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We had a wonderful time at the Rio Del Mar Beach House. Jeff responded to our needs in a timely manner and we would definitely consider staying here again. The beach was just a hop and a skip from the house and great for the kids!
We had a wonderful experience. The house is darling and had every convenience available. It is in a great location and was easy to find. We most certainly recommend it.
We had a wonderful week at Jeff's house! I didn't realize when booking that the master bedroom is really a master suite, but it was a nice surprise. In addition to plenty of closet space there is a large dresser and dressing area, and a lovely, light and airy bathroom with two corner windows and a high skylight that light up the whole room. The bedroom has sliding glass doors that open up to the lush side yard and a private section of the wraparound porch. It was the first Airbnb place I've stayed that was nicer than my own home!
There were lots of helpful notes around the house to keep guests from having to wonder how things work or where they are. (I did suggest to Jeff adding a reminder note about putting the garbage and recycling bins out for pickup - we completely overlooked it, and I think the guests before us did as well.)
The neighborhood is safe, friendly and pretty conveniently located; if you avoid heavy traffic times you can drive to Santa Cruz in about 10 minutes.
Rio Del Mar beach is kind of meh, but there is a map in the kitchen for getting to Hidden Beach, which is pretty nice. There is a 1-mile paved trail along the beach, and you could probably walk the beach itself all the way to Monterey.
Cafe Rio, right on the beach, has live music and a happy hour menu out on the patio on Wednesday night - but get there early to claim a table! We had breakfast at the Pixie Deli, which gets rave reviews everywhere, but found it totally underwelming.
Jeff was available, easy to reach and overall a wonderful host. He gave us a heads up that his dad, Steve, was going to be stopping by to do some needed yard work; he was not at all intrusive and if I hadn't needed to run an errand I would have missed the chance to have a chat with this very nice gentleman.
The only possible complaint anyone could have about the house is that due to the geography of its location - in a kind of bowl, surrounded by hills - cell phone coverage is very, very spotty. This isn't a problem if you're looking to get away from it all, but it's frustrating when you want to make a call and can't get any service. That's a pretty small price to pay for a house that is otherwise perfect!
Great house - very neat, clean, and comfortable. The neighborhood was nice and it is a quick walk to the beach and shops. Would recommend!
Well, this was our first house using airbnb, so we weren't quite sure what to expect.
first...Jeff, the owner, is super responsive. Any email I sent him was responded to within 24 hours, and usually sooner.
Second, the house is even better looking than the pictures reveal. Lovely, cottage with plenty of room inside and outside on the patio. Both bedrooms & bathrooms are very nice & roomy.
Third, loved the (email hidden)ry close to the beach.
All in all, a great experience. Would definitely recommend the Rio Del Mar Beach House!
Everything we needed to know about the house, property, area amenities, restaurants and the beach access were perfectly described by the host. We loved the quiet end of the road atmosphere and neighborhood. We would jump out of bed and do long walks on the beach, eat at the Pixi Deli, decide what time we wanted to go back with our swim suits on to lay on the perfect Rio Del mar Beach. Our Grandson loved having his own bedroom & bath and thought it was the most perfect beach vacation ever. Thank you Jeff for a great and special time in your cute beach house. We will be back again and again.
We had a great time - there were detailed instructions and everything we could have needed at the house. Jeff answered all my questions and this space was perfect for the 4 of us! We will definitely stay here again if we're ever back in Santa Cruz!
Hey everyone. This is a great place to get away for the weekend. Its a 5 minute walk to the beach and it was awesome to spend memorial day weekend here and not worry about parking. Jeff had everything ready and it was great to have good instructions on how things worked in the house. Thanks again.
The host was responsive and understanding. The house was comfortable, very conveniently located, and really made a lovely place to kick back, relax, and replenish yourself. It's particularly well-suited for one or two couples.
Absolutely fantastic house, everything we expected and more. Clean, comfortable and lots of space. Liked all the information ensuring we knew what to do and places of interest nearby. We had a lovely relaxing few days, thanks.
Jeff and his girlfriend were simply amazing! They came to Como and were my guests for three nights: no doubt I was very happy to have them hosted. Communications with them was very clear and they left the house clean and tidy. I hope I can host them again. I can recommend them for sure!
It was a pleasure to host Jeff and his family. They were particularly understanding about some unfortunate oversights made by our cleaning lady. I am sure that they would be very good hosts and recommend them as guests.
Jeff and his family were really great and fun. I enjoyed a lot sharing some suggestions for their stay. They were really nice and enthusiastic. Absolutely recommended.
Jeff and his girlfriend are great persons and amazing guests. 5 stars! They are welcome anytime
I have known Jeff for years now, and we have spent plenty of time traveling together. He's easy-going and laid-back, and I don't ever think I've seen him without a smile. He always goes above and beyond for his friends. For example, I did a week-long backpacking trip last year and Jeff came to pick me up...on a boat! He traveled far out of his way to pick me up, which is more than most people would do. I'm sure you'll enjoy the stay at his house, and I'm sure he'll work to make the experience seamless for you.
One more thing: He enjoys drinking vodka sometimes, so I'm sure you'll score some brownie points if you leave your leftover vodka in the freezer.