Along California's coastal Highway 1 lies the charming seaside town of Aptos. On an ideal location on the Central California Coast, Aptos vacation rentals are surrounded by both giant redwoods inland at Nisene Marks State Park and the stunning ocean views at Seacliff State Beach.
On Saturdays make your way to the Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College to pick up farm fresh produce, artisan cheeses, locally produced olive oils, and more for memorable dinners back at your Aptos beach cottage. Not in the mood for cooking? Aptos is home to more than 50 restaurants including the delectable French dishes at local favorite Au Midi and plates of down-home comfort (along with plenty of craft beers) at Aptos Street BBQ. An 18-minute drive into the surrounding mountains to Soquel Vineyards will reward you with both wine tasting and lunch, as handmade gourmet pizza samples are typically handed out along with the tastes of zinfandel and chardonnay.
Outdoor fans should head to Manresa State Beach for swimming, beach combing, surfing, fishing, or maybe just a picnic by the shore. Easy day trips from Aptos include strolling the popular Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for amusement park rides and entertainment, or a day at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium to view the wonders of the ocean, a mere 45-minute drive to the south. A unique way to sightsee the area is from Santa Cruz Bike Tours, where excursions include brewery and winery visits, as well as mountain bike adventures through the redwoods.
If your vacation falls during the 4th of July, attend the "World's Shortest Parade", which follows a two-block route in downtown Aptos and features antique fire trucks, food, music, and more local attractions at the end.
One thing is for sure, whatever time of year you stay in our Aptos vacation rentals, you'll be in for a sunny California vacation.