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Ocean View condo in Aptos, 1 block to Sand, 2BR/2BA, Pool, Deck, Linens Incl'd

Bedrooms 2
Space 970 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Bright 2 BR/2 BA Condo, Bay view, Deck - A Block from Sand, Hear the Waves

Summer rentals of less than 4 nights may be available between other stays. Contact the owner.


VISTA DELFINO is our treasured vacation spot with a dolphin view. We searched the entire coast along Monterey Bay, and chose this spot for our own family gatherings. It is close enough to all the area's sights and conveniences, but quiet enough to make your trip a true getaway.

Relax in your condo with a wall of windows overlooking the water. Hear the waves crash outside your door. A block from the sand, head out for a morning walk on the beach, enjoy boogie-boarding or a picnic.

Watch the sea life from the deck, and from the open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen. Gather in the fully equipped kitchen to prepare all meals or only a few -- the choice is yours. Café Rio, the Pixie Deli, and Flats Bistro (coffee, pastries and pizza) just off the beach, are walkable locations for eating out. Many other restaurants, grocery stores, and shops are within a mile of the condo. Our informational guide (in the unit) lists places to eat, shop and sight-see.

Located in the less crowded Rio Del Mar neighborhood of Aptos, this is your perfect base for visiting Santa Cruz (10 minutes away) and Monterey/Carmel (30-40 minutes away), as well as local nature hikes and beach fun.

Vista Delfino is equipped with special features that make us feel pampered and refreshed. We hope our guests will appreciate them, too.

SLEEPS 4-6: Master bedroom has a King Sealy Posturepedic Pasadena mattress with 'plush' pillow top, and en suite bathroom with shower. Second bedroom has a Queen Simmons mattress with 3-inch memory-foam topper. The second bathroom, with bath/shower combination, is off the hall. Two fold-out futons are available for sleeping in the living room, most comfortable for youngsters. New bamboo flooring in both bedrooms October, 2016.

LINENS: The norm for local condos is 'bring-your-own linens,' but here, we want you to be worry-free -- we supply the linens! We supply all sheets, bath towels and beach towels for your stay. No need to pack an extra suitcase of sheets. We supply large, thirsty, deep-pile St. Moritz luxury bath towels for extra comfort.

FREE WIRELESS INTERNET and Extended basic cable.

KITCHEN WITH BREAKFAST BAR: Major appliances (see below), plus microwave, coffeemaker and cooking equipment. We provide cleansers and paper products. Help yourself to our collection of spices and condiments.

DINING: Dine indoors with a water view (dining table seats 6-8), or more casually on the deck. Gas barbecue is on the deck.

GARAGED PARKING: Two (2) dedicated parking spots (one behind the other) in the enclosed garage for average-sized cars only. Garage is shared with the neighbor. Trucks or large family vans must be parked on the street.

POOL: The pool (shared among condo residents and guests) is open all year, but heated from May 1 to October 31 only.

Our calendar is up-to-date. We aim to make your stay among your best vacations.

More Details

Karen Brattesani
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Some Italian and Spanish, best by email.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Karen Brattesani

I (Karen) grew up in Oakland, across the Bay from San Francisco. My husband Doug and I met at U.C., Berkeley. After living in Seattle for 30 years, we are ready to spend more time in a warmer part of the west coast and get back in touch with our California friends and relatives.

Karen Brattesani purchased this condo in 2014

Why Karen Brattesani chose Aptos

We searched for nearly a year for the perfect place to spend vacation time with family and friends. Our perch overlooking the Bay is ideal for nature-watching on the deck. Even in cooler weather, we have a front-row seat at our wall of windows, where whales and pelicans provide our best entertainment.

When we are here, the water calls to us to take long walks with feet in the foam, search for treasures at low tide, and admire sand castles (and make some ourselves). And at least one of us has taken up boogie boarding.

What makes this condo unique

Vista Delfino is close enough to Santa Cruz fun, shopping, and all the conveniences of a city, yet in our quieter neighborhood, we can relax with the sound of the sea as our background music.


