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Aptos Great House 2 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Backyard is the Ocean Rio del Mar

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Bring your camera!

This unique home is known in the area as the “Boat House”, and once you see the photos, you will certainly understand why! You will definitely want to take photos and/or videos to record your precious memories of this vacation…

From this fantastic home, you have breathtaking ocean views from almost every room in the house, from the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, both bedrooms, even the guest bathroom. The ocean is literally your backyard; just 4 steps & you are on the sand. And the sunrises and sunsets are simply picture perfect!

This house is a fully furnished two story home with 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms. The wonderful kitchen has a gas stove and all the other things, including lots of counter space, you need to prepare your meals. (or if you don’t want to cook, there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in the area!) Comfortable & inviting, this house sleeps 4- 6 (master bedroom with double bed; a guest bedroom with 2 twin beds and a queen size air bed that can be set up in the living room) The master bedroom has a wonderful carved wood bed & dresser, with an adjoining bathroom. Down the hall is the guest bathroom with its Jacuzzi tub and a great view of the ocean. At the end of the hall is the guest bedroom. It has two twin beds and a small deck, with a ship’s wheel.

Downstairs there is plenty of room to set up the air bed, and there is a ½ bathroom next to the living room. For those warm, lazy days there is a deck just outside the living room so you can gaze down upon the sandy beach. And for those quiet, relaxing times, there is the electric fireplace in the living room. There are also two TVs & a DVD player for the times when you are not playing in the water or sunbathing in your “backyard”. The parking is private and secluded (not street parking).

Within a few minute walking distance are the Café Rio, the Pixie Deli, Full of Beans at the Beach, and the Rio Market. Another easy walk is to the SS Palo Alto, the famous cement ship, which was built at the end of WWI. A few miles away is the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center, which has, to name just a few places, Safeway, Aptos Theater, Baskin Robbins, & Aptos Jewelers. Across the street are such places as “Sushi on the Run”, a laundry mat, Ferrells’ Donuts, & Taco Bell. For those golf lovers, the Seascape Resort Golf Course is only a couple of miles away. Close by are the DeLaveaga Golf Course & the Pasatiempo Golf Club.

This house is an ideal location in Santa Cruz County. Beside its proximity to the beach, other near-by attractions include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp, Mystery Spot, Monterey (the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a “must”), Carmel-by-the-Sea, San Francisco, & San Jose. You can travel from the sandy beaches to the redwoods in the mountains in just a matter of minutes. There is simply something for everyone!

Please inquire early as this home is only available for no more than 30 days per year. Thank You!


More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About The Owner

We do not rent this home more than 30 days a year, so please book early. Thanks!

Why The Owner chose Aptos

Santa Cruz County is beautiful from its sandy beaches to its redwood forests, and Aptos is centrally located. From here, it is easy to travel north to Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, or San Francisco or south to Monterey, Carmel, or Big Sur, just to name a few amazing places.

What makes this house unique

First & foremost, you are ON the beach, with literally only 4 steps before you hit the sand! No fighting traffic or difficulties in finding a parking spot. For those times you don't feel like 'going' to the beach, you can still see it from almost every room in the house. You can sit outside on the deck, or just gaze thru almost any window. There are only a handful of homes in all of Santa Cruz County that are located on the beach like this home. Most homes are on bluffs or across the street from a beach. This is the only home in this county that we know of that is shaped like a boat on the outside and then carries that theme thruout the inside, too. This home is easy to get to, only a few miles from the freeway. The area is beautiful & quiet, but yet close enough to stores, restaurants, attractions, etc. So many different things to do (or not to do, your choice) that everyone should be quite happy….


Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • A security deposit is required and is not counted toward the rental fee. $500 for a week or longer; $250 for less than a week stay.
  • Linen and bath towels are provided, but PLEASE bring your beach towels.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Aptos Great House 2 Bedroom 2 1/2 Bath Backyard is the Ocean Rio del Mar
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
Sacramento, California

It was the Best Beach location with unobstructed ocean views.

  • 4 of 5

The owners are very nice and responsive. Everything was as stated. The weekend was incredible and I'd rent it again in a heartbeat. I just Wished we'd rented it for 5 days. There is way too much to do in 3 nights. The pier and Beachfront are Wonderful to enjoy. There are lots of nice dogs. We had 2 bonfires. Lots of fun there.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Fantastic area. Easy going, beach was very cool

  • 5 of 5

We needed time to unwind, and sleep in!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a VIEW!

  • 5 of 5

This place is adorable, and right ON the beach. The owners, Jay and Gail, went OVER AND BEYOND to make our stay easy! We were evacuating Napa for a break from the smoke. Although it was not when Jay and Gail would have normally rented their place out, they did-and were BEYOND GRACIOUS!

We will be BACK, and next time under better circumstances!!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Boat House!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and our 4 boys and I stayed in the "Boat House" (named such by local neighbors) a the week beginning July 5. We were wanted a place right on the beach without even having to cross a street and that had some cool personality and this is exactly what we got. The beach is without rocks and very sandy and not too busy and with even fire pits for the evening. Gail and Jay's (owners) daughter joined us for surf lessons north of the pier on near the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz (Club Ed surf school was great) and our 9 year old on up to our 47 year old (me) surfed like a Pros, then we rented just wet suit and board the following day. Place was amazing, location was spectacular, and this is an amazing destination itself (no need to find attractions as the beach is enough). Highly recommend to anyone else!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Beachfront Home

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this wonderful beachfront home. Even if you don't want to cook, you will spend time in the kitchen enjoying the view of the waves crashing on the beach.

Great area for walking and bike rides. Close to everything you may want to do.

We really enjoyed waking up to the fog in the morning and watching it burn off in time to enjoy a sunny day. The Sunsets are breathtaking.

Buddy (our Cocker) loved having the sandy beach as his front yard to play in and take care of his business (please remember to always pick up after you dog).

No matter how you like to spend you vacation, this is a great place to call home.

Thanks Gail and Jay for being such great hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thousand Oaks, CA

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Boat House and had a fantastic time! It's such a fun place, and we enjoyed being the envy of the beachgoers who couldn't help but stop and admire the house as they walked by. It's adorable from the outside, and the interior decor is in keeping with the theme. Far from being kitschy, every room is tastefully and thoughtfully decorated in a nautical motif. It's also well-appointed, and we had everything we needed. There's a lot to do in the area, but we hardly ventured out - what could compare with having your own house right on the beach? We loved sitting on the balcony overlooking the sand and watching the sunsets, or enjoying the charming fireplace and romantic bath with jacuzzi tub. The private parking was a huge plus - we saw cars driving around and around looking for a place to park, so it was nice not to have to worry about that. The little store, coffee house and deli within walking distance were handy. The owners couldn't have been more warm and welcoming, and went out of their way to make sure we felt right at home. We are already planning for when we can return - and it can't come soon enough!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
San Jose International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Cafe Rio
Nearest Beach
Rio del Mar State Beach

Rio del Mar


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $135 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cleaning fee of $135. Security Deposit of $500. Pet deposit of $125.
Credit card 3%. Please contact us directly with any questions about the above monies. Thank You!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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