Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Aptos, California - Updated 2024

Aarti
Aarti 
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Nestled on the Monterey Bay, Aptos is just a few miles away from Santa Cruz. The town is home to beautiful beaches, where you can relax and take in the sunset views over the Pacific Ocean. Seacliff State beach is a popular spot in the town for fishing and swimming, while Rio Del Mar is a family-friendly beach. The town also has plenty of parks and green spaces, which makes it a must visit for nature lovers. For those interested in learning more about the town can drop by Aptos History Museum. It is brimming with photos and artifacts dating back centuries. The town also offers great world-class accommodations. Read on to find out the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Aptos, California.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 23, 2024.

1. Elegant house with stunning ocean views (from USD 199)

Just a hop, skip and jump away from the beach, this house has plenty of room for socializing, and two peaceful bedrooms to rest your head after a fun day in the sand. The living room is light and airy, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.

For your entertainment, there’s a HDTV with DVD player and a good sound system. Whip up a delicious meal in the full kitchen and enjoy it on the sun-trap deck while taking in the ocean views.

Stayed at this property?
Aptos, California, United States
10.49 km (6.6 mi) from The Mystery Spot
600 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view from the living room was breathtaking
amazing view very comfortable condo
spent most our time whale watching from the balcony amazing apartment more then our expectation
great place to stay lots of room and terrific views
nice hike to sea scape resort for breakfast or lunch
Cleanliness:
the condo was very clean and decorated nicely
very clean with comfortable beds great for two couples
the condo was very clean and felt very bright and updated
it is very clean
clean place super easy check-in
Host:
sundeep was very responsive when we contacted him with questions and a maintenance concern
comfortable beds too great host
thank you for hosting us
owner(s) seemed very nice & sincere
we enjoyed our stay and rama was very responsive
Location:
great location and cute town to explore
this place is in a great location close to everything
it's a perfect location
it is fun being close to the cement ship and miles of beach to walk
a good food store and wine shop are a quick drive away
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2. Peaceful house with a patio (from USD 431)

Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this three-bedroom house can sleep up to six people. It has a bright and light-filled, open-plan kitchen and living area, perfect for whipping up a meal and socializing at the same time. There are floor-to-ceiling windows throughout that let the outdoors in, while the outdoor patio is the perfect, peaceful spot for a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine.

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Aptos, California, United States
7.72 km (4.8 mi) from The Mystery Spot
473 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Treehouse 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views are breathtaking and the amenities are modern and comfortable
super comfortable fully stocked with all the amenities
super comfortable check in was a breeze and the view and environment was just
what an amazing place to stay beautiful views and welcoming/comfortable home
we had a dinner for 6 and were super comfortable
Cleanliness:
the space was clean and spotless when we arrived
great experience very clean and beautiful
felt super clean (even during covid)
it was great to be in a place that had obviously been extra thoroughly cleaned
inside of the house is super clean well organized and comfortable
Host:
the hosts were great
our hosts were responsive and accommodating
the host was great to give some local food recommendations
janiece was a great host
amazing treehouse experience the host was so generous and hospitable
Location:
great location close to hiking trails
location was great ~10mins drive from santa cruz / beach
i loved that the house was close to parks
for everyone looking to book this listing it is located in the perfect location
if you want a romantic getaway in a fantastic location this is the place
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3. El Nido (from USD 133)

Traveling in three? This Airbnb provides you with one bedroom and one bathroom, along with several other amenities to ensure you stay comfortably and happily over here. The living area features comfy sofa, which is a great spot to curl up with a book, watch TV, or simply relax after a day exploring the town.

There’s also an open backyard, where you can fire up the barbecue for an alfresco feast. If you wish to soak the sun and salt, there are several beaches nearby.

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Aptos, California, United States
13.8 km (8.6 mi) from The Mystery Spot
379 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is so cozy and charming with colorful art and well stocked with thoughtful amenities
the bedding was very comfortable
bed was extremely comfortable with luxurious linens tranquil setting very near beaches and amenities
very comfortable and nicely set up
we felt really comfortable during our stay and we plan on visiting again in the future
Cleanliness:
appreciated the cleanliness and quiet sleep i had while there
it was spotlessly clean and in a quiet neighborhood
the place is pretty smelled great was clean and very comfortable
everything went great this unit was clean and comfortable and well decorated
very clean and comfortable great location
Host:
wonderful host highly recommended
chris is an awesome host always very friendly and quick to respond to any questions
chris was a generous and friendly host
and chris is a fabulous host
truly a super host the home is very cute and comfortable
Location:
her place was super cute & comfortable
the location in aptos is great close to the beach and a short drive to santa cruz
great location to get to the beach and for a hike
for our purposes i think the location ended up being really perfect
chris' place was perfect for us
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4. Zen Living (from USD 384)

Zen Living, hosted by Barbara, is a fully functional residential home, which is just a five-minute walk away from the beach. You can enjoy the calm and soothing sound of ocean waves along with the gorgeous views from the balcony. This home is perfect for a family or group of up to eight people. It has three bedrooms, a full kitchen with barbecue utensils, and a backyard for alfresco dinner.

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Aptos, California, United States
8.92 km (5.6 mi) from The Mystery Spot
189 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 7 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

5. Seacliff Beach Bungalow (from USD 243)

An iconic beach house, this rental is equipped with two bedrooms and a full bathroom. They offer their guests an umbrella, beach chairs, and other useful accessories for the beach. There’s also an outdoor shower area that you can make use of after spending a fun day at the beach. You can also spend lovely evenings on the deck, reading a book, or just walk around the garden soaking up some sunshine.

