Top 10 Vacation Rentals In Aptos, California, USA - Updated 2021

vacation rentals in aptos ca

Unlock the charm and beauty of the quaint seaside town of Aptos. The everchanging sceneries and breathtaking landscapes form the backdrop for a tranquil beach escape with your friend and family. Aptos is also a nature lovers paradise as travellers can marvel at the grandeur of the mountains or hike out to the redwood forest and enjoy the serenity of the sounds and sights of nature which surround you. Aptos, however, is best known for being a beach getaway for locals and travellers as the town is characterised by a seemingly endless coastline lapped by the warm waters of the ocean. Travellers can bask in the sun during the day and can take strolls along the beach in the evening while soaking in the sky as it bursts into warm sunset hues. Treat yourself to a well-deserved beach escape by booking a stay at any of these top vacation rentals near Aptos, California, USA today.

1. Beautiful seaside studio (from USD 134)

Escape the crowds and ease into the relaxed pace of this seaside villa which can perfectly accommodate up to three guests. The apartment has been quaintly furnished to make guests feel right at home and enjoy panoramic views of Monterey Bay. Guests have access to the uncrowded beach where they can create endless hours of sunkissed memories. Enjoy your morning coffee in the stunning patio which also boasts a beautiful garden which attracts the attention of the local birdlife who frequently visit. Guests are encouraged to explore the natural beauty by going on hiking trails and bike trails which are located close by.

Seascape Garden Studio Minutes From Ocean Or Redwoods
125 reviews
townhome 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
It was wonderful to fall into a comfortable bed and enjoy the quiet after driving for hours
Closet space is limited and a second closet has been adapted for kitchen use
That requires using the bathroom when needing a sink but not a significant issue
The bed was extremely comfortable
The room was a good size for the two of us
Comfortable bed and large bath
It was centrally located to both the beach and the woods
Bryanna was a terrific host and was great in communicating with us before our arrival
She was accommodating to our schedule both at check in and check out
Bryana is the perfect host and could not have been more helpful
My hosts are very nice people who made me feel at home Would return again
Bryana was a wonderful host
There is a small shopping center within walking distance that had some restaurants a grocery store and some shops
The location was a block from the beach as advertised
Bryana was very accommodating and welcoming Place is perfectly located to access beaches too Thank you for everything
The private garden is a real delight And only minutes from several beaches and quiet communities with restaurants shopping
We enjoyed our stay Loved that it was walking distance to the beach and the little village shopping center
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2. Charming vacation home for four guests (from USD 300)

Furnished for the ease and comfort of the visiting guests, this charming vacation home can sleep up to four guests. The house is teeming with charm and character and has facilities to keep guests of all ages entertained. Guests will be delighted to know that the apartment is located close to many of the local hotspots and amenities like the secluded beach, stores, cafes, restaurants and much more. Treat yourself to well-deserved escape.

500 feet from the ocean, 500 feet from the river
88 reviews
House 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
No toiletries like a small bar of soap provided The vent hood in bathroom
The master bed was fully made though
was the best part Comfortable beds and the Harry Potter closet was the kids
My favorite spot was the picnic table on the balcony which is right off the kitchen & living area
Downstairs smells moldy in the queen
The house was very clean and perfect for my family of 4
the place was cute loved the washer and dryer and recommendations
The house was clean and well taken care of
Deck nice for sitting outdoors
We also appreciated all the information given to us from the owner regarding the location and things to do nearby
Very nice say by the beach
We love how clean and orderly
We love this area of Aptos
We loved being able to just walk everywhere
It is in a great location Close to the beach as well as a coffee shop and a few other eateries
A very cute quant property 2 blocks from ocean Would recommend
Good location (loved beach access and convenience of local restaurants not crazy about motel across the street) comfortable accommodations
Very clean comfortable and in a great location by some of the best beaches Seacliff and New Brighton
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3. House by the sea (from USD 222)

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beach home which can accommodate up to six guests. The vacation home has a fully furnished kitchen where guests are encouraged to create hearty meals before enjoying it in the spacious dining room. The large windows and doors of the apartment allow natural light to filter through the apartment which compliments the fresh and welcoming ambience. There is a selection of local attractions which guests are encouraged to visit like the redwoods in Nisene Marks State Park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalks and for day trip ideas be sure to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium which is 45 minutes’ away.

