Guidebook for Aptos

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Guidebook for Aptos

Food Scene

Here’s a great list of places to eat and drink in Santa Cruz. https://sf.eater.com/maps/eat-drink-santa-cruz-california-food-restaurants-new-best-latest
Another classic Seacliff spot. Great margaritas and decent Mexican fare. Gets very crowded at night so come early! Walking distance from house.
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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
261 Center Avenue
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Another classic Seacliff spot. Great margaritas and decent Mexican fare. Gets very crowded at night so come early! Walking distance from house.
The famous Marianne's Ice Cream of Santa Cruz has opened a second location, and it's right in the heart of Seacliff -walking distance from the house! Enjoy their fantastic locally made ice creams with unique flavors (like lavender) either by the scoop, in a sundae, or by the pint. Excellent coffees and espresso drinks too! Be warned- it's an EXTREMELY popular ice cream shop so be prepared for a bit of a wait. Open late too!
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Marianne’s Ice Cream
218 State Park Dr
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The famous Marianne's Ice Cream of Santa Cruz has opened a second location, and it's right in the heart of Seacliff -walking distance from the house! Enjoy their fantastic locally made ice creams with unique flavors (like lavender) either by the scoop, in a sundae, or by the pint. Excellent coffees and espresso drinks too! Be warned- it's an EXTREMELY popular ice cream shop so be prepared for a bit of a wait. Open late too!
This is our go-to restaurant. Surprisingly good Indian food and a charming setting. Walking distance from house.
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Ambrosia India Bistro - Aptos
207 Sea Ridge Road
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This is our go-to restaurant. Surprisingly good Indian food and a charming setting. Walking distance from house.
A Seacliff classic since 1957! Burgers, fries, milkshakes, their famous chocolate dipped cones and more. They also have a basic breakfast menu and decent coffee. To avoid the "grease" factor, try the teriyaki chicken and rice bowl. Cute tshirts for sale. Walking distance from house.
Sno-White Drive-In
223 State Park Drive
A Seacliff classic since 1957! Burgers, fries, milkshakes, their famous chocolate dipped cones and more. They also have a basic breakfast menu and decent coffee. To avoid the "grease" factor, try the teriyaki chicken and rice bowl. Cute tshirts for sale. Walking distance from house.
With great beef, pork, chicken and even bison bbq options, a wide beer selection, and live blues, Aptos St. BBQ is TripAdvisors #2 restaurant in Aptos. Definitely try their slaw and if you get there late in the day some options will usually be sold out! Not to be missed if you like BBQ and Beer!
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Aptos St. BBQ
8059 Aptos Street
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With great beef, pork, chicken and even bison bbq options, a wide beer selection, and live blues, Aptos St. BBQ is TripAdvisors #2 restaurant in Aptos. Definitely try their slaw and if you get there late in the day some options will usually be sold out! Not to be missed if you like BBQ and Beer!
Great local coffee joint in the Rancho Del Mar shopping center with fresh and strong pour-over coffees, tasty pastries and free wifi.
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Aptos Coffee Roasting Co
19 Rancho Del Mar
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Great local coffee joint in the Rancho Del Mar shopping center with fresh and strong pour-over coffees, tasty pastries and free wifi.
A really good Mediterranean restaurant. Especially nice if you're looking for something a little different from the usual burgers/ mexican/ Indian.
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Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine
7528 Soquel Drive
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A really good Mediterranean restaurant. Especially nice if you're looking for something a little different from the usual burgers/ mexican/ Indian.
Great burgers and beers on tap - most of their beef is grass-fed. Lots of different options for toppings, and they have veggie burger options too. There's outdoor seating on the patio as well.
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burger. Aptos
1520 Mission Street
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Great burgers and beers on tap - most of their beef is grass-fed. Lots of different options for toppings, and they have veggie burger options too. There's outdoor seating on the patio as well.
One of our favorite local coffee shops- they roast their beans on the premises for truly fresh and yummy brewed coffee and coffee drinks. If you want something different from the usual latte, mocha and cappuccino try their cafe Borgia- it's a house specialty and our favorite espresso drink there!
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Pacific Coffee Roasting Co
7554 Soquel Drive
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One of our favorite local coffee shops- they roast their beans on the premises for truly fresh and yummy brewed coffee and coffee drinks. If you want something different from the usual latte, mocha and cappuccino try their cafe Borgia- it's a house specialty and our favorite espresso drink there!
If you're looking for the local deli- this is it. A wide selection of sandwiches, soup, salads and coffee. Located at the end of the Rancho Del Mar shopping center past the Rite-Aid.
Erik's DeliCafé
1664 Soquel Dr
If you're looking for the local deli- this is it. A wide selection of sandwiches, soup, salads and coffee. Located at the end of the Rancho Del Mar shopping center past the Rite-Aid.
If you're looking for a slice and a beer or a whole pie for the family, Pizza 1 is a great local pizzeria. Pre made slices are available to grab and go for a quick bite in lots of great combos, or order in and have your favorite beverage while sharing one of their yummy pies. Great for families and walking distance from the house!
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Pizza 1
253 Center Avenue
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If you're looking for a slice and a beer or a whole pie for the family, Pizza 1 is a great local pizzeria. Pre made slices are available to grab and go for a quick bite in lots of great combos, or order in and have your favorite beverage while sharing one of their yummy pies. Great for families and walking distance from the house!
Because really good food and great beers and wine go great together! A new option for dining and drinks in nearby Capitola. If you're looking for an option above the usual fare, the East End is worth checking out.
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East End Gastropub
1501 41st Ave
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Because really good food and great beers and wine go great together! A new option for dining and drinks in nearby Capitola. If you're looking for an option above the usual fare, the East End is worth checking out.
An Aptos fixture for years, Severino's is a surprisingly good restaurant and bar located in the Best Western Aptos Inn. A great option for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner. There's also live music on most Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
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Severino's Bar & Grill
7500 Old Dominion Court
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An Aptos fixture for years, Severino's is a surprisingly good restaurant and bar located in the Best Western Aptos Inn. A great option for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner. There's also live music on most Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Rated Aptos' #1 restaurant by Trip Advisor, Cafe Sparrow is a wonderful French country style restaurant that also features fantastic seafood options. It's been a local favorite for over 30 years. If you're looking for a really nice meal in a comfortable setting near the Seacliff House, we can say you won't be disappointed.
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Café Sparrow
8042 Soquel Drive
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Rated Aptos' #1 restaurant by Trip Advisor, Cafe Sparrow is a wonderful French country style restaurant that also features fantastic seafood options. It's been a local favorite for over 30 years. If you're looking for a really nice meal in a comfortable setting near the Seacliff House, we can say you won't be disappointed.
Cafe Rio is right at the beach in Rio Del Mar. It's a short drive or a longish, but doable, walk along Seacliff beach from the house. A wonderful setting for a sunset drink or dinner. Open from 3pm for happy hour, and from 5-9pm for dinner, it's also in Trip Advisor's top 10 restaurants in Aptos.
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Café Rio Aptos
131 Esplanade
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Cafe Rio is right at the beach in Rio Del Mar. It's a short drive or a longish, but doable, walk along Seacliff beach from the house. A wonderful setting for a sunset drink or dinner. Open from 3pm for happy hour, and from 5-9pm for dinner, it's also in Trip Advisor's top 10 restaurants in Aptos.
Our post bike ride favorite! Great burgers and Chimay on tap. Indoor and outdoor seating.
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burger. Aptos
1520 Mission Street
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Our post bike ride favorite! Great burgers and Chimay on tap. Indoor and outdoor seating.
A new (in 2021) taqueria specializing in handmade tamales. A great option if you’re looking for Mexican fare but might not have time for Manuels.
Casa Rossy
257 Center Avenue
A new (in 2021) taqueria specializing in handmade tamales. A great option if you’re looking for Mexican fare but might not have time for Manuels.
Oh we love our Peets and now there’s a local one in the Del Mar shopping center.
Peet's Coffee
50 Rancho Del Mar
Oh we love our Peets and now there’s a local one in the Del Mar shopping center.
“A fun twist on the cuisine of the Riviera from Nice to a bit past Genoa. From the mind of David Kinch of Manresa” Popular and fantastic.
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Mentone
174 Aptos Village Way
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“A fun twist on the cuisine of the Riviera from Nice to a bit past Genoa. From the mind of David Kinch of Manresa” Popular and fantastic.
Beer, wine, cocktails, pub grub and burgers. They have a doggie menu too! A great place to have a pint (or a margarita) and unwind.
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Parish Publick House
8017 Soquel Dr
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Beer, wine, cocktails, pub grub and burgers. They have a doggie menu too! A great place to have a pint (or a margarita) and unwind.

