Pajaro Dunes is a beachside development consisting of homes and condos. Some owners rent out their properties, and the rentals are managed by an on-site agency.
We booked House 128 for two families. The pictures of the house look quite nice. While the pictures were accurate, we did have some problems with this house.
First, the bathrooms are tiny, tiny, tiny. You know, the toilet where your knees are against the wall and the stand up shower that you can hardly turn around in. Second, the house is very vertical (3 stories) and there is no insulation between floors. If someone is in the family room/kitchen (third floor), you cannot sleep in the second floor as the floors creak and squeak and the plumbing is loud, loud, loud. With small children traveling with us, we didn't get much sleep.
Given the price we paid (which was A LOT), we expected much more from this property.
Also, be forewarned that it's about a 3 story hike up from the parking lot to the unit, so to get groceries up is ~ 6 floors.
The house has taken a beating from being on the beach. The doors are all rusted out and hard to operate. There's a lot of glass in this house, and you get a pretty good view of the ocean from the top floor. It's great to have the beach so close, and we also liked the fact that there were no roads or cars between the unit and the beach (even though this house is the third row back from the beach).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Why settle for a room, when you can enjoy a beautiful coastal home?! Nestled along the Monterey Bay is one of the most scenic stretches of California's central coastline. Spanning 1 1/2 miles of pristine beach, Pajaro Dunes Resort is in a secluded, gated community featuring a collection of beautiful beachfront homes, townhouses, and condominiums - available for vacation rentals & group retreats.Looking for a perfect Santa Cruz County family vacation, family reunion or seminar site? Pajaro Dunes is 4 miles west of Watsonville and conveniently, 20 miles south of Santa Cruz and 25 miles north of Monterey/Carmel. Enjoy the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Mountain Redwoods, Monterey Bay Aquarium, central coast wineries and world famous golf! When booking with us, you'll enjoy full service! No hunting for a key n the dark like some vacation rentals. We provide personal check in, 7 day on site staff 9-5:30. Visit our Lobby for free DVD movies, tennis rackets and sport equipment, ice, coffee and a morning paper. Our gift shop has almost anything you might have forgotten, along with local winery favorites, fabulous kites, gifts and more. Plenty of tennis courts, basketball & volleyball, walking trails and we'll even set up a reserved beach bonfire with s'mores for you! We offer homes from 1-3 bedroom condos, to fantastic 5 bedroom beach front houses. Choose your level of view and luxury in this memorable getaway. We'll save a sunset for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pajaro Dunes Condominiums Hotel Watsonville