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Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

3 Full baths

Description from owner

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 7349983

About the area

Close to down town Santa Cruz and the Boardwalk. Tons of shopping, restaurants, movies. Surfing, biking, kayaking.

Owner profile

Laura A.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English


Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $500.00
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Sea view
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 3 Full baths

Reviews (11)

Excellent – based on 11 reviews Excellent
11 reviews

“50th Birthday Celebration”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2016

We enjoyed our stay very much. The home was just lovely...so clean and very comfortably appointed and decorated. The back living room was an unexpected surprise and perfect for our get together for my husband's 50th birthday celebration. There seems to be a place for everything and everything in its place. We enjoyed the second floor deck very much and watch as wales spouted, sea otters played and sharks showed themselves in the warm shore waters. This was our first time renting a home at the beach and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful beach house. Will definitely rent this home again!

“A wonderful week1”

Reviewed 22 Jul 2012

The house was very comfortable and had all the amenities. The location is perfect. We saw dolphins, seals; and peligans hunting everyday. We would stay there again without a second thought.

“Wine and Whales”

Reviewed 13 Apr 2010

We have had the pleasure of staying at this beach front home during all four seasons, each giving us a new and exciting experience. The home is well maintained, beautiful and is walking distance to everything you may want to do or need, including a wonderful restaurant called Cafe Rio. Our favorite spot is the 2nd deck where we love to open a bottle of wine and view the whales and dolphins. Bring your binoculars! We have been with lots of family and by ourselves and have always been comfortable.

“Best 3 Day Retreat EVER!!!!!”

Reviewed 4 Jan 2010

I have had the wonderful opportunity to have stayed at this beach house two different occassions - once in the summer and this past time in right before New Years - both times have been amazing. Each time was with family and friends and it was perfect! The house is set up to be cozy and inviting and there is always something to do. The beach is right out the front door - there is a wonderful second floor balcony that overlooks the beach - a great room with movies and games. You want for nothing! This past stay, I had kids asking me if we could stay longer! You will not be disappoined staying at 393 Beach Drive!!!!!! Dawn Hale-Miller

“Fantastic place to spend Christmas”

Reviewed 27 Dec 2009

Ages from 5 to 81 and all agree that this beach home is wonderful. Lots of amenities and space to separate yourself from group if you want to read or be alone. The family room was a great place for the younger people to hang out when not on the beach collecting treasures and digging in the sand. The protected balcony is a great place to use telescope, drink coffee, watch the sun go down or just sit and relax. Master bath was a big hit with grand daughters as the tub has a Jacuzzi and that made their day. Plenty of bathroom facilities for large family. The home is decorated with a loving touch, all rooms have great pictures and treasures. Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas Donna Jones San Jose

“Great Location/ Great Beach House”

Reviewed 9 Nov 2009

This beach house is perfect for a wonderful vacation by week or weekend. It's very clean, well stocked with all supples a family needs. Great location across the beach. We have stayed at five other beach houses on Beach Drive(some at more of a cost) and this one is superior to all others. The layout is wonderful. You even have a card table for those who want to play cards or games. The deck is wonderful as you overlook the beach. The master bathroom is gorgeous. We are going back to this one; we won't try any others. We found the perfect beach house! Thank you for sharing it with us, Linda Mohr

“Fabulous Beach Paradise!”

Reviewed 23 Sep 2009

We escaped to this fabulous beach house for a family celebration & we were all thrilled with the house. It is not only beautiful but it is comfortable and just steps from the beach!! We watched the dolphins from the upstairs deck! AMAZING!! We loved the cobble rock fireplace. We even enjoyed a fire on the beach!

“Labor Day Birthday Fun!”

Reviewed 11 Sep 2009

This beach house is absolutely fantastic! Layout is great-I also liked the family room separate from the kitchen area-gave the teens some place to "hang" and the tile floors make for easy cleaning of the sand! Decor is darling-a lot of special touches that I have in my own home! Hope to stay again sometime.