Aptos Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 970 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite in Master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located in hall, available for guest use.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Master Bedroom has an en suite bath with a roomy shower stall (no tub). Second bedroom has a Queen bed with memory foam topper. New bamboo flooring installed in bedrooms October, 2016.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Bright, clean and cheerful. Recessed lighting, heat panels and living/dining bamboo flooring, installed during 2012 remodel. Bamboo flooring in bedrooms installed October, 2016.


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Ocean View condo in Aptos, 1 block to Sand, 2BR/2BA, Pool, Deck, Linens Incl'd
average rating of 4.714286 based on 35 reviews

This condo was perfect for our family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed here for 5 days across the Labor Day weekend. It was a great place with spectacular ocean views and nearby beaches. Surprisingly it wasn't very crowded and we were able to take advantage of street parking for our extra car. The condo was very clean and quite well stocked. It is nicely furnished and we thoroughly enjoyed the outside deck and gas bbq. We could see whales almost everyday, and even had dolphins one day too! The bedrooms and bathrooms are a good size and the condo has all the amenities one could want, even a dishwasher. We all enjoyed the comfy living room couch and watched movies every night. Capitola and Santa Cruz are nearby so day trips were great! We loved Gayles bakery in Capiola and Deluxe Foods market which is not a far drive from the condo. Of course the Liquor store just down the street was quite handy too. Although we did not take advantage of the pool the on site laundry room was a god send! All in all it was a great place to stay and we would book it again. Karen is great, easy to contact and ever so helpful when you have questions. For a place less than 2 hours from home, this condo offered a totally relaxing getaway. Whether listening to the waves, whale watching or just hanging out, this is the place for you!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you found so many fun things to do in the area and also had time to relax. You had great luck at your whale and dolphin sightings close to shore. These mammals can be elusive, but they are nearly always somewhere in the bay. Thanks for the lovely summary of your visit.
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Walnut Creek, California

Beautifully appointed, well-furnished kitchen. Excellent location. Stunning views.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely visit with our daughter and grand daughter. This condo is a convenient walk to the beach and to a village center with groceries and a couple of restaurants.

Home has comfortable quilts and throws for snuggling up to read or watch the waves.

Appreciated a covered garage, but there was also good street parking.

We cooked most of our dinners and appreciated a very well stocked kitchen.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location with beach view, comfortable, cozy, clean and bright!

  • 4 of 5

Great location, with great oven view. See and hear the waves crashing on the beach below!! Spacious kitchen and living area. 2 comfy rooms and bathrooms. Everything you need for a great stay provided, including beach toys. Enjoyed listening to the waves crash each morning with my coffee...and sipping local wine while watching sunset on the ocean. We stayed 5 nights and grilled on the BBQ, cooked in the well appointed kitchen and ventured about to nearby towns of Capitola, Santa Cruz and San Jose. All furniture comfy... the only recommendation is to air out the microfiber couch...has a somewhat stale smell. Would definitely return ... lovely place❤️!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location! Well taken care of place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week staying in Aptos. The property was in a great location just about a block from the ocean. The view is beautiful. The property is super clean and well taken care of. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice property

  • 4 of 5

Great location and everything you need.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous views and great location!

  • 5 of 5

We throroughly enjoyed our stay at Vista Delfino! The condo is extremely updated and has everything you need to make your stay comfortable. Loved the views, listening to the waves from the balcony/family room, ease of walking to the beach/paths and the heated pool with full sun until 5:00!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
San Jose International (SJC)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Cafe Rio
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Seascape Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Cafe Rio
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Car: necessary

Vista Delfino overlooks a continuous 20-mile-long sandy beach, a destination for those who love the coast, its wildlife, beachcombing and surfing. It is 10 minutes from Santa Cruz (Surf City) and its famous Boardwalk, 40 minutes from Carmel by the Sea, and 30 minutes from Monterey, home of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.

You can go swimming, boogie boarding and surfing at the many beaches along the bay. go hiking among the redwoods in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, or view jellyfish and shorebirds at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. And remember to take at least one evening walk along a beach or a cliff at sunset.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Check-in is 3 pm. Check-out is 11 am. This property complies with Santa Cruz County Transient Occupancy Tax requirements, certificate #CO00384.

I ask guests to sign a rental agreement that includes things that Santa Cruz County requires I disclose. I will send the rental agreement through the VRBO/Homeaway site or directly to the guest's email address.

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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