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2nd row, 3 Minute Walk to Seacliff Beach - Remodeled - Aquarium Passes

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

950sq.ft, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. New kitchen, baths, furniture and mattresses.

Brand new remodel & furniture!!! New kitchen, baths and all new furniture and mattresses.

Hear the waves in this Aptos vacation home across the street from the neighborhood beach entrance to the Seacliff and Pot Belly beaches. Walk down a very pictures Beachgate path or, if you have too many beach things, drive 0.2mi and use provided California State Park pass for the free access and parking.

2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths - sleeps 6, with California king bed, queen bed and a pull out queen sofa bed in the living-room. New kitchen with granite counters, remodeled bathrooms and an outdoor warm shower.

The kitchen is fully equipped and the house includes washer and dryer, an outdoor hot water shower, cable TV, WiFi, DVD player, stereo with CD player, and lots of games.

Just bring your bathing suit. Everything else is provided: linens, beach towels, chairs, umbrella and toys.

CasaMareAptos is a duplex. The upstairs apartment is never rented; it's our second home and we, a semi-retired couple, use it on weekends.

The house architecture provides total privacy; with guest having an exclusive use of the downstairs, fenced in (8' - 10') back/side yards, outdoor shower, the BBQ, and 2 car driveway. Only the front yard is shared with the owners. There is practically no street parking. The rental comes with a 2 parking spaces in the driveway.

Also included are (over $150 value)

- CA state park vehicle pass to visit over 20 local state parks.

- 2 member guest passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Save time by skipping a long line and using the member entrance!

Seacliff beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. It is wide, 19+ mile long, and in low tide you can walk 1.5 mi to Capitola. Spend quiet weekdays swimming, boogie boarding and surfing with just the dolphins, whales, seals and shorebirds to keep you company.

This is a great location for visiting Monterrey, Carmel, Capitola, Santa Cruz, 17 Mile Drive or just relaxing on the beach.

More Details

Casa Mare
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, Hebrew
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Casa Mare

We know that your vacation is important to you and so we do our best to insure that you find our home to be a pleasant place to enjoy local attractions, ocean beaches, and your time to relax and unwind away from the everyday. ====================================

My wife and I met in Cambridge, MA almost 30 years ago. We moved from the east coast Bay Area to the west coast two years later.


Casa Mare is our second home. We spend weekends (sometimes long ones since we love it here so much more than the hectic Silicon Valley) in the upstairs apartment. Our kids are grown so it’s just the two of us. We are available to answer any questions and to share our favorite places to visit and eat at.

==================================== Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to answering any and all questions you may have.

We hope that we get an opportunity to host your family and have you and yours enjoy all that the area has to offer.

Casa Mare purchased this house in 2011

Why Casa Mare chose Aptos

Location! Location! Location!


Both being scientist, we used a scientific approach, the Radar app, in selecting the warmest, least foggy beach community. We’re surprised to discover that often there is a 15 to 20 degrees difference with in less than 10 miles.

We chose our home because of proximity to the beach and it’s unique architecture.

What makes this house unique

The house architecture provides total privacy; with guest having an exclusive use of the back yard, outdoor shower and BBQ.


We love to travel and to stay in vacation rentals, especially when traveling with our family or friends. For the past 25+ years we have rented over 100 places all over US and Europe and have used this experience in setting up our home. We furnished it with all the things that we’ve enjoyed and appreciated: tourist information, guide books, lots of books and games for adults and kids, cooks kitchen, extra towels and linens, and of cause everything one would need for the beach, even kites. Many guests comment on our location and how well-equipped our home is.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay in Aptos; the area is so beautiful and especially because of this place - so charming and so nicely located. It screams home and comfort. The owners have thought of every last detail. It has everything we needed to have a great time: lots of books to read on the beach, a whole shelf of guidebooks to help us plan day trips, games to keep adults and kids occupied, everything we needed for the beach (coolers, chairs, umbrellas, mats, and even kites), and every type of pot and pan and kitchen gadget you could possibly need. We spent a lot of time on the beach, visiting Monterey, Carmel, Santa Cruz, wine tasting and hiking in a number of parks (it was really helpful to have the access pass that came with the house). Our favorite excursions were to the redwoods and the aquarium. However, the real pleasure was to come home to our charming back yard and sunsets walks on the most amazing beach. We ate in and ate out (the owners were very helpful with recommendations). And after all this effort we slept like babes. All in all memorable week and and we have already booked a return trip!!!
Feb 2014
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Aptos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Warm water outdoor shower for rinsing from the beach.
  • Tankless water heater, so you'll never run out of hot water. All remodeled bathrooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , All new furniture and mattress
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , New mattress with memory foam topper. Fits twin inflatable
  • Both bedrooms have all new furniture and mattresses with memory foam toppers. Guests love our beds and several have asked for the mattresses' information. Our family uses the house most of the time and, unfortunately, bad backs backs run in the family. So we were very careful selecting the mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Capitola Village, Downtown Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Wharf are a 5-10 minute drive. San Jose Airport, Carmel and Monterey are a 40 minute drive.


