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 high chairs for kids and kitchens. Prices start at $135 per night, and villas and cabins 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 Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), located 6.8 mi (11 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal), which is 26.6 mi (42.8 km) away.

What is the best area to stay in Aptos when booking a vacation rental?

Rio del Mar is among the more sought-after locations for a vacation property in Aptos. Spend your stay here and delight in the comfort and privacy that comes with having the entire place to yourself.

How many vacation rentals are in Aptos?

Whether you're looking for a condo, cabin or something else, choosing a Vrbo vacation rental means you'll always have the entire property to yourself — no sharing with strangers. Our current selection of vacation rentals in Aptos is ${propertiesCount}.

What is the most popular type of vacation rental accommodation in Aptos?

Based on our research, houses are the most sought-after property type in Aptos. But having said that, everyone's idea of an awesome stay can vary. Vrbo has vacation rentals of all sizes and shapes, and we'll help you to find your perfect match.

How much does it cost to rent a vacation rental in Aptos?

A range of factors influence what you'll pay for a vacation rental in Aptos, including the season, type of property and length of stay. But, all of our vacation homes have one thing in common — unbeatable value. Just add your travel dates to find your perfect match.

How much does it cost to rent a beach house in Aptos?

The average price for a vacation rental close to the beach in Aptos will depend on when you'll be there and the size and type of property you want. Find prices easily on Vrbo by entering your destination and travel dates. Then use our filters to pick the number of bedrooms and amenities important to you, such as air conditioning, WiFi and a pool.

Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Aptos?

With 149 vacation rentals that host pets, your furry companion can join in the fun on your Aptos vacation. Use our filter tool to browse our pet-friendly vacation rentals and find the pawfect pad on Vrbo.

Can I rent a house with a pool in Aptos?

Pack your swimming gear and inflatable lounger, because there are 44 houses with a private pool in Aptos. Make a booking at one of these superb vacation homes and make every day a pool day. Simply enter your travel dates into Vrbo, then check the 'pool' filter to find a place to make a splash!

What are popular rental amenities in Aptos?

Some of the most popular rental amenities people look for in Aptos are a barbecue grill, an electric car charging station and an ocean view. Whether you're traveling with family, buddies or even pets, Vrbo vacation rentals provide the best amenities for ultimate relaxation with the people that matter most.

Are there large group vacation rentals in Aptos?

You'll find eight vacation rentals in Aptos that can host 10 or more people. Whether you're planning time away with the family or a special event like a birthday party, there's ample room to get your favorite people together under the same roof.

Are there vacation rentals in Aptos that welcome kids?

Gather the whole crew for an epic adventure in Aptos at one of our 148 family-friendly vacation rentals. A lot of these stays provide conveniences that are just perfect for getaways with children, like dining rooms, bunk beds and outdoor spaces. Simply check the "Properties good for families" filter and decide on your favorite.