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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 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
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

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 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.

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.


Aptos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
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


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(45 traveler reviews)

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Cozy cottage, 250 Yards to the Sand, free wifi, and Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.711111 based on 45 reviews

Adorable cottage with great location!

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is an awesome location for walking to the beach, restaurants, and small market. Very inexpensive to Uber into Capitola as well. Thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub in the back!! Kitchen had everything we needed except a wine opener, but neighbors were very friendly and helped us with that! Loved sitting out on the front porch with our coffee. Owner was very helpful and quick to respond when we had questions.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location for exploring the greater monterey area

  • 5 of 5

Cozy cottage, great location, quiet surroundings... What more could you want?

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a whale of a time!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay, it was real quiet and quaint. The ocean is definitely close and as an added bonus there were whales in the water and lots of them, it was a spectacular show. We would definitely recommend the cottage and we would love to return back next year. Chris/Rosie

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is rustic and cozy. Only five minute walk to the beach which is fabulous. Flats bistro is great place for coffee and pastries right by the ocean. So you can take a walk/jog along the beach and end with a cup of coffee and watch the ocean waves. Loved the fact that there was boogie boards and beach chairs although couldn't find the cooler. Instructions for entering the cottage very clear and all the amenities worked very well. Great that there was wifi especially with my teenage kids that need to stay in contact with friends.Very quiet location, made for a peaceful and relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for our family with three little kids. Loved being able to walk to the beach and not have to deal with driving or parking down there!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location near the beach and neighborhood is quiet and feels safe with local kids playing outside and my young teens walked to the beach many times without issue. Our whole family (7 of us) had more than enough room. Master upstairs is awesome and all beds were reported as cozy by my children. Hot tub was perfect for warming up after exploring the sand and playing in the chilly Pacific - the beach is great and we had a fire (legal in one of the steel barrels) the last night and someone was shooting off real awesome fireworks (not sure that was legal but pretty safe over the sand) which made for an unforgettable night. Hope to come back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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