Sometimes it’s nice to be in the thick of things, where you can see the crowds and walk to a variety of attractions. Other times, you want a sweet retreat within reach of the same attractions, where you can relax in peace. The Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, just a short distance from Santa Cruz, is just such an escape.
The 238 suites and beach villas are scattered across the bluffs overlooking the beach and Monterey Bay, so it doesn’t feel like a cramped resort where you feel hostage to the masses. Choose from a studio suite, one-bedroom suite, spa suite, or two-bedroom beach villa—all have fully equipped kitchenettes or kitchens, a fireplace and private balcony (most with ocean views). In addition, rooms have LCD TVs, DVD players and high-speed Internet. Rates start at $149 and vary, depending on type of room and time of year.
I stayed in a two-bedroom beach villa, which was spacious and seemed bigger than my home. The space is ideal for a family beach vacation or couples traveling together—with two bedrooms, a full-size sleeper sofa, two bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining area and a balcony or deck, you won’t be falling over each other when you’re all together.
The resort’s dining options include Sanderlings Restaurant in the central lobby building and Palapas Restaurant y Cantina in the adjacent Seascape Village. Also in Seascape Village are a deli, pizza restaurant, coffee shop, liquor store and a variety of shops all within easy walking distance—but not so close that you feel like you’re staying in a mall.
When you’re not at the beach, enjoy in-suite spa services, golf, bike rentals, the fitness center, or (my favorite) a beach bonfire to go. Resort staff will build a roaring fire on the beach, provide you with beach chairs and the fixings for S’mores, and you just have to sit back and enjoy. Now, that’s my kind of beach retreat.
Seascape Beach Resort, 800-929-7727
1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
Photos courtesy of Jill K. Robinson
I was a guest of Seascape Beach Resort during my time in Aptos.
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