Rio Sands Hotel - Aptos, CA


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Hotel at a Glance: Rio Sands Hotel

It takes a leisurely 2 minutes to walk from Rio Sands Hotel to the beach, where about 20 miles of sand greet your toes. Once you’re there, Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beaches fill the day with swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. The family-friendly hotel’s proximity to the ocean is indeed its biggest asset, but guests also benefit from amenities such as in-room refrigerators and microwaves.

  • Go swimming in ocean waters or right outside your room in the outdoor pool.
  • Start the day right with an included continental breakfast; coffee service is available at all hours.
  • Stay connected with free WiFi.
  • Tee off at the 18-hole Seascape Golf Club, which is located about a 6-minute drive from the hotel.

Aptos, California: Small Oceanfront Town with a State Park and Beach

Not many people can claim to have a 10,000-acre forest as a backyard—unless you’re one of the people who call the small town of Aptos, California, home. Located on the northwest side of town, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park features both hiking and biking trails. Another popular destination, Seacliff State Beach, hugs the coast with miles of sand and a pier that leads to an abandoned concrete freighter.

For even more to do, take a short drive to nearby Santa Cruz. A progressive and eco-conscious town, it draws those looking for a relaxing spot to commune with nature. People come to its renowned beaches year-round to sail, dive, stand-up paddleboard, and, most importantly, surf. There are several surfing businesses in town—O’Neill Wetsuits, Santa Cruz Surfboards, Santa Cruz Skateboards—and for good reason: the town boasts 11 world-class surf breaks, including one of the world’s best surfing spots, Pleasure Point.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard queen room or stove suite
  • One kid 12 or younger stays free in the stove suite
  • Dates into December

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Additional fees: $50 security deposit required at check-in.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • Included continental breakfast
  • Outdoor pool
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • 24-hour coffee service
  • Walking distance to beach

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $50 security deposit required at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard Queen Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Stove Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for 1 additional guest 13 or older; 1 kid 12 or younger stays free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: San Jose International Airport (SJC; 39 mi) 
  • Distance from San Jose: 39 miles

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