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Betty's on the Beach

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

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

About the property

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

Finally winter is here. Absolutely the most spectacular time to visit Rio Del Mar Beach.

Big surf, wildlife abounds and best of all, no crowds and we are at the end of Beach Drive. We will still have some beautiful weather and we will be taking reservations for Dec-March on a first come basis with a limit to 2 weekends per month.

Jab/Feb Betty's Special: book 4 nights and get the 5th night FREE.

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.

Before I forget, winter and spring is the time for great surf perch fishing or sea glass hunting.

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 even bikes to have a fabulous getaway.

Some of the best beach volleyball courts in the area are just a few feet away.

We are taking Spring & Summer reservations with many returning families and we will again be booked by soon. 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.

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Brian Carolan
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Betty's on the Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

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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Recent tenant

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful property..perfect for adult families.. Fully stocked kitchen that has everything you could need to serve your family a wonderful meal by the beach!! I highly recommend this property..

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kimmy We certainly appreciate your positive review and we do hope you come back to Betty's. Thanks for visiting our beach house, Brian and Jacquie
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Rates & Availability

Aptos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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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Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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