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Aptos and nearby Guidebook

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Aptos and nearby Guidebook

Food Scene
Recommended eating establishments in the Aptos area.
Walk from our property, great food and great ocean view.
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Café Rio Aptos
131 Esplanade
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Walk from our property, great food and great ocean view.
Great food near the old hotel.
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Café Sparrow
8042 Soquel Drive
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Great food near the old hotel.
**Hideout closed due to fire in 2019, check again for reopening!** Outdoor seating available, come early to get a seat.
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The Hideout
9051 Soquel Drive
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**Hideout closed due to fire in 2019, check again for reopening!** Outdoor seating available, come early to get a seat.
Fine dining on a hillside. Ride the funicular down the slope to enjoy this popular establishment, reservations recommended.
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Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Road
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Fine dining on a hillside. Ride the funicular down the slope to enjoy this popular establishment, reservations recommended.
Authentic Mexican food, dine-in nearby.
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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
261 Center Avenue
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Authentic Mexican food, dine-in nearby.
Walk down to get pizzas, pastries coffee and more. OPEN Mon - Tue 6:30am - 6:00pm Wed - Sun 6:30am - 7:00pm
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Flats Bistro Aptos
113 Esplanade
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Walk down to get pizzas, pastries coffee and more. OPEN Mon - Tue 6:30am - 6:00pm Wed - Sun 6:30am - 7:00pm
Drinks, Music & Nightlife
Places to get signature cocktails, fine wine or craft beer, especially evenings or weekends. Some may have live bands, a beer garden or dancing.
Restaurant - Bar Great food early or late. One side open for breakfast hours Later, main area opens for lunch and dinner. Large outdoor garden as well.
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Bittersweet Bistro
787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard
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Restaurant - Bar Great food early or late. One side open for breakfast hours Later, main area opens for lunch and dinner. Large outdoor garden as well.
Live Music - Restaurant - Bar Live music often! Indoor and outdoor dining areas available.
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Michael's on Main
2591 S Main St
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Live Music - Restaurant - Bar Live music often! Indoor and outdoor dining areas available.
Great pub fare, delicious cocktails, and a rotating selection of draft beer that will keep you coming back.
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Parish Publick House Aptos
8017 Soquel Dr
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Great pub fare, delicious cocktails, and a rotating selection of draft beer that will keep you coming back.
Live Music - Restaurant - Bar . Blues, jazz and classic rock/pop bands spice up the night, almost every Thursday through Saturday during late evenings.
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Severino's Bar & Grill
7500 Old Dominion Court
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Live Music - Restaurant - Bar . Blues, jazz and classic rock/pop bands spice up the night, almost every Thursday through Saturday during late evenings.
Restaurant - Bar - Live Music . View right out to the lighthouse and beach next to the Santa Cruz Marina you can watch the boats coming and going, sip wine and eat fish tacos. Dining Room is 1st floor w/ Full Menu. Large Bar is 2nd Floor with partial menu but best view. Outside patio available. Sometimes live music in bar area.
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Crow's Nest Restaurant
2218 East Cliff Drive
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Restaurant - Bar - Live Music . View right out to the lighthouse and beach next to the Santa Cruz Marina you can watch the boats coming and going, sip wine and eat fish tacos. Dining Room is 1st floor w/ Full Menu. Large Bar is 2nd Floor with partial menu but best view. Outside patio available. Sometimes live music in bar area.
Live Music - Restaurant - Bar Located at the end of a Pier, you can eat and drink outside over the water with a panoramic view top deck after 12:30pm, during the summer with service for drinks, dining and music is from 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Check calendar for bands and times of live music then come early to get a good seat. Live music gets all ages dancing! https://www.wharfhouse.com/live-music
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Wharf House Restaurant
1400 Wharf Road
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Live Music - Restaurant - Bar Located at the end of a Pier, you can eat and drink outside over the water with a panoramic view top deck after 12:30pm, during the summer with service for drinks, dining and music is from 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Check calendar for bands and times of live music then come early to get a good seat. Live music gets all ages dancing! https://www.wharfhouse.com/live-music
Golf, Tennis, Activities
Golf, tennis, bicycle rental and other activities in or closest to Aptos, CA.
