Aptos is one of our favorite California beach destinations. It is located in Santa Cruz County not far from Santa Cruz, where you will find the historic 100+ year BoardWalk, the Roaring Camp Beach Train that runs from the Redwoods to the beach each summer, and other scenic beach towns and cities such as Capitola by the Sea, another of our favorites.
Located overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the water sports such as surfing, kayaking, swimming, and kite surfing are ample in this area. Ocean fishing is also quite popular.
With a handful of hotels to select during your stay, Aptos is a bit more quiet and serene than neighboring Santa Cruz beaches, so you might opt for this location and a hotel stay here instead of up the road in Santa Cruz. Either way, you have access to all the great attractions of the neighboring Santa Cruz, and may consider Aptos as your choice, especially since it is sometimes overlooked.
THINGS TO DO:
Rio Del Mar Beach Rio Del Mar Blvd. Aptos, CA 95003 (831) 429-2850 A long strip of white sand. You can take your dog for a walk here (with a leash). Also enjoy fine restaurants and shopping nearby. No day fee. Open sunrise to sunset.
Seacliff State Beach 201 State Park Drive Aptos, CA 95003 (831) 685-6444 An expansive white sand beach offers picnic facilities for day use, and RV camping. Call for RV reservations. Parking fee charged. Open sunrise to sunset. Extensive exhibits about "The Palo Alto Cement Ship" along with natural history, marine and plant life exhibits. Books on marine and plant life, history, etc. Seacliff State Beach and Forest of Nisene Marks State Parks are located in California State Parks Bay Area region.
Aptos Seascape Golf Course 610 Clubhouse Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 (831) 688-3213 18 holes, 72 par "player friendly" golf course open to the public.
Aptos History Museum 7605-A Old Dominion Ct. Aptos, CA 95003 (831) 688-1467
Seacliff State Beach Visitor Center
State Park Drive Aptos, CA 95003 (831)