Yards to the Sand, free wifi, and Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.6944447 based on 36 reviews

145 Bennett Rd, Rio del Mar

  • 5 of 5

wonderful cottage; nicely appointed; very comfortable; quiet neighborhood; close to everything; communication with owner was excellent; instructions for accessing and utilizing premises were clear and succinct; could easily stay here again ...

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, CA

Good times!

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time at the Sandpiper. The place is very cozy. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the beach. I would definitely stay there again. My only complaint is that the rental is way overdue for some new kitchenware. They need some new pots and pans and also a knife set.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Great fun for the cost!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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The cottage was very comfortable for the 6 of us.

  • 4 of 5

Very true to the site, close to the beach, we had a wonderful week, although the weather could have been a little warmer.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Better than expected

  • 5 of 5

The house was more perfect for us than the description or the pictures showed. 200 yards is a lot closer to the beach than it sounds, the house was clean and homey and we could not have been more comfortable. The instructions were very well-written and we had no questions at all once we got there. We will be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Pefect! A wonderful experience Highly recomend

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at the Sandpiper and it was so perfect for our needs!

It was exactly was the listed description as far as location, layout and amenities.

It was four years ago we stayed the first time and we found that it was even nicer this time

with fresh paint and a few updates. We were close to the beach, shopping and restaurants.

We would consider this property for rent again in the future. We loved the front patio area.

The only negative is the the parking but that is all over this area so we just dealt with it

as part of the privilege of being so close to the ocean.

We love coming home to Aptos and we felt we were once again home.

The owner was extremely helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Sea Breeze Tavern
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Seascape Golf
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
State Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Pixie Deli
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Aptos Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
thanksgiving 2017
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Aptos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , no bathtub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bunk Area - 1 bunk bed , sleeps 2 children
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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