Ever heard the phrase, “I need a vacation after that vacation”? The harsh reality that you may have over packed your itinerary and instead of getting that much needed break, you were left feeling rushed, scheduled & anything but relaxed. If that sounds remotely familiar than it may be time for one of these peaceful properties that are sure to be all you need for some much needed rest and rejuvenation – and will have you thinking you just found your own slice of Santa Cruz County heaven.
PAJARO DUNES RESORT
If you’ve ever dreamed of living right on the beach, test out the beachfront lifestyle in a house or condominium at Pajaro Dunes Resort and sample the serenity. Nestled along 1 ½ miles of pristine coast of the Monterey Bay, this tranquil treasure has a way of slowing down time. The collection of beautiful beach homes provide a range of rental options from 2-4 bedroom condos to expansive 3-story beach houses. Every home is fully furnished, with a fireplace, deck, full kitchen and is just steps to the beach. Choose views of the Monterey Bay & Pajaro River, set amid rolling sea grass covered dunes and coastal trees.
The shores will keep you entertained with an abundance of shells and sand dollars ready to be discovered. But don’t forget to look out to the bay and spot dolphins, whales & seals that frequent the area. There’s also a host of onsite activities including beach volleyball and tennis & basketball courts. This blissfully secluded retreat is sure to be all you need for an unrushed and replenishing vacation.
CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA
This hilltop gem boasts some of the best views in town with a panorama of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay. The mission style, all-inclusive resort truly has it all: 156 luxurious rooms on 300 acres, pool & hot tub (poolside cabana rentals available), two – yes, two onsite restaurants, spa, fitness center, tennis courts, & 3 miles of scenic walking trails that travel through private redwood & eucalyptus forest. With all Chaminade has to offer it is easy to see why you won’t be rushing off the property.
The wide range of spa treatments available, the decadent culinary options onsite & the gorgeous natural setting are sure to have you feeling pampered, refreshed, and, dare we say, spoiled, after this stay. Oh, and a big bonus to Chaminade? You don’t have to worry about leaving your pooch at home! So extend that stay a bit longer and allow the whole family to live the good life at this hilltop heaven.
SEASCAPE BEACH RESORT MONTEREY BAY
Upon arrival, park your car and forget you ever needed one. Located on the breathtaking coastal bluffs of Aptos overlooking the Monterey Bay, this oceanfront all-inclusive resort is unlike any other Santa Cruz County property. The spacious resort offers studios, suites and multi-room villas, complete with a fireplace and private deck and most equipped with full kitchens. But don’t feel the need to get cooking yourself, enjoy onsite Sanderlings for a delicious meal & unbelievable views – might we suggest dining al fresco to be that much closer to the bay. And be sure to check out Sanderlings’ special weekly offerings, including Wine Wednesdays, Tiki Fridays, Neighborhood Nights & live music.
With three pools on property, 17 miles of beach ready to be combed, fitness center, in-room spa treatments available, nearby village shopping and a championship golf course, there’s no doubt you will have everything you need for a stress-free, perfectly memorable vacation.