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2nd row, 3 Minute Walk to Seacliff Beach - Remodeled - Aquarium Passes
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 30 reviews
Dublin, CA

Great location and cute home with personality

  • 5 of 5

The hosts are wonderful and have thought of all needs during your stay. We were amazed how easy it was to get comfortable in this home. Within walking distance, you have a few bars, restaurants and ice cream. Seacliff State Beach is within walking distance, and the owners have provided a State Park annual pass, along with Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets. Both provide great options for daytime outings!

We will definitely be back. We loved Aptos and this home.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great recommendation. We are glad that you've enjoyed your stay and would love to have an opportunity host your family again. We offer 10% discount to returned guests. We await your return soon!
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A fantastic value!

  • 5 of 5

We were on a several week vacation, including 4 hotels and this great beach Home. The comfort, convenience, and hospitality of the owners can’t be beat. And what a location! This place can’t be beat!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlingame, Ca

The perfect spot...!

  • 5 of 5

This eknd was a hge success becase this plsce was perfect.

It is well laid out for wheelchair access and nicley decorated.

We apprecaited the detils for comfort and the bonus of prodcts

both tin the kitahcn snd the washroom. We will definety return and recommend our friends cme here as well.

Thanks for the convenience, cleanliness and cute details.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

House beautiful, clean,spacious, and quiet. While not directly on the beach, it is just a short walk to the beach via a path or state park entrance is within walking distance as well. All the home amenities are supplied to feel at home and comfortable. Enjoyed relaxing, the beach, cooking, and enjoyed the passes to the aquarium (thank you).

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, clean, great for smaller kids!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed while in town for a wedding, and we had two adult couples plus a 15 month old, and the location was great! The state park passes and aquarium passes were perfect, (not only can you use the member entrance for the aquarium, but certain days and times of year it allows you to enter a half hour before general admission, and that place gets BUSY). The house was easily childproofed for little ones, which can sometimes be a challenge with these types of rentals.

My only comment is that the listing said this is a house, but it is actually the downstairs apartment of a house. Still a walk-out, not underground, but not a single family like I was expecting. The apartment is bright, but definitely no views despite being so close to the water.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kaleigh, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our home. We are glad you had a good time and enjoyed the State Parks (3 with in 2mi) and the Aquarium passes. Unfortunately, VRBO property type field does not include "duplex" option. Our rates are significantly lower than single homes in the neighborhood and the home description specifically states: "CasaMareAptos is a duplex. The upstairs apartment is never rented; it's our second home and we, a semi-retired couple, use it on weekends. The house architecture provides total privacy; with guest having an exclusive use of the downstairs, fenced in (8' - 10') back/side yards, outdoor shower, the BBQ, and 2 car driveway. Only the front yard is shared with the owners. There is practically no street parking. The rental comes with a 2 parking spaces in the driveway."
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We arrived later in the evening and Marina happened to be there to show us in to the house. She was so helpful and friendly. The house was perfect, spacious, bright and clean. We had two children with us and there were lots of little touches such as kids crockery and cutlery that made us all feel welcome. We would definitely stay here again if we were visiting the area and would recommend it to friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
San Jose (San Francisco - 66 miles)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Seascape Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Rout 1 (The famous CA coastal scenic highway)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Manuel's (lots of restaurants within half a mile)
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Seacliff State Beach, beach access 50 yards
Car: necessary

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is within 8 miles. Roaring Camp Train is within 13 miles. Seascape Golf Club is 1.5 miles away. UC Santa Cruz is 15 minute drive and Cabrillo College - 5 minutes away.

Monterey Bay Aquarium is 40 minutes away. Pebble Beach, Carmel, 17 Mile Drive are less than 50 minutes away. Elkhorn Slough is less than 20 minutes away.

Walk to Capitola and its great waterfront restaurants and boutique shopping. Dozens of wineries in scenic locations with delicious wine. Local wineries include Storrs, Bonny Dune, Soqual Vineyards, Windy Oaks, Hunter Hill, Barghetto, Vine Hill.

The Forest at Nisene Marks is a mile away. Great hiking and biking in a beautiful redwood forest.

Over 100 outlet stores are in Santa Cruz, Gilroy, and Monterey.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

OCCUPANT INFORMATION Mandatory Please One adult at least 25 years or older must be present.

-Any cancellation must be in writing.
-Should a cancellation occur, Occupant(s) will be entitled to all monies paid less a 10% cancellation fee, as long as the property is re-booked for those dates.
-Should a cancellation occur, and the property is not rebooked, and all monies due have been received, all monies are nonrefundable except for the cleaning fee and security deposit.

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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