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Bali-by-the-Beach Retreat--Time for You--at Rio Del Mar Beach

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,470 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Time for you...Bali-by-the-Beach is the perfect seaside retreat! Home has every comfort and convenience, 2 Master bedrooms, each with its own full bath, Queen bed, and exotic furnishings.

Expansive windows in the Great Room, upstairs, reveal spectacular whitewater ocean views and a vast, luminous sky. Here you'll find lovely living and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a half bath, plus a flat screen HD TV with DVR and cable (including HBO, Showtime), and easy access to a sun-drenched deck.

At the end of the day, when you've had your fill of stargazing, slip downstairs and let the waves serenade you to sleep. The ocean's lullaby can be heard from two spacious bedrooms, each one boasting a full bath, Queen bed and exotic furnishings.

And best of all...this serene, private getaway is only 50 yards from the longest beach (10 miles) in Santa Cruz County! Restaurants, shopping, deli, coffee are all within walking distance. Golf course, supermarket, Chinese, French, Italian, Sushi, Mexican and Indian restaurants, nail salons, and 4 Pilates studios are all just 1 mile away.

So don't wait! Plan your retreat at Bali-by-the-Beach, now...

Come lie on the warm sand...

watch dolphins, sea lions, and otters frolic in the water...

write a story, paint a picture...stretch out...


People feel a deep peace here. You will too.

PS: Boogie board and wet suit in the garage

Keywords: Beautiful beach house, tranquil, lots of light, 1-minute walk to the beach, whitewater ocean views.

More Details

Joan Levine
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 31, 2017

About Joan Levine

Beach lover. Bali lover. 40-year resident of Santa Cruz and 4-time visitor to Bali. I enjoy creating environments. Living at the beach has been a lifelong dream of mine. Bali-by-the-Beach is a gift to be treasured...and offered. With gratitude, Joan

Joan Levine purchased this house in 1997

Why Joan Levine chose Rio del Mar

I've always wanted to live in a beach house. When I saw this home, I fell in love with it and bought it on the spot. What I enjoy: walking on the beach, walking to the famous Cement Ship at the Seacliff State Beach, walking to the quaint village of Aptos. I like the sweet and small Visitors Center, also located in Seacliff State Park. You just walk right to it! I love the food at the Pixie Deli around the corner. They make it easy to take a picnic to the beach. There's nothing like lying on a beach blanket on the warm sand. I read my book—for about 10 minutes. And then...I feel relaxed and dreamy, imagination in free rein. The waves, the birds, the breeze. I'm in a deeply restful place, and when I return I feel renewed, refreshed, and happy. And it all happens without getting into a car. Just a minute's walk from the house and there it is. My joy.

What makes this house unique

At Bali-by-the-Beach, I enjoy peace of mind and serenity. So much so that sometimes it is hard to leave! I'm so entranced by the view that it's just as good to see the view as it is to be in the view (i.e. on the beach). I feel in harmony with existence here.

My wish is the same for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Bali on the Beach was the perfect seaside place to celebrate our family thanksgiving, and the house had everything we could have asked for. Joan is a fabulous host who has thought of almost everything! BOTB is tastefully decorated and outfitted for comfort and serenity. The location was close to everything we wanted to do, including beach, hiking, restaurants, and beautiful sunsets. I would recommend this to my friends. Thanks Joan!


Response from you: Thank you for your kind words, Erik. Having you as my guests was completely my pleasure. It makes me happy that you enjoyed your time at Bali by the Beach. I love it! Please come again and yes, please recommend to your friends. Thanks, Joan

December 2015
Nov 2015
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Rio del Mar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1470 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Very convenient to the Great Room; no need to go downstairs.
  • Bathtub and shower in each of the two Master Baths. !/2 bath has sink and commode.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) 1 Queen bed is covered 4-poster hand-carved in Bali. Exotic. Other Queen bedroom is a boudoir with long mirror on wall next to bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Bali-by-the-Beach Retreat--Time for You--at Rio Del Mar Beach
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 59 reviews

Lovely Clean Beach Home

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the cleanest and dusk free vacation homes we have rented. Upon opening the door, you can feel the wonderful vibe created by Joan with her many collectibles and furnishings. Her attention to detail regarding everything her guests may need for their comfort and enjoyment is evident. Meals can be easily prepared in the well stocked kitchen, the clean windows for ocean viewing, comfortable furniture for relaxing, good size deck for morning coffee, meals and afternoon wine. Oh my! I could go on and on. Even the soaps were environmentally friendly! My husband and I throughly enjoyed our stay and the close proximity to the miles of walkable beach. Thank you Joan for sharing your lovely home with us. We will definitely return as long as it is available.


  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It thrills me that you were comfortable and enjoyed the home and the views and the details. Please come again. Best, Joan
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Excellent view and location. Also, the artwork is quite varied and interesting.

  • 5 of 5

The house has an excellent view of the beach and is furnished with numerous pieces of art. Our favorite part of the house was the deck.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway by the sea

  • 5 of 5

What a great weekend we had at the beach! This house is full of character and is in a very convenient location with a beautiful view from the deck for your morning coffee.

Thank you Joan!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank YOU Michelle. I appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm for all things. Hope you will come to Bali by the Beach again. You will always be welcome!
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Beautiful home, great location, views and wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Joan's place for a week with our little girl. Each bedroom has a private full bath. There are unique decorations from all over the world. The proximity to the beach was great. We took daily walks and found that we preferred walking on the beach to the East rather than to the West were there were more people picnics barbecues and such. The house is fully stocked which really means you don't need to bring much with you, including chairs & toys for the beach. Joan was incredibly helpful and kind, and I can't say enough good things. My husband saw a dolphin and we all saw a seal swim near the shore. We also went out on adventures in area, & saw whales, there is so much to do. Wish it was a little less windy and warmer, we got a few beautiful sunny days too. Thank you Joan!! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you got to see and do so much. Yes our summers can be a little cool from time to time. The hottest and sunniest time is September and October. The summer morning fog can be surprising! Please come again. You will always be welcome at Bali by the Beach.
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Perfect beach retreat

  • 5 of 5

View of the beach, sunset is peaceful, beautiful - living area is cozy - did not spend much time as we were on the beach. The kitchen is well stocked - We loved being just a short walk to the beach. There is a deli/market around the corner, great restaurants nearby. Communication with the owner was wonderful. She is quite gracious. The information, left in the home for guests, is so thorough - it is quite helpful! Wish we were there for longer than a weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes please come again. I am so glad you enjoyed some time for you at Bali by the Beach. Thank you for your kind words
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Great Romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Joan had everything all set up and ready for us.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
Cafe Rio
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Seascape Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
Cafe Rio; PIxie Deli
Nearest Beach
Rio del Mar State Beach

Short Day Trips to the Monterey Aquarium, John Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Big Sur (Henry Miller Library and More), Carmel White Sand Beach, San Francisco.

In the neighborhood are wineries, golf courses, and beaches galore.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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