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Rio-del-Mar is a small community located on a wide strip of beach near the town of Santa Cruz on the central coast of California. It is within the unincorporated region of Santa Cruz County that includes the towns of Seascape, Seacliff, Cabrillo and Aptos, as well as Rio del Mar. This is a gorgeous region of the state - an area of beaches and redwoods, canyons and hills, horse ranches, wineries and apple orchards. The Rio del Mar Beach is open from sunrise to sunset and has lifeguards on duty in the summertime. Other activities in the area include hiking and biking, golf, tennis, fishing, boating, sailing, surfing, windsurfing and shelling. The small village of Rio del Mar is home to the Pacific Garden Mall, which is the center of the town's retail, art and business district. The University of California is located nearby, and other attractions include the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Mission State Park, the Aptos Cement Ship and the sea lion at Ana Nuevo. Rio del Mar offers a peaceful charm in the middle of a popular vacation area. At dusk, a drive in the hills is recommended for the view of the twinkling lights of the valley, Santa Cruz and the other cities beyond.

Surrounding areas: Aptos, California (1.0 mi), La Selva Beach, California (2.9 mi), Capitola, California (3.1 mi), Corralitos, California (5.4 mi), Santa Cruz, California (7.0 mi), Watsonville, California (8.2 mi), Monterey Bay, California (11.6 mi)

Rio del Mar Vacation Rentals

Rio del Mar Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Rio Sands Motel116 Aptos BCH DrAptos, CA (831) 688-3207
Seacliff Inn Best Western7500 Old Dominion CTAptos, CA1.0 mi.(831) 688-7300
Seascape Resort1 Seascape Resort DrAptos, CA1.6 mi.(831) 688-6800
Chaminade1 Chaminade LnSanta Cruz, CA5.0 mi.(831) 475-5600
Santa Cruz Inn2950 Soquel AveSanta Cruz, CA5.0 mi.(831) 475-6322
Best Inn & Suites600 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 458-9660
Best Western All Suites Inn500 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 458-9898
Comfort Inn - Beach & Boardwalk314 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 471-9999
Motel Continental414 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 429-1221
Santa Cruz Travelodge525 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 426-2300
Super 8 Motel321 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 423-9449
Super 8 Motel338 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 426-3707
Victorian Inn Motel516 Water StSanta Cruz, CA6.7 mi.(831) 426-6111
Casa Blanca Motel101 Main StSanta Cruz, CA6.8 mi.(831) 423-1570
Best Western Inn Santa Cruz126 Plymouth StSanta Cruz, CA6.9 mi.(831) 425-4717
Quality Inn1101 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.9 mi.(831) 427-1616
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz1505 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA7.0 mi.(831) 457-8000
Palomar Inn1344 Pacific AveSanta Cruz, CA7.0 mi.(831) 423-7000
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA7.0 mi.(831) 728-2300
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley6001 Ln Madrona DrSanta Cruz, CA7.2 mi.(831) 440-1000
Mission Inn Motel2250 MSN StSanta Cruz, CA7.2 mi.(831) 425-5455
Peachview Inn157 Franklin St #51Santa Cruz, CA7.2 mi.(831) 426-3575
Ramada LTD130 W CLF DrSanta Cruz, CA7.2 mi.(831) 423-7737
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA7.3 mi.(831) 728-4144
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA7.5 mi.(831) 728-3600
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA8.2 mi.(831) 724-8881
Inn Cal370 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA8.5 mi.(831) 458-9220
Pacific Inn330 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA8.5 mi.(831) 425-3772
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA8.5 mi.(831) 724-3367
Econo Lodge9733 Hwy 9Ben Lomond, CA13.2 mi.(831) 336-2292
Courtyard By Marriott18610 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA17.5 mi.(408) 782-6034
Residence Inn By Marriott Morgan Hill/San Jose18620 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA17.5 mi.(800) 331-3131
Toll House Hotel140 S Santa Cruz AveLos Gatos, CA18.0 mi.(408) 395-7070
Extended Stay America605 Jarvis DrMorgan Hill, CA18.4 mi.(408) 779-9660
Ramada Ltd360 Leavesley RdGilroy, CA18.5 mi.(408) 848-1467
Comfort Inn16225 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.5 mi.(408) 778-3400
Microtel Inn & Suites16245 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.5 mi.(408) 782-5000
Ramada Morgan Hill/San Jose16115 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.5 mi.(408) 779-7666
Comfort Inn-gilroy8292 Murray AveGilroy, CA18.6 mi.(408) 848-3500
Hilton Garden Inn Gilroy6070 Monterey StGilroy, CA18.6 mi.(408) 840-7000
Bed & Breakfast
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA2.9 mi.(831) 462-3376
The Hensley House Bed And Breakfast Inn456 N Third StSan Jose, CA25.6 mi.(408) 298-3537
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA28.6 mi.(831) 625-2585

