Surf, sunbathe, fish, and whale-watch on the wide, sandy beach of Rio Del Mar, an oceanfront community on the northern shores of Monterey Bay. You'll fall into the easy lifestyle of the Central California Coast as you explore the natural beauties of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, and find a welcoming home each evening in one of our Rio Del Mar vacation rentals.
The unincorporated community of Rio Del Mar sits in the lower reaches of Santa Cruz County, where it is bordered by Monterey Bay to the west, California Highway 1 to the east, Aptos to the north, and La Selva Beach to the south. Its 9,200 residents are never far from the sun-splashed boardwalk in Santa Cruz 10 miles west and the world-famous aquarium in Monterey 35 miles south.
Every trip to our Rio Del Mar vacation homes begins and ends on the beach, whether you're basking in the summer sun or watching the gray whale migration in winter and early spring.
There's room for the entire family (including leashed dogs) on the sandy stretch of Rio Del Mar State Beach, where you can swim under the watchful eye of summer lifeguards or take a walk to glimpse the wreck of the SS Palo Alto, a World War I-era tanker that sits across Aptos Creek to the north.
Book a tee time to play 18 holes on the gorgeous fairways of Seascape Golf Club, treat your kids to a day on the slides at Hidden Beach Park and Playground, or hop in the car to ride the Giant Dipper and the century-old Looff Carousel on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to the west.
The best of the Central California Coast is within minutes of our Rio Del Mar vacation rentals - book your unforgettable stay today!
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