“fun in the sun at best beach”

Reviewed 5 Jul 2009

Wonderful location and view at the great Rio Del Mar beach. Once you get here the home has everything and the back yard is great for bbq and hosing off. Having a living room and a seperate family room gives kids and adults their own space and the 3 baths help too. The second floor deck is shielded from the wind and is great for coffee and relaxing with a great book. The home is very cute and clean and the owners have put in extras to make your stay very special. This beach has life Guards and fun bonfires. Also can walk to deli and restaurant. Being steps from such a long stretch of beautiful beach is priceless. Hope to return again next year.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

From Carolyn H.

Comfortable Home in an Excellent Location
We had a very pleasant stay at this vacation rental and, for the price, the location could not be better. It was very comfortable for two small families and one couple. Rio Del Mar is one of the best beaches in the Santa Cruz area and the home was just across the street with a 180 degree view of the beach. We enjoyed watching the sunsets from the balcony. Parking was easy. We also found a well-stocked kitchen to cook meals at the house. Definitely very accommodating for families.

The owner was also very professional and prompt with her responses and felt that all of our needs were more than met. We would not hesitate to make a future booking and hope to do so again very soon.
Stayed: May 2016Submitted: May 17, 2016

Recommended for: Families with young children, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

From Bonnie

Great house !
We stayed at this house for a few nights to celebrate a birthday and loved the house! First of all it was spotless. It is right on the ocean and had a variety of sleeping spaces and gathering spaces. The kitchen was well-stocked with every dish & pot you might need. Very comfortable and cozy.
Stayed: March 2016Submitted: March 28, 2016

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

From Anonymous

Thanksgiving at the Beach!
Our extended family spent a fantastic holiday at this beach house! The house is very comfortable for a large group and yet cozy for a small one - as our numbers varied over the long weekend. The kitchen is extremely well-equipped, even for a Thanksgiving meal. Ranging in ages from 12 to 70, the members of our group loved the house and its location. My husband and I actually live on the cliff just above the house, and it was a treat to spend time right at the beach. Although the street runs in front of the house, it is not noisy and does not have fast traffic. The beach is literally steps away, and clearly visible from the plentiful windows of the house. Having three bedrooms and baths makes the house great for both small and large groups. The decor is lovely and everything is very clean and in very good condition. The homeowner was extremely helpful and responsive. Our Thanksgiving was very memorable, and this house played a big part in making it so!
Stayed: November 2015Submitted: December 31, 2015

Recommended for: Families with young children, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

From Anonymous

Great place!
Enjoyed a wonderful weekend with friends and family. Beyond the beautiful accommodations, this house offers a nice kitchen and outdoor grill area for cooking, stocked with all of the utensils, appliances and cookware one might need. We were here in May and enjoyed watching dolphins/porpoises and whales very close to the shore. I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a relaxing beach getaway.
Stayed: May 2015Submitted: May 13, 2015

Paradiso Family
Sacramento, CA
Best Time Ever
My family and I spent the weekend here and had an amazing time. The house was cozy, the beds were as comfortable as those at a high-class hotel and the view felt like a dream. I highly recommend this vacation home. If you are worried about being on a road, don't be. Very little traffic, nice neighbors and nothing but incredible memories to take with you.

Stayed: January 2015Submitted: February 17, 2015

Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

From Anonymous

Fantastic place to spend with family. Love it every year.
Marvelous accommodations, great weather, exciting beach activities and close to shopping. Can't wait to sign up for next year,

Stayed: May 2014Submitted: June 2, 2014

Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers

Great place for families
We went to this beach house for a quick get away with my two teenage daughter and friends. The place was perfect for us. The view and location is ideal! We spent two of the nights eating dinner at home and happen to see dolphins and whales! It was awesome. One night we went to dinner at Cafe Rio, which is walking distance from the house and it was delicious. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. And we will be back again.

Stayed: April 2014Submitted: April 22, 2014

Recommended for: Families with young children, Girls getaway, Families with teenagers

Leslie R.
By The Sea!
My family totally enjoys this home! We have stayed here at least four times. My kids and grandchildren love to be at the beach. We just stayed a week at Thanksgiving. The house is well furnished and comfortable and the turkey turned out good too! The upstairs patio is a great place to be at sunset! The owners are very easy to work with too!

Stayed: November 2013Submitted: December 6, 2013

Recommended for: Families with young children, Girls getaway, Age 55+, Families with teenagers