Guidebook for Aptos

Kitty And Michael
Kitty And Michael
Guidebook for Aptos

Sightseeing

Quaint little village next to a great beach. Great stores and food. For some great events, go to http://www.capitolavillage.com. The famous Wharf to Wharf race is toward the end of July. See more below.
Capitola Village
Shoreview Dr
Quaint little village next to a great beach. Great stores and food. For some great events, go to http://www.capitolavillage.com. The famous Wharf to Wharf race is toward the end of July. See more below.

Essential places to buy food

Where to go besides Safeway
See under Food Scene
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New Leaf Community Markets
161 Aptos Heights
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See under Food Scene
They are very large and carry both local organic and standard stuff.
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Deluxe Foods of Aptos
783 Rio Del Mar Boulevard
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They are very large and carry both local organic and standard stuff.
Small but with a great selection.
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Aptos Natural Foods
7506 Soquel Drive
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Small but with a great selection.

Food Scene

Our recommendations for where to eat.
Fantastic food and beautiful decor. Great selection for Vegans, Vegetarians and meat eaters.
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Bangkok West
2505 Cabrillo College Drive
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Fantastic food and beautiful decor. Great selection for Vegans, Vegetarians and meat eaters.
Great Indian Food. Vegan, Vegetarian and meat.
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Ambrosia India Bistro - Aptos
207 Sea Ridge Road
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Great Indian Food. Vegan, Vegetarian and meat.
A Huge and new Health Food Store right in Aptos Village. It is not only a health food store but they also have a deli with a place to eat outside. It is in the long white antique Apple Barn in the newly developed part of Aptos Village. You can access it from Trout Gulch Rd., Cathedral Drive. or Aptos Creek Rd.
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New Leaf Community Markets
161 Aptos Heights
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A Huge and new Health Food Store right in Aptos Village. It is not only a health food store but they also have a deli with a place to eat outside. It is in the long white antique Apple Barn in the newly developed part of Aptos Village. You can access it from Trout Gulch Rd., Cathedral Drive. or Aptos Creek Rd.
French cuisine: yummy but a little pricey. It is also close to our place - about a 7 min. drive.
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Café Sparrow
8042 Soquel Drive
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French cuisine: yummy but a little pricey. It is also close to our place - about a 7 min. drive.
I'm a vegetarian so I don't eat here but my meat-eating guests have told me it is the best BBQ they have ever had. They have live Blues Music as night so it is pretty loud.
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Aptos St. BBQ
8059 Aptos Street
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I'm a vegetarian so I don't eat here but my meat-eating guests have told me it is the best BBQ they have ever had. They have live Blues Music as night so it is pretty loud.
Great place to take kids for a wonderful meal.
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Carpo's Restaurant
2400 Porter Street
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Great place to take kids for a wonderful meal.
A bit loud - but the music is live!
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Michael's on Main
2591 S Main St
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A bit loud - but the music is live!
Loud but very popular and yummy.
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Manuel's Mexican Restaurant
261 Center Avenue
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Loud but very popular and yummy.
Some of the best Mediterranean Afghan Cuisine you'll ever have! But be sure to make reservations!
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Laili
101 Cooper Street
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Some of the best Mediterranean Afghan Cuisine you'll ever have! But be sure to make reservations!
The Shadowbrook is probably the oldest and most famous of any restaurant in Santa Cruz County. It is truly amazing and you'll definitely need reservations!
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Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Road
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The Shadowbrook is probably the oldest and most famous of any restaurant in Santa Cruz County. It is truly amazing and you'll definitely need reservations!
Owned by the Shadowbrook owners, this is also beautiful - but a little cheaper.
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Crow's Nest Restaurant
2218 East Cliff Drive
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Owned by the Shadowbrook owners, this is also beautiful - but a little cheaper.
Authentic Mexican food - fast but good.
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Taqueria Los Gordos
7488 Soquel Drive
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Authentic Mexican food - fast but good.

