"Aptos Has Better Beach Action Than Santa Cruz" Aptos by atufft

Aptos Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 30 photos

Small Affluent Town Has Scenic Cliff Downtown

Aptos isn't as well known as Santa Cruz, nor does it have the range of potential activities, but the beach action there is as good as it gets in along the north shore of the Monterey Bay. See the Seacliff and New Brighton Beach Things To Do tips for more details. The dramatic and steep streets leading to the beach are an attraction in themselves.

Historic Wreck Palo Alto at the End of the Pier

The Palo Alto was a ship brought from Oakland for the purpose of day cruises direct from the pier. Unfortunately, after only two years the business went bust, and the ship was left as a feature of the pier. Then after a storm surge cracked the hull in two, and the concrete ship sank where it was docked. Many young people recall the time when a person could amble onto the wreck, but due to safety concerns the wreck is now fenced off from the pier. It remains now a bird and fish santuary. See the Things To Do tip on the Pier and Palo Alto for more information and links for this historical sea treasure.

New Brighton Beach between Aptos and Capitola

One of the favorite state beaches in the area is New Brighton State Beach that lies between Capitola and Aptos Beach. The whole stretch is easy to walk and makes for good exercise. See the tips on this beach for more details. The beachside and hilltop mansions in this area are a scenic path in itself.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great Beaches
  • Cons:Limited Other Activities
  • In a nutshell:Aptos and Its Beaches are Great Destinations For Sun and Water Worshipers
  • Last visit to Aptos: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 5, 2006
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  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Nice to see a beach where dogs are welcome. The wreck of the Palo Alto looks pretty cool and seems to provide a nice artificial reef. I’ll have to check this beach out the next time I am in the area. -Steve

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    This sounds like a really cool place to spend some time--late Feb???? The old cement freighter and the long beach would be great---walking, reading, flying stunt kites....Thanks

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Looks a nice place to go and relax

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2006 at 10:24 AM

    Alan!! gret page and tips.. about fishing. But I love the seals at Monterey. :-)


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