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Aptos, California, United States
9.04 km (5.7 mi) from The Mystery Spot
196 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great for families as they have an outdoor shower access to boogie boards beach chairs
Cleanliness:
space is clean and cozy
it was very clean and great communication with michelle
it was very clean and lines felt very luxurious
beds were extremely comfortable and the place was perfectly clean
the home was clean and perfect for our family
Host:
the host is also fantastic
michelle was a great host and made our stay very easy for being first time airbnb users
it is just steps from the beach and host provided many thoughtful local recommendations
michelle was a very considerate host and made sure the house was stocked with the essentials
the place is immaculate and has been given nice touches by the owner
Location:
it's a great location
the house was cute and close to the beach
great location cute bungalow walking distance to: the beach restaurants skate park/playground gas station and shopping centers
great location blocks from the beach
it is very cute close to shops and the beach
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6. Ohana (from USD 169)

Do you want to enjoy a romantic time during your stay in Aptos? This home, hosted by Kevin and Linda, is the ultimate destination to settle down. This property is situated in a tranquil neighborhood and comes with ample amenities. There’s a huge outdoor space, where you can relax in the hot tub during the day and snuggle up by the fire pit at night.

It also has an outdoor kitchen with everything you need to whip something up. Inside, you’ll find one queen-size bed, a coffee maker, a smart TV, and a half bath. Adventurers can go for kayaking and surfing at the beach, which is just a 15-minute walk away.

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Aptos, California, United States
8.21 km (5.2 mi) from The Mystery Spot
709 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

7. Cozy room equipped with mod cons

Particularly for the ones traveling solo or in a couple, this Airbnb comes with a double bed and a single bathroom. The kitchen is spacious and it leads to a courtyard garden. There’s a large list of amenities being offered at this lovely Airbnb, including a smart TV with Alexa, a fridge a microwave, and a washing machine, among others.

Kitchen essentials with groceries and spices are kept inside the cabinets so you can cook whatever you feel like. Enjoy serene and lovely views of the beach right from your bedroom.

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10.03 km (6.3 mi) from The Mystery Spot
53 reviews  
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

8. One-bedroom cottage for couples

This cottage is perfect for couples as it can accommodate a maximum of two guests in its one bedroom. It has a full kitchen, a living area with a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. There’s a rear patio equipped with two chairs and a small table, where you can enjoy your coffee/tea while catching those early morning rays.

If you are traveling by your vehicle, you need not worry about parking as they offer free parking on-premises. Also, if you are planning for long-term stays, the hosts of the property will ensure all your needs are met.

Stayed at this property?
Aptos, California, United States
8.7 km (5.5 mi) from The Mystery Spot
168 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

9. Beautiful home with a hot tub

This centrally located apartment comes with one queen-size bed and one single bed, therefore can comfortably sleep up to three people. After a day at the beach, which is just a short walk away, you can wash off the sand at the apartment’s outdoor shower. There’s a patio, where you can relax and soak up some rays. For further relaxation, slink into the hot tub and take in the views of the dense forest around you.

Various facilities are being offered to guests such as a flat-screen TV, a first-aid kit, and a barbecue grill. A fully functional kitchen with all the utensils is also offered to ensure you never go to bed hungry.

Stayed at this property?
Aptos, California, United States
9.83 km (6.2 mi) from The Mystery Spot
601 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
however there is a patio with table and chairs outdoor so you can really enjoy the wood
tawnya’s tree hideaway was a sweet off-the-beaten-path cozy romantic suite
the treehouse room was cozy and had one of the most comfortable couch beds i’ve ever seen
the bed was suuuuper comfortable and the space was very cozy and cute
bed was super comfy
Cleanliness:
very clean and nice to stay at
the place was really quiet clean and nice
the space is very clean with stylish and friendly touches
the hot tub was super clean and maintained
this place was incredibly clean
Host:
tanya and jason are great hosts
place was amazing and host was great
the host's were very friendly and helpful
great hosts and great experience all around
both her and her husband are also incredibly kind and accommodating
Location:
great place and great location hottub is a big plus
it's a great location tucked away in the forest
great location close to many beautiful places to visit
beautiful place great location
its just far enough out to feel remote but super close to a safeway and other businesses
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10. One-bedroom apartment with a balcony

Suitable for up to three people, this apartment has a vibrant color scheme and bohemian touches, which makes it aesthetically pleasing. To keep you entertained, there are board games, puzzles, and a TV with Hulu and Netflix access.

You can prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy them at the window-side table or on the balcony while taking in the ocean views. If you are traveling with a baby, travel cot and high chair are available for your convenience.

Stayed at this property?
Aptos, California, United States
9.12 km (5.7 mi) from The Mystery Spot
242 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Soak up the coastal vibe of Aptos

Filled with great outdoor attractions, this town in California has everything you need to refresh your soul, mind and body. Plan your visit here by choosing from any of these top Airbnb vacation rentals in Aptos, California.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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Born in Mumbai and brought up in Bangalore, India, Aarti is a full-time freelance writer by profession. She is a lover of everything the ‘blue dot’ offers—world cultures, off-the-beaten tracks,...Read more

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