Parks & Nature

Miles of trials in the Redwoods. Just 10 or 15 minutes from our place. You can rent mountain bikes at Epicenter Bike Shop on Aptos Creek Rd. at the entrance to the park - there are miles of bike trials in the park.
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더 포레스트 오브 니신 마크스 주립공원
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Miles of trials in the Redwoods. Just 10 or 15 minutes from our place. You can rent mountain bikes at Epicenter Bike Shop on Aptos Creek Rd. at the entrance to the park - there are miles of bike trials in the park.
This beach is part of a 10 mile stretch of beach: it is next to Seacliff Beach which charges an entrance fee. Rio Del Mar doesn't.
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리오 델 마르 비치
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This beach is part of a 10 mile stretch of beach: it is next to Seacliff Beach which charges an entrance fee. Rio Del Mar doesn't.
Take the 1 mile level walk through the giant virgin Redwoods: enter from Hwy 9. Very few of the virgin (never cut down) Redwoods are in Santa Cruz Co: this is the closest place to see them from Aptos. The other place is the Big Basin State Park past Boulder Creek.
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헨리 코웰 레드우즈 주립공원
101 North Big Trees Park Road
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Take the 1 mile level walk through the giant virgin Redwoods: enter from Hwy 9. Very few of the virgin (never cut down) Redwoods are in Santa Cruz Co: this is the closest place to see them from Aptos. The other place is the Big Basin State Park past Boulder Creek.
You can Kayak up the Elk Horne Slough and see a lot of Sea Otters, Sea Lions and Sea Birds. Quite an adventure.
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Kayak Connection
2370 California 1
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You can Kayak up the Elk Horne Slough and see a lot of Sea Otters, Sea Lions and Sea Birds. Quite an adventure.
We have whales here just about year round and they hover around the deep underwater canyon that goes out through the bay from Elk Horne Slough in Moss Landing.
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Sea Goddess Whale Watching
7881 Sandholdt Rd
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We have whales here just about year round and they hover around the deep underwater canyon that goes out through the bay from Elk Horne Slough in Moss Landing.

Fun Places to Go

You can take a Narrow Gauge Antique train up into the Redwoods up the mountain or to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - and save on parking!
You can take a old narrow gauge rail road up into the mountains or to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
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Roaring Camp
5401 Graham Hill Road
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You can take a old narrow gauge rail road up into the mountains or to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Fascinating and Historic.
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The Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Road
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Fascinating and Historic.
There are lots of wonderful shops and restaurants in the village and a wonderful beach with Soquel Creek that forms a small Lake near the ocean on the beach. There is also a wharf you can walk on and it is the final destination of the famous "Wharf to Wharf" race held in July. It is named Capitola because the founders back in the 1800s were hoping to make it the Capitol of California. Go figure!
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Capitola
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There are lots of wonderful shops and restaurants in the village and a wonderful beach with Soquel Creek that forms a small Lake near the ocean on the beach. There is also a wharf you can walk on and it is the final destination of the famous "Wharf to Wharf" race held in July. It is named Capitola because the founders back in the 1800s were hoping to make it the Capitol of California. Go figure!
An old fashioned Beach Boardwalk. During the summer, if you go between 5 and 11pm, all rides are a single ticket - instead of 3 - 6! They also have free concerts on the beach during the summer on Friday nights at 6 and 8pm. There is also an arcade with lots of fun games. Admission is free.
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샌타크루즈 비치 보드웍
400 Beach Street
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An old fashioned Beach Boardwalk. During the summer, if you go between 5 and 11pm, all rides are a single ticket - instead of 3 - 6! They also have free concerts on the beach during the summer on Friday nights at 6 and 8pm. There is also an arcade with lots of fun games. Admission is free.
It is one of the best Aquariums in the world! Buy your tickets on-line so you can get in quicker.
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몬터레이 베이 수족관
886 Cannery Row
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It is one of the best Aquariums in the world! Buy your tickets on-line so you can get in quicker.