Entertainment & Activities

No trip to Aptos would be complete without a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! If you enjoy roller coasters there's just two words: Giant Dipper. And a few more-- balloon races, the band shell on the beach, cotton candy, dippin' dots, the log ride, the arcade, salt water taffy, Laughing Sal, the carousel ring toss, bumper cars, Sea Swings, and the Sky Glider. An absolute classic day out for the whole family.
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샌타크루즈 비치 보드웍
400 Beach Street
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No trip to Aptos would be complete without a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! If you enjoy roller coasters there's just two words: Giant Dipper. And a few more-- balloon races, the band shell on the beach, cotton candy, dippin' dots, the log ride, the arcade, salt water taffy, Laughing Sal, the carousel ring toss, bumper cars, Sea Swings, and the Sky Glider. An absolute classic day out for the whole family.
Another Santa Cruz classic. Ride the Roaring Camp railway through the redwoods from Felton to the Beach Boardwalk and back, or just take a train ride through the redwoods. It's also a great way to get to & from the Boardwalk and not have to deal with Boardwalk parking! Kids love it, and Roaring Camp Redwoods is another great park with an amazing Redwood forest for hiking and picnicking.
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Roaring Camp
5401 Graham Hill Road
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Another Santa Cruz classic. Ride the Roaring Camp railway through the redwoods from Felton to the Beach Boardwalk and back, or just take a train ride through the redwoods. It's also a great way to get to & from the Boardwalk and not have to deal with Boardwalk parking! Kids love it, and Roaring Camp Redwoods is another great park with an amazing Redwood forest for hiking and picnicking.