Happy House by the Sea
204 reviews
cottage 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The house is quaint and has everything you need It could use updating of living room furniture to make it more comfortable The king size bed is super comfy and it was quiet
but someone always needed to "hold down the fort
-In down the street
The home is small but very good use of space
We did learn to open the place to cool it down in the daytime as it gets warm
The house was very clean and quiet
The cottage is cute clean and the perfect size for us
We used the patio for grilling one night and the rather old Weber made some mighty good food As the family cook
the rest of the menu had great variety of healthy food
Interesting history about the cement ship that I'd never known before even growing up going to that beach
it was perfect for us family of three plus the dog
Loved the gas fireplace that gave atmosphere and good warmth at the flick of a switch
Great restaurants across the street and a quick stroll to one of the best beaches in Santa Cruz
The only issue was my son seemed to be allergic to something in the house
It's walking distance to the beach restaurants and grocery stores
just a five minute walk
That was a bit of a bummer
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4. Delightful family-friendly home (from USD 350)

Take a break and ease into the relaxed pace of this vacation home which can sleep up to five guests. The apartment has been furnished and equipped with all the creature comforts one would need for a memorable stay. Each of the rooms has been quaintly furnished and features a large private outdoor yard where guests can relax after a long day of exploring the attractions near the home. There is also a barbeque facility in the back yard for guests to use. Take a stroll to the beach and enjoy the stunning sunsets on offer or frolic in the warm water on a summers day. There are a selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from should you not wish to cook and guests have access to the on-site pool.

Seascape Mediterranean Charm
55 reviews
townhome 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The shower is very high-pressure
Plenty of room for two couples
We especially enjoyed the free standing fireplace as it was cold and rainy a couple of days during our stay
and we had plenty of room to have a cookout
The owners thought of everything for indoor entertaining and comfort to outdoor relaxing and beach equipment
The modem had gotten unplugged before our arrival and when I emailed Chris about not finding the wifi available
the nearby grocery store was so handy
have drop-in available and their pros are very welcoming to guests
I have family in the area
he got back with me quickly on what the problem might be (and was)
The backyard area is really great
Liked how convenient this was to Seascape Village restaurants and convenience stores
Great location being only 2 blocks to the beach
The walk to the beach was on a paved walkway and was an easy walk
Every day after our excursions we ended it if a few games
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5. Luxury family home (from USD 278)

Luxury and elegance await the guests who choose to make this vacation rental their home away from home. The apartment has been furnished with impeccable taste to transport guests into a world of rest. Best suited for up to eight guests, the vacation home is ideal for that family getaway or friends retreat. The property is a short walk from the beach. The house features a large kitchen which has been fully furnished for usage and an open plan dining and living room where natural light filters through to give that fresh and vibrant atmosphere.

Great for the entire family!
Aptos, CA, US
15 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
conversation in one room and game in the other
that was only 6 beds
the kitchen was open, pleasantly stocked and also comfortable
upstairs is light and airy, downstairs room is cozy
steep-ish climb? yes
the house was clean, and furnished nicely
clean and well stocked
it was clean, airy, comfortable
the bedrooms and bathrooms were great, and all were downstairs with the den while the kitchen, dining and communal rooms were upstairs
great balcony! clean and cozy
house was great for a small family reunion
unfortunately, they said they were not able to do anything that weekend so we moved the kids to sleep on the sofas and proceeded to wash all their clothing and clean their personal belonging so we ...
the property management was really nice and friendly
unfortunately, this is definitely one of those
i did call the office to complain after we cleaned up and they offered to send a crew, but we had already done it
nice location and quiet
perfect location close to everything
quaint quiet neighborhood with a short walk to the beach
loved the path to the beach
close access to beach, well appointed
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6. Classic beach house (from USD 350)

Enjoy the space and comfort of this vacation home which enjoys a lot of light. Guests can enjoy little pockets of relaxation around the house. Read a book on the hammock in the backyard, drink a cup of coffee in the outdoor patio while you listen to the birds sing, kick off your shoes and relax in the living room or enjoy a game of bocce ball. Guests are a short walk from Seacliff State Beach. The beach house can accommodate up to eight guests.

