Aptos Beach Drive Sunset

I’m not sure if I’ve ever said this in my lifetime but I’m kinda looking forward to the time change this year. Why would anyone wish this? Sunsets, of course! For me, catching these in the summer months wrecks havoc on the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Besides, this time of year the changing weather patterns result in the most glorious sunsets. I can catch both sunsets and sunrises and still get my beauty rest during these earlier beauties. 

Where better to indulge in this… aboard the SS Rio Del Mar vacation rental, where fantasy meets reality in the most dreamy way. Aptos Beach Drive Boat House is the perfect place for the soul to enjoy. Imagine yourself amid our most undeniably beautiful central coast landscape. Whether mother nature gives you pristine, sunny skies or rapturous, moody clouds, this fun filled beach house will grant you memories to last a lifetime. 

The Rio Del Mar beach house sleeps 6 guests comfortably, and provides all the necessary amenities to never really have to anchor and dock. The Master bedroom hosts a comfy, cozy King size bed in which to take in the compelling ocean views. Open the sliding door and let the waves lure you to drift away or waken when the body is ready.

The guest bedroom is perfect in its own right. You really do feel as if you are on the bow of a ship and sailing past the iconic SS Palo Alto aka ol’ Cement Ship. A perfect backdrop for nighttime stories of Sea Adventures and Pirate Tales. 

Besides everything in a Galley the chef could want, the expansive Port Side in which to watch TV or the waves rolling in, or the Mess Deck to fill the appetites of the day; luxury is spent in the tranquilizing, spa-like bathroom. Climb in the jetted tub, sink into oblivion, and let no worry get in your way; you are in harmony with what is outside that window.  

When you find yourself ashore, either direction will offer miles of sand and water for all activities in the plans. The distinctive beach flats just around the corner offer a variety of dine in or take out options to accommodate those plans. Some local favorites are Flats Bistro and Pixie Deli.

Of course there are many other options for chasing sunsets around the Central Coast. A Capitola local favorite is on Depot Hill. Walk up the heart pumping, 86 stair steps located just behind Mijos Taqueria (you may as well grab a couple tacos to take with you) and pick your spot among the many benches provided. 


You can also meander up there through the walkway along Monterey Ave to the quaint Hihn Park. Pick up a Blue Plate Dinner on your way from the delectable Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria and enjoy your meal amongst the open skies. 

Depot Hill
Photo by @CapitolaVillage

If sunset time and a stroll among the quaint streets of Capitola Village is your way of winding down the day, a warm beverage from Zelda’s Coffee Bar is sure to set the mood. “Get lost” while wandering in and out of the many intertwining paths and take in the wonder of the skies. This walking map of Capitola will guide you along your evening’s journey so you can cover all Capitolas charm. 


With so many places to explore and chase sunsets, the list is endless here on our incredible Monterey Bay Coast line. Why not add a beach vacation in a Beach House and capture a Sunrise and a Sunset throughout your stay. A Boat House on the sand! Chasing Sunsets! How cool is that without losing a wink!