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Casa Del Mar - Ocean View and Quick Walk to Rio Del Mar Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Ocean view & quick walk to beach - 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Sleeps 10; parking for 3 cars

Enjoy an ocean view, quick walk to the beach and on-site parking for 3 cars.

Casa Del Mar is located just steps from Rio Del Mar State Beach. This cozy beach house has all the comforts of home for the entire family (or two). The house sleeps 10 comfortably, but only 8 adults max. per our Santa Cruz County vacation rental permit. There is no back yard.

The open 1,500 square foot house has a reverse floor plan.

The first floor has 3 bedrooms, a full bath, and laundry room with sand shower.

The second floor has a full bath and the rest is an open “great room” – combined kitchen, living and dining area – with an outer deck that wraps around 3 sides. Great views of the Monterey Bay and Aptos hills can be had from anywhere on the 2nd floor.

The upstairs Great Room features a fireplace, couch and love seat, ocean views, 40” flat panel TV with Comcast Xfinity X1 cable service, high-speed wireless internet and an iPod dock. There is also a selection of DVD movies, games, and various books. A spacious dining table comfortably seats 10-12.

Pack up and take the easy 3-minute walk down the hill, directly to the Rio Del Mar State Beach or walk a bit farther to Sea Cliff State Beach (cement ship, fishing pier and visitor’s center). This is a great stretch of open beach which offers clean, white sand, with year-round bathroom facilities and lifeguards on duty during peak season (June-Aug).

In addition to the Rio Market just down the hill for ice and snacks, it is only a short drive to grocery shopping, Starbucks and other Aptos dining. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz is about a 20-minute drive. If you choose to explore farther south, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (via Hwy 1) is about a 45-minute drive.

*** Please refer to our calendar for approximate availability. I'm no longer able to accommodate all back-to-back bookings, as my cleaning service has changed. At least 1 week advance notice is needed.


House is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival. Beds aren't made but clean sheets are stocked in the bedroom closets -- or you can bring your own. All sheets and towels that are used must be washed prior to departure; OK to leave 1 load in dryer. (With a 4-hour turnaround/cleaning time between check-in and check-out, it's impossible for the cleaning crew to launder 8 beds' worth of sheets and towels that have been used by potentially 10 guests). We do have high-capacity washer and dryer and laundry detergent is provided.


2016 - Upstairs great room: 40" tv replaced previous 32" tv; love seat replaced swivel chair; Surf bedroom: upstairs 32" tv is now in this bedroom

2015 - Upper deck extended; laminate flooring replaced carpeting downstairs in all 3 bedrooms and hallway.

2014 - New appliances: dishwasher, high-capacity washer & dryer

More Details

Pam Doherty
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2018

About Pam Doherty

We have lived in the bay area our whole lives and consider the beach our #1 getaway spot.

Pam Doherty purchased this house in 2011

Why Pam Doherty chose Aptos

We've always loved the beach and make frequent trips from the south bay to enjoy it with our boys.

What makes this house unique

We loved the open floor plan, ocean view, and quick and easy access to the best beach in Santa Cruz County.


Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs - toilet , shower
    Sand Shower - shower , Located in downstairs laundry room
  • Both bathrooms are stocked with a hair dryer, liquid hand soap and toilet paper. Downstairs bathroom has a first-aid kit. The laundry room has a sand shower for a quick rinse.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Sun - 1 queen
    Surf - 2 bunk bed
    Sand - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , queen bed has 16 inch mattress
  • See pictures. Clean sheets are located in each bedroom closet; 2 sets per bed. All mattresses have a waterproof mattress cover. Each bed has 2 pillows per person, blanket and comforter.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
House is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival. Beds aren't made but clean sheets are stocked in the bedroom closets -- or you can bring your own. Sheets and towels that are used must be washed prior to departure; OK to leave 1 load running in dryer. Laundry detergent is provided.


