Located along the Pacific Coast of California is the scenic, unincorporated community of Aptos, Ca. Aptos is a moderately small area consisting of six small communities known as Rio Del Mar, Seascape, La Selva Beach, Seacliff, Aptos Village and Larkin Valley equaling roughly 25,000 residents. Aptos real estate offers a variety of residences from Mediterranean style villas, golf course homes, beachfront townhouses and country living homes with acreage further inland.
While Aptos is a small town in comparison to the adjoining areas of Santa Cruz County it offers a plentiful amount of recreational activities for local residents and traveling tourists alike. Historically, Aptos focuses closely on ranching, hunting, logging and apple farming, whereas in recent times the community has formed a more tourist-orientated community with the Seascape Resort, Cement Ship and Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center. With two California state parks, The Forest of Nisene Marks State ark and Seacliff State Beach, and numerous sandy public and private beaches Aptos is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, surfers, body boarders, bird watchers, fishers and family beach goers. Nisene Marks also contains the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.
In-spite of all the tourists and beach goers from over the summit Aptos, Ca has remained a true “mom and pop shop” town with local business’ such as the Aptos Cinemas, Brittania Arms, Manuel’s Restaurant, Ma Masion, Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine and Snow Whites. Aptos offers a wide range of educational opportunities for all ages from private schools such as Santa Cruz Montessori, Twin Lakes Christian School and Aptos Academy to the public schools of Mar Vista Elementary, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos Junior High, Aptos High School and Cabrillo Community College.
While the local surf spots of Aptos are not as popular as those in the neighboring areas of Capitola and Santa Cruz, locals of the Aptos community frequently visit “Platforms” and “Beer Can” beach. Aptos Village hosts two popular events every year; the annual Fourth of July “World’s Shortest Parade” which is about one-fourth of a mile long and the Aptos Blues Festival where performers such as Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Robert Cray, Coco Montoyo and an arrangement of others have performed.
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