Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Aptos, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $200 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Aptos. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Add Aptos to your list of perfect beach towns

Tucked into a corner of Monterey Bay, just east of Santa Cruz, Aptos is a small town bordered by a big ocean and a forest of towering redwoods. Once inhabited by the Ohlone Awaswas people, the area's past reads like a history of California's most adventurous opportunists. It was home to missionaries, then cattle ranchers, then loggers, then partiers looking for a discreet drink during Prohibition. Now, it's a family friendly community with a weekly farmers' market, protected parklands, and 2 beautiful beaches that welcome sunbathers, campers, and nature lovers all year long.

Things to do

Unbelievable sights and believable history

Visitors might expect the ocean views and nature hikes available in this coastal California town, but Aptos is also a source of unexpected intrigue. Take a short drive from your Aptos vacation rental into the redwood forests, and you'll find the Mystery Spot, an attraction based on gravity and visual illusions. You'll experience gravity-defying demonstrations _ balls rolling uphill and people leaning at crazy angles without falling over _ and leave amazed. Vacationers with kids in tow will love the Aptos History Museum, with quaint, lovingly curated exhibits on the history of the area.


Aptos has a climate as comfortable as they come

Vacationers rave about the weather in Aptos, but so do year-round residents. It's that good. Winter is quieter, as temps dip into the 50s and beach activities grow less popular, but sunny, hike-worthy days are still frequent. In summer, the weather is warm without ever growing oppressively hot. Highs stay near the 70-degree mark. September is the warmest month, and January is the wettest. If you're hoping to avoid the damp but still stick to your budget, try booking an Aptos vacation rental in the fall.

Natural features

Redwoods and cougars and slugs, oh my!

In the cool quiet of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, visitors can enjoy more than just exercise. Tall trees shade creeks and canyons, and most of the land is covered in redwood forest, with trees hitting the ripe old age of 120 years and reaching 125 feet tall. The diverse plant life and water sources support many species you'll want to look out for, including cougar, deer, yellow-legged frogs, and the popular and almost neon-yellow banana slug. Birdwatchers can train their binoculars on American dippers, winter wrens, and owls.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Aptos

The nearest airport is in Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC), located 27.2 mi (43.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), which is 6.8 mi (11 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Aptos?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now that's a vacation. It's time to pack your suitcase and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Aptos:

  • Make use of handy amenities like a fenced yard and a stovetop at "Beach Lovers Retreat". Situated around 6 miles from Aptos, this property has 2 bedrooms and is a hit with guests.
  • Alternatively, make your home away from home at "Fantastic Views, Beach Front Condo". Around 5 miles from the heart of Aptos, it has 2 bedrooms and features a dryer and coffee and tea making facilities.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Aptos vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Aptos?

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at one of our weekend getaways in or near Aptos. Whether you'd like to catch up with friends or spend treasured time with your love, there'll be something to suit your style. Here are a few places we think you'll love:

  • Find some peace at "Beachfront Condo With Amazing Views". Located about 10 miles to the south of Aptos, this retreat has all you need for a relaxing stay, including free toiletries and a washing machine.
  • "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom" is another excellent option to consider. It's located 6 miles to the south of Aptos and comes with a barbecue grill, coffee and tea making facilities and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Aptos?

Studio apartments are a simple yet stylish option, perfectly suited for couples or solo adventurers. Spend your days familiarizing yourself with the area and your nights resting up in your cozy hideaway. These getaways in or near Aptos are sure to please:

  • Get away on your own or take a few pals to "Shangrila Pajaro Dunes Ocean Front Condo Between Santa Cruz And Monterey". You'll have loads of amenities at your disposal, including a washing machine and outdoor furniture.
  • Or, use "Ocean Front Condo With Wonderful 180 Degree View From Santa Cruz To Monterey" as a base to explore the best attractions around you. This comfy stay comes with a water view, an ice maker and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Aptos?