Rio del Mar Weather & Climate

The Central Pacific Coast, between San Francisco and the Monterey Bay, enjoys a mild, Mediterranean type climate. It can be cloudy and damp in the wintertime but spring through fall is sunny, warm and dry - perfect for enjoying the area's beaches. This region that is at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay does not experience much variation in daytime temperatures, but nights are generally cooler in winter than in summer. The rainy season runs late October through early April, with the rest of the year experiencing only a trace of precipitation. Early morning fog is common along the coast in the summertime, due to warm air moving across the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Due to very dry conditions in summer, wildfire is always a threat in the forested mountain regions and in winter, mudslides can occur on mountain roads when lots of rain is received over a period of a few days.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 40°F 6.49 in. 55°F
February 62°F 42°F 6.15 in. 56°F
March 64°F 43°F 4.78 in. 56°F
April 68°F 44°F 1.97 in. 57°F
May 71°F 47°F 0.70 in. 57°F
June 74°F 50°F 0.18 in. 59°F
July 74°F 52°F 0.14 in. 62°F
August 75°F 53°F 0.11 in. 64°F
September 75°F 52°F 0.41 in. 63°F
October 72°F 48°F 1.44 in. 61°F
November 65°F 43°F 4.08 in. 60°F
December 60°F 39°F 4.22 in. 57°F

Rio del Mar Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 26 miles south of Rio del Mar in Monterey, California, the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located approximately 27 miles north of Rio del Mar in San Jose, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located roughly 52 miles northwest of Rio del Mar in San Francisco, California, and finally the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located around 54 miles northwest of Rio del Mar in Oakland, California.

Rio del Mar Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA7.2 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA18.5 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA26.8 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA61.3 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA70.1 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA80.9 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA87.3 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA25.6 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA70.1 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA78.0 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA113.7 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA118.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA1.0 mi.
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA5.7 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA7.0 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA8.2 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA8.2 mi.
Valley Gardens Golf CourseScotts ValleyCA8.3 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA18.9 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA18.9 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA18.9 mi.
Cinnabar Hills Golf ClubSan JoseCA23.2 mi.
Los Lagos Golf CourseSan JoseCA23.2 mi.
Santa Teresa Golf ClubSan JoseCA23.2 mi.
The Ranch Golf ClubSan JoseCA23.2 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA24.2 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA24.8 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA24.9 mi.
Deep Cliff Golf CourseCupertinoCA25.2 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA25.4 mi.
Blackberry Farm Golf CourseCupertinoCA25.9 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA25.9 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA25.9 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseSan JoseCA26.2 mi.
Pruneridge Golf CourseSanta ClaraCA26.5 mi.
Santa Clara Golf & Tennis ClubSanta ClaraCA26.5 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA26.9 mi.
Sunken Gardens Golf CourseSunnyvaleCA27.4 mi.
San Jose Municipal Golf CourseSan JoseCA28.2 mi.
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA29.2 mi.
State Parks
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA9.1 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA10.5 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA11.0 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA20.0 mi. 
Castle Rock State ParkCA21.5 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA22.1 mi. 
Big Basin Redwoods State ParkCA22.9 mi. 
Ano Nuevo Island State ParkCA25.4 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA25.6 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA26.4 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA26.8 mi. 
Cascade Ranch State ParkCA27.1 mi. 
Butano State ParkCA28.1 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA35.1 mi. 
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA3.0 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA7.2 mi.(Science)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA17.9 mi.(Technology)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA18.3 mi.(Technology)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA24.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA24.8 mi.(History)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA25.4 mi.(History)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA25.6 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA25.6 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA25.6 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA25.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA25.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA25.6 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA25.6 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA26.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA26.8 mi.(Technology)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA40.4 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA40.4 mi.(Technology)
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCA42.2 mi.(Technology)
Silicon Valley Art MuseumBelmontCA43.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA25.4 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA25.6 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA61.3 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA62.6 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA62.6 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA80.9 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA87.3 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA113.7 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA118.6 mi.

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