Seascape resort is located atop the ridge overlooking a view of beautiful Monterey Bay. Nestled just south of Santa Cruz and north of Monterey, Seascape Resort is a premier vacation spot in the quaint town of Aptos. We stayed in a 2-room condo (#422) where the view was unobstructed on one side by dividing walls that separate the units. We have the most amazing ocean views and left the sliding door cracked at night so we could hear the ocean. The first floor of the condo was quite spacious - entry foyer has the guest bath located to the side, and as you walk in, there are stairs going up to the beadrooms on one side and the kitchen located on the other. The kitchen is well equipped with dishes and utencils, pots & pans, etc., if you want to cook or grill. The BBQ grill is electric and on the patio. As you walk past the kitchen, there are two bar stools followed by a round dining table for 6. A large closet is located under the stairs and had an upright vaccuum and stand fan. Just past the dining area is the living room which showcases a large flat screen TV over the fireplace, two large sitting chairs, a sofa sleeper, coffee and end tables, console table with stereo & speakers and a mirrored wall to reflect the outstanding ocean views.
The second floor has two bedrooms, one is the Master with an onsweep and the second patio. The bathroom has a toilet, shower with glass enclosure and one sink. It is not as luxurious as many places we've stayed, but was clean and stocked daily. The showerhead was adjustable to different sprays, thought the size of the shower could have been a little larger. The Master also had an LG flat panel in the amoire. We did not have access to the second room, so can't give a description, but was pleased to see a washer/dryer in the closet upstairs in case we needed to use one.
Within walking distance is a small shopping center which offers a grocery/deli, coffee shop, flower shop, boutique clothing stores, Palapus Mexican Restaurant, Village Host Pizzaria, and a liquor store. Both restaurants had outstanding food and we enjoyed shopping at the other places as well. There is a Farmers Market in the shopping center on Sundays from 11AM-2PM. The town of Aptos offers a good selection for dining, which we were pleasantly surprised to find out. We took a 5-minute drive to Aptos BBQ for lunch and had the best pulled pork and tri-tip sandwiches, but that is a different review!
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ia about a 20-minute drive north from Seascape, but plan on being there before it opens at 11:00 AM to avoid the traffic congestion as the parking lot fills up. And about 40 minutes south is the idyllic towns of Carmel and Monterey. Also a short distance from Seascape is the Mystery Spot. There are so many things to do that are close by, or you can take a stroll around the property on one of the many paths with viewing benches, or a path that takes you right to the beach. And, if you are too tired to walk back up, just use your room card to access a phone and call for a cart to come pick you up and drop you at your room.
We did eat at the restaurant, Sanderlings, which is on the premises. They have both indoor and outdoor dining, along with live entertainment. The food was really good, a little pricey, but in line with the portion size. I ordered the small portion and it was just right, while family members ordered the 'regular' size and had enough food for two. Good thing we had a refrigerator to put it in!
Of course, there were little things about the place that could be improved, but not enough to downgrade it to a 4 rating. There were tiles in the entry that were cracked, the bathrooms a little small, the cabinet doors in the kitchen could have used some knobs because they would stick, the flame for the gas fireplace was hard to see, the light over the shower had a short and would turn off while showering, the duvet on the bed was incredibly heavy and the pillows were small foam. But, the place was very clean, the staff very friendly, the condo had two balconies with table/2 chairs where we could relax and enjoy the ocean views, beautiful walking trails, cloze proximity to shopping, easy beach access and cart service, fire pits, live entertainment, etc., etc. A great place to take a family or just to relax with your significant other.
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