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Aptos

Where charm and history meet redwoods and sea
The quaint town of Aptos is in an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County that includes the Rio Del Mar, Seacliff, and Seascape areas. It is also the home of historic Aptos Village, and the gateway to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Spend Saturday morning at the Monterey Bay Certified Farmer’s Market where locally-grown produce awaits. Guided tours and workshops add to the appeal of the market, where locals mingle with outof-towners breathing in the essence of sustainable agriculture. The charm of Aptos is captured in its idyllic village with 19th century facades and wooden walkways. The grounds of the Bayview Hotel Bed and Breakfast feature the second-oldest known magnolia tree in the world and the Victorian garden features a rose tree over 130 years old. Spend a relaxing day browsing through specialty boutiques and antique shops. For a more patriotic experience, Aptos’ “World’s Shortest Parade” on the Fourth of July morning includes nearly every Aptos resident — and pet — dressed in red, white and blue splendor. The celebration continues at Aptos Village Park, also the site for the annual Blues Festival in May. The Aptos History Museum houses a collection of artifacts and photographs tracing the history from native Ohlone Indians who named the area to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. For the outdoor enthusiast, the lush wilderness of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park lures hikers, runners, and bike riders with 30 miles of trails. Covering 10,000 acres, the park, once clear-cut by loggers, is a testament to forest regeneration where second-growth redwoods coexist with new foliage. Remnants of mill sites and trestles still exist in the park today. The Old Growth Loop Trail takes hikers past The Advocate, the largest redwood tree in the park, with a circumference of 45 feet. Seacliff State Beach is the perfect spot for a seaside picnic, complete with barbecue grills and shaded tables on a long stretch of sand. The S.S. Palo Alto, an experimental concrete ship, is docked at the end of the fishing pier. Each June, the vessel is honored at The Festival of the Cement Ship, with live music and a narrative of the ship’s history. The park’s interpretative center features historical exhibits and displays. Or, visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Interpretive Exhibit at the Seacliff State Beach visitor center, a wonderful way for visitors to explore the coastline from land.

the quaint town oF aptos is…the gateway to the Forest oF nisene marks state park

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“ ... pack a picnic and make a day of it amid the rugged wilderness of the forest of nisene Marks...”
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Photo: Tony Pagliaro

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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Contents
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
Locally Made
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
Maps
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Monterey Bay
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Scotts Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Pleasure Point
Aptos
Davenport
Restaurant Guide
Lodging Guide
Visitor Activities
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Welcome to Santa Cruz County
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Your Wildlife Watching Destination
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Field to Table
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Locally Made
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - From the Mountains to the Sea
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Culture and Creativity
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - 201163 Events Calendar
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Maps
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - A Wine Lover’s Paradise
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Monterey Bay
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Galleries and Museums
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - San Lorenzo Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Scotts Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Capitola and Soquel
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pleasure Point
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Aptos
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Davenport
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Restaurant Guide
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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