Public tee times are available but plan ahead. Located only a half mile away from the shores of the Pacific Ocean and framed by majestic Monterey pines and towering eucalyptus trees, Seascape Golf Club’s 6,034-yard par 71, exceedingly-playable golf course features immaculately-manicured fairways, rolling hills, and small, challenging greens. Designed by Garret and David Gill in 1926 as the exclusive Rio Del Mar Country Club and repurposed during World War II to serve as a “victory garden” for the war effort, Seascape Golf Club was reopened in 1945 and has since maintained its reputation for superb conditioning, spectacular grounds, and phenomenal service. Monday – Thursday WALKING N/A 18 HOLE $34 TWILIGHT 1PM* $27 SUPER TWILIGHT 3PM* $19 Friday 18 HOLE $44 TWILIGHT 1 PM* $29 SUPER TWILIGHT 3 PM* $19 Weekend & Holidays 18 HOLE $54 TWILIGHT 1:00PM* $35 SUPER TWILIGHT 3 PM* $19 SENIOR DISCOUNT (AGE 60+) $5 off the regular 18 hole rate, Available Sunday – Friday. Excludes Holidays, * Twilight times are seasonal and subject to change CART FEES: 18 HOLES $15 | 9 HOLES $10
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Seascape Golf Club
610 Clubhouse Drive
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Public tee times are available but plan ahead. Located only a half mile away from the shores of the Pacific Ocean and framed by majestic Monterey pines and towering eucalyptus trees, Seascape Golf Club’s 6,034-yard par 71, exceedingly-playable golf course features immaculately-manicured fairways, rolling hills, and small, challenging greens. Designed by Garret and David Gill in 1926 as the exclusive Rio Del Mar Country Club and repurposed during World War II to serve as a “victory garden” for the war effort, Seascape Golf Club was reopened in 1945 and has since maintained its reputation for superb conditioning, spectacular grounds, and phenomenal service. Monday – Thursday WALKING N/A 18 HOLE $34 TWILIGHT 1PM* $27 SUPER TWILIGHT 3PM* $19 Friday 18 HOLE $44 TWILIGHT 1 PM* $29 SUPER TWILIGHT 3 PM* $19 Weekend & Holidays 18 HOLE $54 TWILIGHT 1:00PM* $35 SUPER TWILIGHT 3 PM* $19 SENIOR DISCOUNT (AGE 60+) $5 off the regular 18 hole rate, Available Sunday – Friday. Excludes Holidays, * Twilight times are seasonal and subject to change CART FEES: 18 HOLES $15 | 9 HOLES $10
Public Tennis courts
Willowbrook Park
2950 Willowbrook Ln
Public Tennis courts
Golf Course
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Pasatiempo Golf Course
20 Clubhouse Road
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Golf Course
Epicenter Bikes - Aptos (831) 662-8100 Not too far away from rental. They rent mountain bikes here and their sister shop a bit further away in Santa Cruz will rent beach cruisers. For a small fee and advance notice they can bring one type of bike to the other shop and vice versa. You can even rent from one shop and return it to the other shop location Please call to inquire/reserve https://epicentercycling.com/
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Epicenter Cycling
8035 Soquel Drive
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Epicenter Bikes - Aptos (831) 662-8100 Not too far away from rental. They rent mountain bikes here and their sister shop a bit further away in Santa Cruz will rent beach cruisers. For a small fee and advance notice they can bring one type of bike to the other shop and vice versa. You can even rent from one shop and return it to the other shop location Please call to inquire/reserve https://epicentercycling.com/
Epicenter Bikes - Santa Cruz (831) 423-9000 They rent beach cruisers here and their sister shop closer to rental, in Aptos will rent mountain bikes . For a small fee and advance notice they can bring one type of bike to the other shop and vice versa. You can even rent from one shop and return it to the other shop location Please call to inquire/reserve https://epicentercycling.com/
Epicenter Cycling
1730 Mission Street
Epicenter Bikes - Santa Cruz (831) 423-9000 They rent beach cruisers here and their sister shop closer to rental, in Aptos will rent mountain bikes . For a small fee and advance notice they can bring one type of bike to the other shop and vice versa. You can even rent from one shop and return it to the other shop location Please call to inquire/reserve https://epicentercycling.com/
Essentials - Grocery, Rx, Hardware, Gasoline
Grocery, convenience and other important places to get your necessities.
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Deluxe Foods of Aptos
783 Rio Del Mar Boulevard
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Convenient and so much closer than either Home Depot, whether Capitola on 41st or Watsonville! Located in the newly renovated plaza.
Aptos Ace Hardware
72 Rancho Del Mar
Convenient and so much closer than either Home Depot, whether Capitola on 41st or Watsonville! Located in the newly renovated plaza.
Short drive on Rio Del Mar Blvd, toward CA Highway 1
CVS Pharmacy
783 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Short drive on Rio Del Mar Blvd, toward CA Highway 1
Deer Park Arco Atlantic Richfield | ARCO Gasoline Station Phone number (831) 688-1606 Address 795 Rio Del Mar Blvd Aptos, CA 95003 https://www.yelp.com/map/deer-park-arco-aptos
Arco
795 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Deer Park Arco Atlantic Richfield | ARCO Gasoline Station Phone number (831) 688-1606 Address 795 Rio Del Mar Blvd Aptos, CA 95003 https://www.yelp.com/map/deer-park-arco-aptos
Common Grocery Store, closer if heading toward Capitola from Aptos.
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Safeway
16 Rancho Del Mar
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Common Grocery Store, closer if heading toward Capitola from Aptos.
