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500 feet from the ocean, 500 feet from the river

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

The Coast Queen is a wonderful house for a pleasant getaway to the coast for the weekend. It's a perfect place for a family, a couple or even two couples. It's a short two minute walk to the beach (and coffee shop, deli, corner market, and restaurants) providing a great anchor for days at the beach, yet it's only a few miles from Santa Cruz to enjoy the wonderful food, and activities in Santa Cruz.

Rio Del Mar is one of the last of the quaint, small village areas on the central coast. You can walk about a mile north from here, and seemingly endless miles south. We are close to the cement ship as well.

The house has been recently remodeled, with new floors and appliances in a full-stocked, fully functional kitchen. The deck upstairs is a wonderful place to hang out on sunny and shady days (with a movable umbrella if you're a shade-lover), along with an outdoor grill.

There are flat screen televisions both upstairs and downstairs, along with basic cable and free Netflix. We also have high speed internet.

We have a car port for two cars off street parking.

We are a legally permitted vacation rental in Santa Cruz County.

We also have - special for kids - a Harry Potter closet! It is equipped with a super comfy mattress-type thing, and pillows. (We are still waiting for an owl to find us.) Kids have been known to read books there for hours, sleep there, and play spooky games there too. (There is good light in there, for those who want it.)

We are dog friendly. We ask that your dog not be infested with fleas, be tick-free, and stay off the furniture. Please let me know if you are bringing a dog.

We have a general maximum of four adults. If you plan on having more than 4 adults, you need to check with us. We charge an extra fee of $20 per night for extra adults.

More Details

Myriam Cohen
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Myriam Cohen

Combined Myriam and Mikey have lived in Santa Cruz for over 35 years. We have 3 young children ages 3, 5, and 7, and spend a lot of our free time tromping in the forests here in Santa Cruz, running, going to the beach, gardening, and reveling in large cooking projects using our local bounty of available foods.

Myriam Cohen purchased this house in 2015

Why Myriam Cohen chose Santa Cruz County

We purchased this property to have as a getaway for us and our friends, and vacationers like yourself. This property is so close to Rio del Mar beach, so it's just a short 2 minute walk back home if you forget sunscreen, or you want to cook up lunch, etc. The house is comfortable, with modern, brand new amenities. An extensive total remodel was just recently completed, so all of the appliances, bathroom fixtures, etc are nearly brand new.

What makes this house unique

This house is a perfect home for a family or 1 or 2 couples to have a relaxing weekend so close to one of the best (if not the best!) beach on the central coast. You can walk this beach for miles in either direction, it is not very crowded, and the weather here is never too hot and never too cold. Rio del Mar feels like a small beach town, yet it is 10 miles to Santa Cruz, and less than 40 miles from the Silicon Valley.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Aptos in Santa Cruz County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , upstairs bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Crib is available upon request
  • Bedroom 2 has a bunk bed, twin on top, full on bottom.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing


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(37 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.8378377 based on 37 reviews

Great flat, very close to the beach, friendly owners

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay with our two girls (3 and 6). The bedrooms are a little dark, but therefore nice cool during the night. The livingroom is great, in a modern but cosy design. Huge terrace. Very short way to a great beach with a small creek running into the sea, the children loved to play there.

Owners were very friendly and came immediately when we hat trouble with the lock.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

This place was great for our group of 4. It was clean and had everything we needed. We enjoyed the beach down the street and the locality to restaurants, stores, and other beaches.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great summer stay

  • 5 of 5

Amazing location! Walking distance from the beach. Great deck for enjoying dinner outside.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent beach access

  • 5 of 5

Everything worked out perfectly...what more need be said?

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

First off, we want to thank Myriam and her husband for sharing her beautiful home with us. We couldn't have asked for more.

Parking is enough for 2 cars, with one under the car port and the other right behind it. It is a two story home and my 3 and 5 year olds loved playing on the stairs. Nice open kitchen and you can easily see the kids lounging around, playing. Something to consider is that there is no bathtub (which we were aware of prior to making reservations) and our 3 year old has only been used to taking baths. There was a handheld shower head which we were able to calmly shower him. Bunk beds were fun for the kids and the mattresses were nothing short of comfortable.

There is a smart TV loaded with Netflix which our kids enjoyed. Plenty of books, board games, playing cards, UNO. Internet is a little slow and during high use time Netflix takes time to load. The couch moderately sinks in and has stains. The outside deck looks out towards the bay though you can't see the beach/ocean. There is a hotel right across the street.

We seek out homes from VRBO to vacation mostly to provide a home environment for the kids as they are loud (they are kids after all) and they need room to sprawl around. Another thing my 3 year old can't live without is his milk! Unfortunately the refrigerator was not working well and we had to make adjustments to keep our food from spoiling and milk cold. After contacting Myriam, she had a technician come out and service the refrigerator in a span of 2 days. He was quick, kind, and swift with his repair but I'll admit it put a little dent to our vacation mood. Myriam was kind enough to offer us a free night's stay in the future or $50 credit. We are ultimately choosing to return to this home in the near future. Appliance failure happens, it just happened to occur during our vacation time.

Impression: I would rent again, I would recommend to family. Good value for the money spent.


  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot - close to beach

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Aptos for a couple of days and really enjoyed this rental. We were a couple of blocks from the beach, the place was quiet and had its own parking space right next to the front door. As we had been traveling before arriving in Aptos, we really appreciated the washer and dryer. Because we were visiting with friends, we did not use the deck off the second floor family room, but it was a nice amenity. Overall, a very positive experience that was close to the beach and not wildly expensive.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
San Jose Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Cafe Rio
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Cafe Rio
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Rio Del Mar
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Aptos, Central Coast California

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
8 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter break
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.99
Damage Deposit £389.95

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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