Everything Else

Excellent selection of natural foods.
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Aptos Natural Foods
7506 Soquel Drive
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Excellent selection of natural foods.

Drinks & Nightlife

Oh the ol' Med. What can we say? If you're looking for a truly local bar with the flavor of old Seacliff, this is it.
Mediterranean
265 Center Ave
Oh the ol' Med. What can we say? If you're looking for a truly local bar with the flavor of old Seacliff, this is it.
If you enjoy an exceptional Gin, Whiskey, Tequila, or Aquavit, this is the place in Santa Cruz to taste them. Technically it's a distillery, not a brewery, but it's a similar experience with distilling happening on the premises and a tasting room. Wonderful spirits in all categories, and make sure to try their Aquavit- it's our favorite.
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Venus Spirits Tasting Room
427 Swift St
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If you enjoy an exceptional Gin, Whiskey, Tequila, or Aquavit, this is the place in Santa Cruz to taste them. Technically it's a distillery, not a brewery, but it's a similar experience with distilling happening on the premises and a tasting room. Wonderful spirits in all categories, and make sure to try their Aquavit- it's our favorite.
A favorite local brewery and taproom serving their signature organic beers that also happens to serve great food. They also have an outdoor beer garden, and it's located in the Swift Street Courtyard along with lots of other food and drink options. A great stop on the way to or from Natural Bridges.
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Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
402 Ingalls Street
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A favorite local brewery and taproom serving their signature organic beers that also happens to serve great food. They also have an outdoor beer garden, and it's located in the Swift Street Courtyard along with lots of other food and drink options. A great stop on the way to or from Natural Bridges.

Parks & Nature

A hidden gem and one of California's truly beautiful State Parks. Wonderful trails under towering Redwoods that are great for walking, hiking or mountain biking. Perfect for the whole family.
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더 포레스트 오브 니신 마크스 주립공원
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A hidden gem and one of California's truly beautiful State Parks. Wonderful trails under towering Redwoods that are great for walking, hiking or mountain biking. Perfect for the whole family.
Seacliff Beach. Great sand, small to moderate surf, and best of all, a five minute walk from the house. Family friendly and free!
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Seacliff State Beach
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Seacliff Beach. Great sand, small to moderate surf, and best of all, a five minute walk from the house. Family friendly and free!
A great beach, and fun to see the remaining arch before its gone! The tide pools are a must see, and you might glimpse the monarch butterflies as they rest in the trees here on their yearly migration. For the best tide pool experience be sure to check the tide tables for the day of your visit- it's ideal to be there slightly before low tide.
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네츄럴 브리지스 스테이트 비치
2531 West Cliff Drive
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A great beach, and fun to see the remaining arch before its gone! The tide pools are a must see, and you might glimpse the monarch butterflies as they rest in the trees here on their yearly migration. For the best tide pool experience be sure to check the tide tables for the day of your visit- it's ideal to be there slightly before low tide.

Essentials

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Safeway
16 Rancho Del Mar
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A little bit of everything- from food to fishing gear. Need something in a hurry? It's right down the street.
Seacliff Plaza Store
219 State Park Drive
A little bit of everything- from food to fishing gear. Need something in a hurry? It's right down the street.
If you need some basics and Safeway doesn't have it, Rite Aid probably does.
Rite Aid
901 Soquel Avenue
If you need some basics and Safeway doesn't have it, Rite Aid probably does.

Sightseeing

A must-see when you're in Aptos. The S.S. Palo Alto has been at the end of the pier at Seacliff State Beach since 1929! Although you can no longer board the old ship, it's worth the walk to the end if the pier to get as close as possible to the old gal.
S.S. Palo Alto
A must-see when you're in Aptos. The S.S. Palo Alto has been at the end of the pier at Seacliff State Beach since 1929! Although you can no longer board the old ship, it's worth the walk to the end if the pier to get as close as possible to the old gal.
The town next door to Aptos / Seacliff is Capitola. A wonderful array of restaurants, shops, bars, a movie theatre and Capitola Beach make it worthy day trip.
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Capitola
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The town next door to Aptos / Seacliff is Capitola. A wonderful array of restaurants, shops, bars, a movie theatre and Capitola Beach make it worthy day trip.