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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

New at the condo: All new bamboo flooring installed in both bedrooms last fall. Clean and relaxing!


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 and heated from May 1 to September 30. Closed October through April.

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:
July 23, 2017

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 Central Coast

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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Ocean View condo in Aptos, 1 block to Sand, 2BR/2BA, Pool, Deck, Linens Incl'd
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews

Amazing location, great property, but condo wasn't clean on arrival

  • 3 of 5

Host was accommodating in getting it cleaned promptly, but we weren't able to get ready for an evening event. Then the cleaning crew threw away the food we stored in the fridge while we waited for the unit to be ready. Host was apologetic and refunded part of the cleaning fee. Rest of the stay was pleasant.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Although this was a very rare scheduling slip-up by our house cleaners, it was a situation I do not wish on any of our guests. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please recall that we did all we could to set things right: Our house cleaners arrived at the condo within one hour of your call, we refunded a portion of the rental fee, and we offered a late checkout on your last day. I'm glad to know you enjoyed the weekend.
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Perfect couples condo in Aptos

  • 5 of 5

This condo has everything that one (or two) couples needs for a great weekend. It's beautifully decorated and so comfortable. Enjoyed a nice long walk on the beach followed by a yummy dinner at Aptos BBQ.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you had good weather for a winter beach walk. Earlier storms brought lots of fun driftwood onto the sand, and the cement ship's bow turned on its side - quite an eventful winter. Come back soon!
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Great time.

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at your place. The condo is clean and well furnishinged with everything you need. You have a view of the ocean. We would love to stay again in the near future. Thanks for a great Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy (belated) 4th of July!

  • 5 of 5

We (2 adults, kids aged 15 and 13) spent a long weekend at Vista Delfino earlier this summer and I am finally getting to my review! We had a great time mostly along the beach at Rio del Mar, though also visited Santa Cruz (including the beach, Boardwalk and Mystery Spot) and had a great time. Access to Highway 1 is easy. The view from the deck is wonderful and the area is very pleasant. Even over the busy Fourth of July weekend, the beach felt friendly and safe. There was no "official" fireworks show visible from the condo, thought there were plenty of amateur pyrotechnics! There was also a parade and party in town.

The condo is roomy, comfortable and well equipped, including boogie boards (which my kids and I enjoyed) and a Sport-brella (which my wife loved). My son got a kick out of the elevating television. We also used the pool a couple of times which was a great alternative to the chilly ocean water. Karen's communication was excellent before our arrival and while we were there. Response to questions was quick and helpful. All in all, I would not hesitate to stay at Vista Delfino again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great spot in Aptos!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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and the dolphins came to visit......

  • 4 of 5

We spent a great week in August at this lovely apartment in Aptos. It is well equipped, comfortable and homely. The apartment is overlooking the beach at Rio Del Mar and just a couple of hundred yards from beach access. There is also a nice restaurant and bar down the street.

The apartment is well located as close to a superb grocery, Deluxe Foods, and just a couple of minutes drive from Aptos, where there are many shops and restaurants. We really liked Cafe Sparrow. We used Uber a couple of times and it was c. $6.

We also found Aptos a great base for getting to Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Capitola, Redwood forests and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

However the coolest thing about Vista Delfino was, well the vista delfino as the dolphins came swimming by early on Sunday morning!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for letting us know what you enjoyed at the condo. It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. Note: This guest uses the British term "homely," meaning pleasantly cozy, like one's own home."
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View cannot be beat

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views and peaceful setting. Only 1 block to beach and perfect for playing in the surf. My family loved spending time on the boogie boards there. Much less crowded than in Santa Cruz. Would definitely recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • 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

Aptos Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mar 23 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day holiday
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
May 28 2018 - Jun 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 15 2018 - Sep 15 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 16 2018 - Nov 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 25 2018 - Dec 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Holiday
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 1 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $140 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

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 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.
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