Get more Propane here for BBQ Very helpful and friendly Auto Service too
201 Sea Ridge Rd
201 Sea Ridge Rd
Get more Propane here for BBQ Very helpful and friendly Auto Service too
Beaches, Parks & Nature
Aptos and Monterey Bay beaches and parks https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=666
Rio Del Mar Beach is the main beach in the community of Rio Del Mar in Aptos, CA. It starts in the waterfront area at the end of Rio Del Mar Boulevard and continues south for almost a mile on Beach Drive to the end. There are public parking lots at both ends of Rio Del Mar Beach. Between these lots are street parking spaces along Beach Drive where a sidewalk promenade has stairs to the beach in various spots. This long wide sandy beach is the southern part of Seacliff State Beach. The rest of the state park is on the other side of Aptos Creek. From the creek area it is easy to see the pier and the famous concrete ship (SS Palo Alto) in the main part of Seacliff State.
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Rio Del Mar State Beach
201 State Park Drive
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Rio Del Mar Beach is the main beach in the community of Rio Del Mar in Aptos, CA. It starts in the waterfront area at the end of Rio Del Mar Boulevard and continues south for almost a mile on Beach Drive to the end. There are public parking lots at both ends of Rio Del Mar Beach. Between these lots are street parking spaces along Beach Drive where a sidewalk promenade has stairs to the beach in various spots. This long wide sandy beach is the southern part of Seacliff State Beach. The rest of the state park is on the other side of Aptos Creek. From the creek area it is easy to see the pier and the famous concrete ship (SS Palo Alto) in the main part of Seacliff State.
State beach that is versatile enough to also offers a variety of outdoor activities such as camping & hiking.
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Seacliff State Beach
State Park Drive
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State beach that is versatile enough to also offers a variety of outdoor activities such as camping & hiking.
Beach
Beer Can Beach
1094 Vía Palo Alto
Beach
Hidden Beach Park is a small, hard-to-find park in a creek ravine that empties out on a sandy beach in the Rio Del Mar community in Aptos. The park has grass lawns, a kids playground, and picnic tables. There are only eight spaces in the parking lot and the street is too narrow for shoulder parking. A small overflow lot is just down the street, but that’s it parking-wise. A paved ramp leads to a wide section of beach that is between housing developments built right on the sand. Half way down the hill are two benches next to the path that look out to the Pacific Ocean. To find Hidden Beach Park from Highway 1, take the Rio Del Mar Boulevard exit and follow it west to Cliff Drive which eventually ends at the parking lot.
Hidden Beach Playground
660 Cliff Drive
Hidden Beach Park is a small, hard-to-find park in a creek ravine that empties out on a sandy beach in the Rio Del Mar community in Aptos. The park has grass lawns, a kids playground, and picnic tables. There are only eight spaces in the parking lot and the street is too narrow for shoulder parking. A small overflow lot is just down the street, but that’s it parking-wise. A paved ramp leads to a wide section of beach that is between housing developments built right on the sand. Half way down the hill are two benches next to the path that look out to the Pacific Ocean. To find Hidden Beach Park from Highway 1, take the Rio Del Mar Boulevard exit and follow it west to Cliff Drive which eventually ends at the parking lot.
Platform Beach Aptos - Come here to go to the beach and avoid crowds. Sometimes you can see dolphins or even a rainbow in certain weather. If you go up the beach towards Moss landing just a little ways you can see dogs off a leash and they can run free, starting from the area with houses along the beachfront, right next platform Beach. Look for a parking spot outside the paid parking area, so you can park for free, not too far away.
Platform beach Aptos
660 Bayview Dr
Platform Beach Aptos - Come here to go to the beach and avoid crowds. Sometimes you can see dolphins or even a rainbow in certain weather. If you go up the beach towards Moss landing just a little ways you can see dogs off a leash and they can run free, starting from the area with houses along the beachfront, right next platform Beach. Look for a parking spot outside the paid parking area, so you can park for free, not too far away.
Local recreation area on 10+ acres, with picnic tables, a public lawn, a gazebo & various events.
Aptos Village County Park
100 Aptos Creek Road
Local recreation area on 10+ acres, with picnic tables, a public lawn, a gazebo & various events.
Sightseeing
Must see items in Aptos and other nearby Monterey Bay areas.
Decommissioned World War 1 Ship S.S. Palo Alto
S.S. Palo Alto
Decommissioned World War 1 Ship S.S. Palo Alto
World Famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
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World Famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Massage Spa, Beauty & Shopping
Spa, massage, facial, hair, nails and local boutique stores for unique shopping experiences.
Many boutique shops near the beach. https://www.capitolavillage.com/shopping/
Village Sea Glass
201 Monterey Ave
Many boutique shops near the beach. https://www.capitolavillage.com/shopping/
Get a massage here while on vacation, walk from out property. The place is right by the beach and small yet comfortable. The price for the massages are a steal for what you get. If you prefer, you may make reservations online and pay for it upfront, saving time.
Santa Cruz Massage Harbor
124 Marina Ave
Get a massage here while on vacation, walk from out property. The place is right by the beach and small yet comfortable. The price for the massages are a steal for what you get. If you prefer, you may make reservations online and pay for it upfront, saving time.
Nails and massage
Ocean Paradise Nail & Spa
275 Center Ave
Nails and massage
Spa Hair & Make-Up
Tranquille Spa Hair & Make-Up
3 Seascape Village
Spa Hair & Make-Up