Whether you're chasing a simple cabin or a house with room enough for the whole family, you'll find the ideal place on Vrbo. Treat yourself to a mini break at one of these favorite picks in or near Aptos:

  • If you only need to stay a night or two, "Charming And Private Santa Cruz Cottage 3 Blocks From The Beach" is an excellent choice. It's not far from the center of Aptos, so you'll have easy access to all the top sights.
  • Another awesome option is "Delightfully Remodeled Beach Cottage With Ocean Views". Gather your favorite people and enjoy a comfortable stay near the heart of Aptos.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Aptos?

Forget roses and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is to get away for a weekend, just you and your sweetie. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Aptos that would make even Cupid swoon. Here are some we think you'll be enamored with:

  • Put on some soothing music and kick back together at "Beach Lovers Retreat". Around 6 miles from Aptos, this property has everything you could want for a romantic weekend getaway, including a fireplace and a dining table.
  • Otherwise, spend a few days drinking wine and canoodling at "Fantastic Views, Beach Front Condo", around 5 miles from Aptos. A balcony and a dining table will help set the mood.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Aptos?

Big groups mean a whole lot of fun. They also mean finding someplace that'll easily fit your whole gang. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Aptos and get your loved ones together under one roof:

  • Offering privacy, space and comfort, you'll get your guests' seal of approval at "Sweeping Ocean Views. . . Steps From Sandy Beaches". Up to 12 people can be accommodated at this retreat which has 4 bedrooms, a beach view and a water view. This top pick is around 7 miles to the southwest of Aptos.
  • Invite up to 14 of your best friends to "Villa De Las Palmas - Walking Distance To Santa Cruz's Best" and fill its spaces with love and laughter. This popular option has 6 bedrooms and is around 9 miles to the west of Aptos. It's crammed with features to keep your large group happy and comfortable, including a garden and a kitchen.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Aptos?

Nothing says fun times like a pool does. Pull out your inflatable unicorn and check out these rental houses in or near Aptos that come with this added perk: Not sure what the weather is like in Aptos? It has a mediterranean climate, with average temperatures in summer ranging from 55 ºF to 75 ºF. If you're after a little more inspiration on places to stay in this popular destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to check out our entire range of Aptos vacation rentals.

  • Pack your swimming gear and book a few days at "At The Beach Insanely Great Beach House". There are also lots of other appealing amenities here, including a toaster and a nearby laundromat.
  • Otherwise, unpack your bags at "Cool Off And Relax @ 26th Ave Beach House". As well as its inviting pool, you can also make use of a TV and on-site watersports.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Aptos?

A family get-together should be a memorable one. Whether you're planning a fun escape with the kids or a long-overdue family reunion, our large family vacation rentals in or near Aptos offer a comfy home away from home with plenty of space for everyone:

  • Sleeping as many as 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom" is the ideal place to vacation with the family. This top-rated retreat is 6 miles to the south of Aptos and has amenities such as free toiletries and a barbecue grill.
  • Another popular choice is "Want To Get Away But Not Ready To Get On A Plane". This property is 7 miles southwest of Aptos and features a separate dining area, a dining table and more. With 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 8 people, there's no need to leave anyone off your invitation list.

If you want to sightsee, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby to add to your to-do list. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Pacific Avenue are great places to start.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Aptos?

Cozy up with your kiddos in a family cabin rental in or near Aptos and get set to make some unforgettable new memories together. Here are some we think you'll love:

  • "Cabin - Modern - Rustic Mountain Getaway With Cozy Features" - Around 12 miles northwest of the center of Aptos, this family-friendly getaway comes with a DVD player and a barbecue grill.
  • "Bear Creek Cabin 100% Secluded Disinfected Refuge" - Gather up the troops and spend a few nights at this welcoming rental, which is around 16 miles to the northwest of Aptos. You'll have access to a barbecue grill, nearby birdwatching activities and a whole lot more.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Aptos vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Aptos?

Idyllic romantic getaways, business trips or solo adventures — a single-bedroom vacation rental suits a multitude of occasions. One of our options in or near Aptos is sure to fit the bill:

  • Consider "Guest House And Private Room On Vineyard", a great centrally located one-bedroom property. A garden and a swimming pool are just two of the amenities here.
  • "Relax And Unwind Minutes From The Beach" is another comfy one-bedroom escape also not far from the center. When you're not out exploring the area, make the most of a garden and a nearby beach.