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Betty's on the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Spring has arrived in all it's glory. Absolutely the most spectacular time to visit Rio Del Mar Beach.

As many know Santa Cruz County experienced a winter for the ages. The famous Concrete Boat took a beating. At Betty's we had waves across Beach Dr. into the front yard but our house had absolutely no problems and everything is set up for a fantastic Spring and Summer season. I want to thank those who reached out to us...Betty's is in prime shape.

Spring combines big surf, great surf fishing and wildlife abounds and best of all, no crowds down at our end of Beach Drive. We look forward to some beautiful weather and we will be taking reservations for April & May on a first come basis with a limit to 2 weekends per month.

Betty's on the Beach is exactly that. Just 20 feet from Rio Del Mar Beach. Betty's is a beautiful, well maintained family home located directly on one of the longest and most stunning beaches in California.

Whether you like surfing, walking for miles or just sitting on the deck watching the dolphins and pelicans, Betty's has it all. The perfect house for family vacations, 'girls weekend' getaways or a romantic trip to the beach.

Spring is the time for great surf perch fishing or sea glass hunting. Surfing right in front of the house has been the best in over 10 years.

The view extends from Pleasure Point (Santa Cruz) to Moss Landing. Betty's has a beautiful private back yard, with small pool, ponds and waterfall, provides a quiet spot for a BBQ or sit out on the top deck for a spectacular view of the Pacific.

Our fully equipped galley kitchen, with separate pantry area, is perfect for those who love to cook. It would even meet with Anthony Bourdain's approval with No Reservations.

The extra large living room and separate dining room overlook the beach and a spiral staircase leads to the bedrooms, master bath and upstairs deck. Betty's has WiFi, unlimited phone access, full Comcast channel selection including HBO plus Netflix and a great library of popular movies.

Our spacious master bedroom has a queen bed and walk in closet and access to the top deck. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds along with a separate sitting area that includes a comfortable sofa bed right off the top deck. We also have a 'smart' TV for those smart enough to figure out how to access Netflix and internet from a TV.

Every season of the year is unique and the reasons to come to Betty's are really up to you. Winter can be amazing and Spring might be the most spectacular time to be at beautiful Rio Del Mar beach. Quiet days, big surf and just the dolphins, seals and shore birds to keep you company. It's a great time to get out and explore and see mother nature at it's best. After a day on the beach you can watch the sun set from the deck then curl up in front of the fire with a glass of wine.

Summer at Rio Del Mar beach is the ultimate summer beach scene--sun, fun and we provide the boogie and skim boards, fishing equipment and best beach vollyball courts all ad up to a fabulous getaway.

We are taking Spring & Fall reservations. Summer is close to booked with many returning families. Many thanks to all our returning guests. This year, for the first time, we will have one week open in Sept & Oct. It's a first come deal, we've never had those months open before (family only time).

Due to the high volume of requests (thanks VRBO!) please allow a day or two for us to respond.

Please note: We request a minimum stay of 5 nights May thru Oct and weekly rentals will have priority and shorter requests accepted 2 weeks out if dates are open. Nov-March we have a 3 night minimum stay. April is 4 nights. We limit renting our beach house to 10 total weeks a year.

Googlemap street view gives a great panoramic view up and down the beach. Photo was taken before we finished front remodel and painting!!

Thanks for considering Betty's on the Beach for your next visit to Aptos and the beautiful Rio Del Mar beach.

More Details

Brian Carolan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017


Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) Double sofa bed in a large divided bedroom with two twin beds, Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Betty's on the Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Sparks nevada


  • 5 of 5

One of the best rental properties we have ever stayed in!!! The owner makes it so comfortable you never want to leave! The location of course if perfect we will be back to stay here often!!!

Gina, Reno Nv

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gina. Glad you and your family enjoyed your visit to Betty's and love for you to come back anytime. Brian and Jacquie
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Quaint, beautiful place for a couple/small family!

  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely place for my husband & I to stay. Best place we've stayed at on Beach Drive. Quaint, beautiful backyard, quiet, all the amenities we needed and then some. The owner, Brian, is more than welcoming and accommodating! We want to come back & stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, CA

Great House, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We had such a fun weekend. The proximity to the beach can't be beat. The kitchen is updated and has everything you need. The beds are comfortable. There are plenty of restaurants nearby if you chose to eat out. The backyard is an added treat. Thanks Brian! We are looking forward to coming back this summer!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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birthday stay

  • 5 of 5

Brian is very easy to work with personally. I was very impressed with his attitude regarding check-in/out times. He will let you get there early and will not rush you out. The house is more thoroughly stocked with essentials than any house I've ever stayed in and I have been a Home Away client for somewhere around 8 years. Be careful, a lot of "beachfront" properties are blocks from the beach, but not Betty's. This is truly beachfront living. The few neighbors I met, including next door are very nice and don't treat you like a renter. I whole-heartedly recommend this property and would consider renting it again (something I have never done). Thank you Brian, you make the difference.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words Frank! So glad you had a chance to come to Betty's and celebrate your birthday. We hope you have a chance to come back and we appreciate you selecting our beach house. Brian and Jacquie
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Pleasant Hill, Ca

Lifetime Rio Del Mar Beach groupie looking for a house on the beach

  • 5 of 5

Awesome house on the beach. Pristine and welcoming. Sunsets are perfect from the patio, well stocked kitchen. The owners are awesome at correspondence. I can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christy We just so happy the good weather we ordered came thru. Thanks for picking Betty's Brian and Jaacquie
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  • 5 of 5

This beach house has the most fabulous view of the ocean. You can see the pods of Dolphins perfectly from the upper deck. The sunsets are amazing too! Betty's is fully equipped, just bring your beverages and food. Can't wait to visit again soon....

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Priscilla Very cool that the dolphins, seals and whales have been in so close to the house this year. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Betty's and hope you come back again. Jacquie & Brian
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Rates & Availability

Aptos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
Apr 1 2017 - May 12 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 13 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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