Stacey Stillman is back to the beach! Seventeen years ago, this Bay Area attorney was fresh out of law school and competed on the very first Survivor series – where she won a challenge eating beetle larvae and was promptly voted off. The memories of starving on the beaches of Borneo long past now (“the best diet ever!”), Stillman searched Northern California for a broad white sand beach like where she grew up.




“Every summer of my childhood was spent at the endless beaches on the South Shore of Long Island, morning to night…. Long walks, jumping waves, boogie boarding, searching for shells and “beach glass.” In high school, I worked on Fire Island, taking the ‘bagel boat’ ferry at 5 am to work at the grocery store and then as a “security guard” walking the beaches all day, every day. Every kid should have a chance to make lifelong memories at the shore,” Stillman says.

Now 44 and a single mom of 5- and 8-year old boys, Stillman found the Northern California beach community of her dreams: Pajaro Dunes. “Pajaro Dunes is unique on the California coast, a cluster of homes right on the dune, literally steps from the ocean – no cliffs or steep climbs, and completely surrounded by nature.” Pajaro Dunes is adjacent to the beautiful Palm Beach, one of the best white sand beaches on the West Coast – which even allows bonfires! One can walk for miles and miles from Pajaro Dunes heading north along the shore, picking up the beautiful sand dollars that wash up at this spot on Monterey Bay.

Stillman has become a Pajaro Dunes evangelist, spreading the word about this unique spot where sun-kissed kids can explore the community in relative safety. Stillman used her legal background and real estate broker’s license to start a rental agency, “Best of Dunes” ( to promote the Pajaro Dunes experience to other families. Her goal is to make family vacations as convenient and blissful as possible. She has a full-service crew and a fast-growing clientele of rental owners and guests.

“Before buying my own home at Pajaro Dunes, I’d have to pack my car solid to the roof just to go away for the weekend with my kids! Our Best of Dunes homes are set up to host families, with supplies you won’t find anywhere else – beach stuff, kid stuff, and flexible sleeping arrangements to accommodate three families/generations sharing the cost. We have reliable internet and TV service for modern family vacations. Just bring your kids, clothes and food!”

Pajaro Dunes rental homes can be pricey, but Best of Dunes’ homes can sleep between 10-16 people, depending on the home, allowing for cost sharing. Stillman’s own home even includes a dedicated playroom with high quality toys, DISH TVs in all rooms, loaner laptops, Wii, Minecraft, baby gear and a ton of other amenities for guests ages 0-99 – even a “guest walker” for grandparents!

Best of Dunes homes represent the best equipped, best serviced, cleanest and most convenient beach rentals on Monterey Bay – with an unsurpassed location right on the dune. Five star reviews show the love our guests have for each home. We have six amazing homes to choose from, and growing!
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Stacey can be reached directly at 831-200-DUNE or
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