I absolutely love the Rio Sands. I have stayed here at least a dozen times in the past 4 years and keep coming back again and again. I am booked there once more for the beginning of June, and I know I won't be disappointed. The staff is great, people you get to know on a first name basis, and they always bend over backwards to make sure I get the room I want and always at a fair rate. I feel like I know Blake, Andre, and Rochelle, as they have stayed on board for as long as I have been coming to the Motel. The continental breakfast is sufficient, the pools are always clean, and the walk to the beach is a pleasant one. It's true that the Motel is old, but It's very clean and well maintained.
One more thing I need to add. The town of Aptos is perfect for getting away. It thankfully managed to keep away from the hustle and bustle of Capitola and Santa Cruz, and has the feeling of maybe what those two towns were like 30 years ago.More