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Pajaro Dunes Resort
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Three girlfriends spent a few days here reading, walking on the beach, collecting shells and enjoying the sound of the waves. The kitchen was lovely and had everything we needed to prepare our dinners. A huge picture window gave wonderful vistas of the sea and dolphins swimming by.
A fireplace kept us cozy early morning and in the evenings.
.We visited Carmel to the south and the Buddhist retreat and Enchanted Forest in Soquel while we were here. Both a 30 minute drive.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank jimandsam814
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We went with a big group of work colleagues for a retreat here. It's nice as they are houses and not apartments - they also overlook the water. It's only a stones throw to the beach. With a lot of people surfing. We stayed in house #98 and #126. House #98 was a direct access to the beach house, #126 was a line of houses away from the beach. #98 was definitely the better house to stay in. I imagine this place would have a great atmosphere in the summer holidays with families coming and going. Seems like a great place to get a group of people together such as a family reunion, birthday, special occasion.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank danykelly
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend in a gorgeous location. Our condo was right on the ocean, simply walk outside the door. Fireplace for cold evenings, comfortable furnishings. Grounds are nice for walks, with ponds full of wildlife. We had a bonfire on the beach one foggy night - encouraged as long as you follow the rules. Not far from Watsonville so easy to shop for supplies.

Only caveat, watch your belongings. My partner had been coming to this location for many years with no issues, simply left all belongings outside the front door. It is gated and manned 24/7 so we felt safe. However, his expensive surfboard and wetsuit were stolen. Not much of a reaction from the management, who simply denied there had ever been thefts at the property. Did not hear the same information from the police when we filed a report, they said that someone had a bike stolen the same night.

Room Tip: Pajaro Dunes is all about the ocean view, hard to imagine there is a bad location.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Over the years my wife and I vacationed here many times with our kids when they were young. It's close to the Bay Area and an easy and scenic drive. We chose Pajaro for a romantic place for a long weekend to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. We stayed at the Shorebirds complex in a one bedroom condo (#186) with incredible beach views. The beach, as always, was magnificent, and the condo itself was well appointed and comfortable. Sunset at Pajaro, sharing champagne...doesn't get much better. We enjoyed hiking at the Elkhorn Slough bird preserve, having lunch at Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing and stopping to buy wonderful locally grown organic produce for dinner. It was a pretty close to perfect weekend. This is one of my favorite places on earth.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
3  Thank floydbro
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Love this area and these condos and can't wait to go back! The condo we stayed in (S25) was clean and comfortable and had a nice side view of the beach and ocean. The carpet was brand new, which was very nice, but the place could have also used some paint and a few new utensils in the kitchen (there was only one big pot and the handle was broken). (If you want clean, it's fine. If you want fancy or ocean-front, pick another condo.) The beach here is wide, clean, open, long and beautiful! And, it's covered in sand dollars! Definitely a great place to stay if you want to hit the beach every day!

Room Tip: Call the front desk and have them help you. They are VERY knowledgeable about the condos and are friendly and willing to help! The website is helpful also!
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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