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Featured Motels in Aptos

Motel 6 Marina, CA - Monterey
2 out of 5
100 Reservation Rd, Marina, CA
Free cancellation
The price is CA $79 per night

Located in the heart of Marina, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Marina State Beach and Monterey Bay. Marina Dunes Preserve and Fort Ord Dunes State ...

3.6/5Good! (974 reviews)

"It was actually not a bad stay. Location is so convenient: close to the beach and 15 mins away from Carmel."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2020

Motel 6 Marina, CA - Monterey
Mission Inn
2.5 out of 5
2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $144 per night

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swift Street Courtyard and Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...

4.2/5Very Good! (658 reviews)

"Very clean and nice room! The staff were nice, friendly, and accommodating. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Mission Inn
Beachview Inn
2 out of 5
50 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is CA $126 per night

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is steps away from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey ...

3.7/5Good! (957 reviews)

"This property is literally across the street from the wharf and only a short walk from the Boardwalk. It is older, but well maintained. The parking lot is small -- don't bring a large vehicle or RV!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Beachview Inn
Fireside Inn Santa Cruz
2 out of 5
311 2nd Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Cocoanut Grove and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

3.5/5Good! (465 reviews)

"Great location. Walking distance to the boardwalk and to downtown. Clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2020

Fireside Inn Santa Cruz
Ocean Pacific Lodge
2 out of 5
301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
The price is CA $118 per night

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Avenue and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,001 reviews)

"Comfortable, clean, cozy - would stay here again. Great place to stay by the beach."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2020

Ocean Pacific Lodge
Motel 6 Watsonville, CA - Monterey Area
2 out of 5
125 Silver Leaf Dr, Watsonville, CA
Free cancellation
The price is CA $93 per night

Situated in Watsonville, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Watsonville Square Shopping Center and Ramsay Park. Pajaro Valley Historical Association and Pinto ...

3.3/5 (980 reviews)

"Stayed here before and been happy.coming back.only small probplem.no the wi fi not working."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2020

Motel 6 Watsonville, CA - Monterey Area
Rio Sands Hotel
2 out of 5
116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $168 per night

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Rio Del Mar Beach and Monterey Bay. Seacliff State Beach and Potbelly Beach are also within 15 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"I love the location. It's just a couple of blocks away from the beach. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. i would go back next time."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 11, 2020

Rio Sands Hotel
Hotel Rose Garden
2 out of 5
1860 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $130 per night

Located in Rose Garden, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Santa Clara University and SAP Center at San Jose. San Jose Convention ...

3.1/5 (973 reviews)

"Beautiful grounds, warm and clear water swimming pool. Fantastic location on the Alameda! Room was spacious and clean. The bedspread had a couple black grease smudges on it and the light blanket had a cigarette burn hole...or so it looked. I had a very enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2020

Hotel Rose Garden
Beach Street Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $237 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Westside Santa Cruz motel is steps away from Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.6 mi ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (647 reviews)

"Love location. Super friendly office. Very nice room. Daily check in from maid service would have been nice. Had to go ask for towels, shampoo, etc. We were there 3 nights."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 2, 2020

Beach Street Inn and Suites
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
2.5 out of 5
325 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $143 per night

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Avenue and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Monterey Bay is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) ...

3.2/5 (974 reviews)

"Great room very clean comfortable beds! Easy walk to beach"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
Best Western Plus Inn Scotts Valley
2.5 out of 5
6020 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $130 per night

Situated in Scotts Valley, this motel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Valley Gardens Golf Course and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mystery Spot and Henry Cowell Redwoods ...

4/5Very Good! (953 reviews)

"The property was nice! We stayed in a Junior Suite for my husband's birthday. It was very spacious!! Great bathroom!! Only missing the convenience of a microwave!! :) Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2020

Best Western Plus Inn Scotts Valley
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
2 out of 5
130 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $96 per night

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. ...

3.4/5Good! (880 reviews)

"The owners are nice rooms are clean although my shower did not drain very well and had to take a shower in three inches of water. Parking is sort of an issue as there is not enough room and there is an underpass of sorts right next to the hotel we're awesome people hang out at night to keep an eye ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2020

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Seascape Beach Resort Monterey
Seascape Beach Resort Monterey
3.5 out of 5
One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA
The price is CA $366 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (99 reviews)

"Super clean and everything you need for an extended stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Seascape Beach Resort Monterey
Best Western Seacliff Inn
Best Western Seacliff Inn
3 out of 5
7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos, CA
The price is CA $152 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"Great location within walking distance to beach and several different amenities. However, there was no coffee maker in the room given COVID concerns. Coffee was also not offered in the lobby, only for take out. Not as convenient."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

Best Western Seacliff Inn
Rio Sands Hotel
Rio Sands Hotel
2 out of 5
116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA
The price is CA $168 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"I love the location. It's just a couple of blocks away from the beach. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. i would go back next time."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 11, 2020

Rio Sands Hotel
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Aptos Motels for the Frugal Traveler

In the larger Santa Cruz area, you can select from 27 low-priced motels among more than 273 hotels and other lodging choices. When you pick one of these budget accommodations, you might not have many of the amenities found in a traditional hotel but you'll save more money to use for your vacation.

