Rio del Mar

Rio del Mar

Seaside Serenity and Community Warmth Await.

Welcome to Rio del Mar

Seaside Serenity and Community Warmth Await.

Rio Del Mar offers a serene escape with a welcoming community spirit. Known for its stunning beaches, lush greenery, and relaxed atmosphere, Rio Del Mar attracts those seeking a coastal lifestyle infused with small-town charm. Rio Del Mar provides an idyllic setting for residents and visitors, with easy access to outdoor recreation, local amenities, and a mild Mediterranean climate.

What to Love

  • Coastal beauty: Miles of sandy beaches and panoramic ocean views.
  • Community vibe: A tight-knit community where neighbors become friends.
  • Outdoor recreation: Hiking, biking, surfing, and golfing opportunities abound.
  • Convenience: Access to local shops, restaurants, and essential services.
  • Family-friendly atmosphere: Top-rated schools, parks, and family-friendly activities.

Local Lifestyle

Rio Del Mar exudes a laid-back coastal ambiance, where life revolves around the rhythm of the tides and the sound of crashing waves. Residents enjoy a relaxed pace of life, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures and strolls along the beach. Whether you're savoring locally sourced cuisine at quaint cafes or exploring the scenic beauty of nearby parks and trails, Rio Del Mar offers a welcoming haven for those seeking peace and tranquility by the sea.

Dining and Shopping

Along Rio Del Mar's main thoroughfare, you'll find a charming array of dining and shopping options to suit every taste and preference. Rio Del Mar, being a smaller beach community nestled within Aptos, doesn't boast a vast number of restaurants. However, it offers a few gems with distinct atmospheres and cuisines:
Sanderlings Restaurant offers various American cuisine, from traditional favorites to contemporary takes. They boast fresh, seasonal ingredients and a menu catering to lunch and dinner crowds.
The cozy Bittersweet Bistro offers a menu inspired by Mediterranean flavors with an American twist. The dog-friendly patio makes it a popular spot for casual dining, while the bar and TVs attract those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere. Their menu features a variety of dishes, including pasta, seafood, and grilled options.
Longstanding Red Apple Cafe is a favorite for breakfast and lunch. They offer a traditional menu with fresh ingredients, featuring classic breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads, and more. The warm and inviting atmosphere makes it an excellent choice for a casual meal.
Explore boutique shops and galleries showcasing unique artwork, handmade crafts, and coastal-inspired treasures. Whether you're grabbing a bite to eat or browsing for souvenirs, Rio Del Mar's vibrant Main Street offers a delightful mix of culinary delights and retail therapy.

Entertainment & Things to Do

Rio Del Mar's beaches are a highlight for many, offering long stretches of sand for walking, sunbathing, and beachcombing. The easy access to the ocean is ideal for swimming, surfing, and other water sports. The picturesque views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking, providing a serene backdrop perfect for relaxation and photography. For nature enthusiasts, the local wildlife, including marine animals and various bird species, can be a real treat to observe in their natural habitat.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities for recreation and relaxation amidst the stunning natural surroundings in Rio Del Mar. For instance, Seascape Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course known for its lush, manicured greens and beautiful views. It's located near the Rio Del Mar beaches and is a popular spot for local golfers and visitors. The club often hosts tournaments and events, including amenities such as a pro shop and a clubhouse that can be used for events and dining.
Rio Del Mar hosts various community events and festivals throughout the year, including beach cleanups, art fairs, and live music performances. With its blend of coastal beauty, community charm, and leisurely lifestyle, Rio Del Mar invites you to unwind, explore, and embrace the coastal way of life.

Overview for Rio del Mar, CA

9,264 people live in Rio del Mar, where the median age is 50.1 and the average individual income is $73,085. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

50.1 years

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Around Rio del Mar, CA

There's plenty to do around Rio del Mar, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Castelli Fashions, Flourish, and ReInvention Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 4.77 miles 41 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.67 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.91 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.63 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.8 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.7 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Rio del Mar, CA

Rio del Mar has 3,843 households, with an average household size of 2.41. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Rio del Mar do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 9,264 people call Rio del Mar home. The population density is 3,087.93 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.37 / 50.63%

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Schools in Rio del Mar, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Rio del Mar. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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St Abraham's Classical Christian Academy
K - 12th
No rating available
Rio del Mar Elementary
K - 6th

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