Classic Beach House - Walk to Seacliff Beach
127 reviews
cottage 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Plenty of room comfortable beds
The binder left on the kitchen counter
It was also so nice to have a fully stocked kitchen towels
Everything you need to feel comfortable while visiting the Santa Cruz area
I was expecting the House to be nice
Everything was neat and clean and comfortable
everything was very clean and accessible
Great location neat and clean with everything you need
The house is clean and everything is updated and good quality
excellent beds were very comfortable (best of our vacation)
Colm was great to communicate with and he made everything smooth and easy
The patio with the hammock and bocce ball court is amazing
to beach and bikes boards games etc all available at house
Loved having two patio areas
provided all the information we needed and more to enjoy our trip to Aptos
Great location on a very quiet street
A great beach house within walking distance of a beautiful beach
We enjoyed the 10 min walk to the beach and the bocce ball in the backyard
The Kennedy Beach house is remarkable
Wonderful tidy cottage just a 10-minute walk from the beach on a quiet street Fully equipped Everything worked beautifully
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7. Treehouse for two guests (from USD 132)

Experience the peace and solitude of this vacation home which is a modern-day treehouse and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Surrounded by lush, towering trees, this is the ideal getaway for the guests who wish to escape the busyness of their everyday lifestyle. The home has been elegantly furnished transporting guests into a world of serenity and tranquillity. Relax out on the large deck and listen to the birds as they sing in the trees while the sun peaks through the leaves. Even though you are surrounded by nature, guests will be delighted to know that they are not too far from downtown where they can find a selection of stores, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and much more.

Redwood "Tree House" Studio in Aptos
Aptos, California, United States
384 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi worked excellent
the patio teak table set and lounge chairs are perfect for staying outdoors and eating a meal together
lots of natural light and has a really cozy comfortable feel
breakfast and dinner on the deck amongst the trees was delightful
the bed was comfortable the shower water pressure was unexpectedly strong and the coffee/tea choices were abundant
everything was clean and well described
the place was very clean and relaxing
very clean trendy all around lovely spot
the place is clean and cozy and laura was responsive to our questions
laura was a wonderful host and a great communicator
great place and great hosts
she was very communicative and check in was easy and flexible
laura is an amazing host she rapidly responds to texts and answers any questions you have right away
the owners were very helpful with directions since it is kinda hard to find but totally worth it
great location and a really cute place
this is a unique studio located in an amazing location
we loved the location
very close to santa cruz and within easy driving distance to monterey
excellent place in a perfect spot near many attractions
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8. Ocean-view apartment (from USD 442)

Opulence and comfort await the guests who choose to book a stay at this vacation home which can accommodate up to four guests. Guests will be greeted by sweeping views of the ocean which will captivate their hearts and lure them into endless hours staring at the tranquillity of the scenery. Wake up to the sounds of the crashing waves and at night gaze upon the starry sky as the moon reflects off the water. The home has been impeccably furnished with attention to detail and state of the art appliances.

Modern Ocean View 2 BD w Parking.
Aptos, California, United States
423 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 2 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
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
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
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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9. Nature's getaway (from USD 169)

Book a stay at this log cabin in the woods surrounded by the serenity of the natural beauty. The vacation cabin can accommodate up to three guests and is centrally located to many of the local attraction. Take a stroll through Nicene Marks State Park or explore downtown Aptos. The apartment is elevated to make you feel like you are in the trees and features a hot tub where guests can soak in the comfort and beauty of the surroundings.

~Stairway to Tree Top Haven~
Aptos, California, United States
480 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
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
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
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. Mushroom-dome cabin (from USD 156)

Resembling a mushroom cap, this visually stunning cabin is the most reserved Airbnb location in the world. The roof’s interior includes unique geometric patterns. It will make you feel as if you actually lived in a treehouse. The property consists of 10 acres (4 hectares), which provides much opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. You are free to take a hike in the woods, admire the hummingbirds as well as pet the goats. The cabin includes a queen-sized bed provided with clean sheets, pillowcases, and blankets. There is also a couch that can be turned into a bed. The loft also includes a 32" HD flat-screen TV with a DVD player. The kitchen includes modern amenities such as a small refrigerator, a french press, and an electric kettle. There is even a barbecue grill on the deck as well.

The Mushroom Dome Retreat & LAND of Paradise Suite
Aptos, California, United States
1599 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Dome house 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
overall cost wise- it’s expensive for how small and outdated the utilities linens kitchen ware and appliances are
the space is very fun cozy and has a great outdoor space
i am super impressed with the composting toilet as well
5 year old son and kitty had a wonderful futon next to the bed for him to nest in
so clean and kitty was very welcoming
the cabin is clean and well equipped
the dome itself was very clean and i would definitely stay again
it’s very homey and clean michael and kitty are great hosts
amazing place and amazing hosts
kitty and michael are amazing hosts kitty is kind thoughtful knowledgeable and engaging
the host was quick and responsive in meeting us warm welcoming and very hospitable
they were so friendly showing us around the property and where to see the hummingbirds
wonderful insightful intelligent and inspiring hosts
the location is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle
very interesting place to stay
the mushroom dome is tucked away in a beautiful relaxing location
loved the setting and drive to the location
kitty and michael's place was perfect for our family
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