By saving on your room price, you can enjoy all that Aptos has to offer. Top sights include Monterey Bay and Rio Del Mar Beach.

Fun fact: The word "motel" was coined in 1925 in San Luis Obispo, California by the owner of the Milestone Mo-Tel. Often just a story or two, motel properties usually have outdoor access to guestrooms from the parking lot.

Below are some of Expedia customers' favorite motels to choose from in the larger area:

Rio Sands Hotel

  • Stay within a 5-minute drive of Monterey Bay and Rio Del Mar Beach.
  • Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including breakfast, WiFi, and parking.

Motel 6 Monterey - Marina

  • Free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities are available during your stay.
  • Central Aptos is 21.9 mi (35.3 km) away

Beach Street Inn and Suites

  • Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, free WiFi, and coffee shop.
  • Located 8.4 mi (13.5 km) from the heart of Aptos

Monterey Beach Dunes Inn

  • Central Aptos is 21.7 mi (34.9 km) away
  • An outdoor pool along with freebies like breakfast, WiFi, and parking are available during your stay.

Ocean Pacific Lodge

  • 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from the heart of Aptos
  • Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including WiFi and parking.

Things to Do in Aptos

Visitors to Aptos speak highly of the beaches and restaurants. Enjoy all there is to see and do in this family-friendly, walkable area while you're sightseeing.

Must-see local attractions include:

  • Monterey Bay
  • Rio Del Mar Beach

These are some of the parks and outdoorsy places:

  • The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
  • Seacliff State Beach
  • New Brighton State Beach

You'll find these family-friendly sights in the area:

  • Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
  • Roaring Camp Railroads
  • Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Aptos is also notable for its:

  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Cafés
  • Flowers

Best Time to Visit Aptos

Determine the optimal time to visit Aptos by reviewing these seasonal weather details:
  • The hottest months are typically September and October, while December and January are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 66° F and nighttime temperatures average 39° F
  • April-June: 72° F is the daytime average and 44° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 74° F and nighttime averages are around 51° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 73° F during the day and 39° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 23.03 inches in a year

How to Get to Aptos and Around the Area

Aptos Transportation
NameTypeDistance
Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal) Airport 7.2 mi (11.6 km)
San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview) Airport 23.1 mi (37.1 km)
San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) Airport 25.2 mi (40.5 km)

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from a motel trip to Aptos?
Because you’ll save on your room, you can enjoy more of the attractions in Aptos. Top sights include Monterey Bay and Rio Del Mar Beach.
What's it like to stay in a motel?
When you stay at a motel, you’re likely to find an outdoor pool and free parking. With a stay at a motel, you’ll often have access to your room directly from the parking lot. In the U.S., motels became more commonplace after World War II with the appeal of road trip vacations, peaking in the mid-1960s with more than 60,000 properties.
What are the best motels in Aptos?
Here you’ll find some of our customers’ favorite motels to choose from in the larger area. Rio Sands Hotel: Stay within a 5-minute drive of Monterey Bay and Rio Del Mar Beach. Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including WiFi and parking. Mission Inn: Free breakfast, free WiFi, and a spa tub are available during your stay. Central Aptos is 9.7 mi (15.5 km) away. Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz: Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including WiFi and parking. Located 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from the heart of Aptos. Beachview Inn: Central Aptos is 8.5 mi (13.6 km) away. Free WiFi and free parking are available during your stay, along with room amenities like cable TV. Fireside Inn Santa Cruz: 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from the heart of Aptos. Enjoy access to the 24-hour front desk, and freebies including WiFi and parking.
What things can I to do in Aptos?
While you’re exploring this family-friendly, walkable area, take time to enjoy the top-notch restaurants. Those who’ve visited Aptos love the beaches. Must-see local attractions include Monterey Bay and Rio Del Mar Beach. These are some of the parks and outdoorsy places: Seacliff State Beach, New Brighton State Beach, and La Selva Beach. You’ll find these family-friendly sights in the area: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp Railroads, and Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park.
What's the weather like in Aptos?
The hottest months are usually September and October with an average temp of 62°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 52°F. Average annual rainfall for Aptos is 23 inches.
How should I get around Aptos?
Fly into Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC), which is located 25.2 mi (40.5 km) from the city center. You can also search for flights into Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), which is 7.2 mi (11.6 km) away. If you’d like to explore around the area, you may want to rent a car for your trip.

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