Welcome to Aptos
Filled with beaches and redwoods, this small community has much to offer
Combining the redwoods and the sea into one idyllic setting, Aptos is a quaint town that serves as home to the forested Nisene Marks State Park and a historic village that features an array of antique shops, restaurants, and boutiques.
The S.S. Palo Alto, also known as “The Cement Ship,” is a popular local landmark docked at the end of the Aptos fishing pier. An experimental concrete ship built as a tanker at the end of World War I, the 100-year-old vessel now elegantly leans to its starboard side and serves as an artificial reef for marine life.
Offering plenty of seascape areas perfect for picnicking, Aptos is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts who can play among 10,000 acres of forest or traverse a mile-long seaside paved path that runs parallel to the ocean. A vibrant town center is at the heart of Aptos, the pedestrian-friendly spot is full of ice cream shops and small-batch coffee cafes.
What to Love
- Miles of sandy beaches
- Old-growth Redwood Forrest and lots of nature
- A vibrant town center
Residents of Aptos can best be defined by their Fourth of July shenanigans. On this day, the majority of the town dresses their pets up in Americana fashions and parades them around town. This is a community with a strong neighborly vibe, and those who live here gather regularly to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
A variety of restaurants fill this small city. Local favorites include the Hideout Restaurant
, offering Californian cuisine and cocktails in a cozy 1930s cottage setting; Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant
, which serves traditional eats like enchiladas and tamales alongside generously portioned margaritas; Cafe Sparrow
, located in a restored post office and general store offering a casual yet elegant French dining experience; Aptos Street BBQ
, a down-home venue for BBQ dishes and a variety of local beers on tap; Severino’s Bar and Grill
, a refined hotel bistro offering classic California fare and live jazz; and Bittersweet Bistro
, featuring Mediterranean-inspired American cuisine and a dog-friendly patio.
Things to Do
At Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
there are over 40 miles of hiking trails and fire roads through 10,223 acres of variable terrain. Seascape Golf Course
, located only a half-mile away from the shores of the Pacific Ocean and framed by majestic Monterey pines, offers manicured fairways, rolling hills, and small, challenging greens.
There are several great schools in Aptos. Popular choices with great ratings include: