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Rio Del Mar State Beach

Beach Dr, Aptos, CA 95003
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Exquisite ocean view

It might seem funny to title my review about the great view from this beach! You might ask don't... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rachell S
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Santa Cruz, California
Monterey Bay bliss

You can park adjacent to the beach, pay no fee, and wander for miles either North or South. At low... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wells S
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“free parking” (6 reviews)
“rio del mar” (9 reviews)
“state beach” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Beach Dr, Aptos, CA 95003
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"drift wood"
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"bon fires"
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"santa cruz county"
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"nice walk"
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"either direction"
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"parking lot"
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"driftwood"
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"shore"
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"south"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It might seem funny to title my review about the great view from this beach! You might ask don't all beaches have great views?? The answer is "Yes, they do!" So it is true you'll enjoy a great beach view at any Santa Cruz County...More

Thank Rachell S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can park adjacent to the beach, pay no fee, and wander for miles either North or South. At low tide, the beach becomes a silver mirror, and the birds fill the air. Lots of families go for a placid time close to the water...More

Thank Wells S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family LOVED Rio Del Mar State Beach. The sand was soft and the water was excellent. There was far less seaweed than Santa Cruz (Beach Boardwalk).

Thank Curtis W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We park at the far end. There is a public restroom. There is a lifeguard tower but not always manned. The surf is nice to boogie board in for the kids. Great Family beach.

Thank JeriLG
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We walked down to this beach from an air bnb we were staying in. Lovely beach to walk on and watch the sun set. Lots of birds about as well.

Thank 484Michelle
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Rio Del Mar State Beach is a good Area to Walk... Not only is their beach, their is a sidewalk that goes down up to Platform Beach and a paved beach walk that goes toward Capitola. There are several paths and stairs to get up...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Long, beautiful sandy beach. Dogs are welcome. There is a bathroom just down the path a big at the public beach, but most is just coastline

Thank Jenny L
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Big, wide, long, this beach allows you to just go to another place mentally, very soothing, very relaxed, id did notice some homeless people trying to crash on the beach but the park rangers did a pretty good job of moving them along when they...More

Thank 755marlad
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Wide paved path for strolling, power walking 🚶‍♀️ or riding a bike. Lots of dog walkers. Great kid beach- wave usually small. Lots of driftwood to make into forts too!

Thank limcandr
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Clean and relaxing beach. I would recommend! It seemed very close to what we were doing, which was just hanging out, I got a massage at Massage Harbor which is right there too. Didn't try the café but it looked busy.

Thank Paige R
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Response from Rachell S | Reviewed this property |
When I've walked along Rio Del Mar beach, there doesn't seem to be as much seaweed as there is at the other beaches. At some beaches here it feels like that's all there is at the shore's edge and you get tangled up in... More
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