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Casa Del Mar - Ocean View and Quick Walk to Rio Del Mar Beach
average rating of 4.9183674 based on 49 reviews

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and was in a great location. House is perfect for a family reunion and getaway. House is stocked with everything you need and is very comfortable. Owners are really nice and stayed in contact. We will be back, loved it !

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great home and cant beat the location

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our stay in this adorable Aptos home. It is stocked full of everything you cook, to entertain, to relax, and the list goes on. Whatever I forgot Pam had in 1 of her cabinets. Very nicely decorated, and clean.

We will definitely be back,


  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tracy, CA

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting us enjoy your home in Aptos. We had 4 great days and lots of memories. I had my daughters and grandchildren for the long weekend and your home was perfect! Plenty of room for all of us! We really liked the bedrooms downstairs where we walk in so we were not shuffling suitcases up and down the stairs. The large kitchen table was the favorite! A great spot for all of us to enjoy our meals and fun things to do. The bench seats made it very easy for us to move around and all 10 of us had plenty of room. Lots of window upstairs to enjoy the scenery! The wrap around deck was enjoyable, especially with the plexi-glass all the way around. We were able to enjoy the outdoors, viewing the ocean and not worrying about the little ones as there was no danger of them falling. The little notes you had around the home were very helpful in making sure we put things where they belonged. The games, tv’s and many amenities made this a wonderful stay. I will be sure to come back to your home in the future. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Meadow Vista, CA

Great house and location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely home during Christmas and had a wonderful time. The location was perfect and the views from the wrap around deck were amazing - ocean view out front and mountain view in the back. Pam was so easy to deal with during the entire process. The house had everything we needed and the layout was perfect for our family. We walked to the beach everyday and made sure to catch the sunsets. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place to stay with family

  • 5 of 5

I love this place it’s our 2 nd time renting this place and both time it has been great.

The owners are great people to work with, the water heater went out I texted her and she had someone out within one hr.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, NM

Great little spot in prime location!

  • 4 of 5

My family really enjoyed this great beach house! It was fully stocked and well labeled which made it so easy to find everything! The views were great, you could walk to the beach, corner store, little cafe, etc. Kids loved the games and movies and of course the bunk beds! Beach toys, boogie boards and chairs were awesome too, we got lots of use out of them and the sand shower was a life saver. The house was very cozy and very kid friendly and Pam was a fantastic host, lots of really good, clear communication which I really appreciate. The inside of the house could use a fresh coat of paint but that's super minor. The only downside of our stay and the only thing keeping me from giving the house the full 5 stars is the laundry situation. I knew ahead of time that we would be required to wash our own towels and sheets but I didn't realize what a giant pain in the butt it would be. I totally understand why the owner has you do this but it really did create a timing issue for us on the day we left. I couldn't wash everything in one, or even two loads (we are a family of 6, the sheets took two loads and we wanted to spend the morning at the beach which then created an entire load of towels) and we had to really juggle exactly how to get it all done which impacted the way we spent our final day of vacation. Definitely was a bit of a buzz kill to be stressing over laundry and factoring that into the days plans. Despite this, I'd still recommend this rental and this owner for a stay in the area, it really is a sweet little spot.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pixie Deli
Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
Palapas Restaurant
Marianne's Ice Cream
So many flavors to choose from!
Red Apple Cafe
Great breakfast spot!
Deluxe Foods of Aptos
Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Mineta San Jose International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
SeaBreeze Tavern
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Seascape Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Cafe Rio
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Rio Del Mar State Beach

* Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 10 minutes away

* Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row are a 40 minute drive


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400

Rates are firm - no last minute "deals" are offered.
Minimum 1 week advance notice required.
No monthly rentals.
Copy of drivers license is required.
Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) Certificate #: CO00055

Cancellation Policy:
• At least 30 days before arrival date: a full refund will be issued.
• 15-29 days before arrival date: the total rental amount shall be refunded, less 1 night’s Cancellation Fee.
• 14 days or less before arrival date: 50% of the total rent will be forfeited.

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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