Aptos Beaches

Rio Del Mar Beach Sunrise
Rio Del Mar Beach Sunrise

Situated between the redwood forests and the pristine coastline of Monterey Bay, Aptos is home to a bevy of soft, sandy beaches where you can while away the hours in the sun and surf. Read more about these picturesque beaches in Aptos below!

Hit the Beach for Some Fun in the Sun at These Iconic Spots

Rio Del Mar is an ample, sandy Aptos beach that is fun for beach-goers of all ages. It faces Monterey Bay, enjoys free and plentiful parking space (a rare phenomenon in most beach towns), and is located close by Aptos’ best restaurants and shops. There are bathrooms on site, a wide breadth for activities, and a river nearby for a calmer place to play in the water if the beach gets a little crowded.

Located west of Rio Del Mar State Beach, Seacliff State Beach is another excellent beach to visit during your time in Aptos, especially if you’re more interested in exploring the natural beauty of the area and partaking in outdoor activities like hiking. Surfing is a popular activity here, as are fishing for flounder, mackerel, halibut, and perch. Picnic areas and fire pits are available nearby for making s’mores or cooking up the fresh fish you just caught.

Keep an eye out for all sorts of marine and bird species in the area, from sea lions, sea otters, seals, dolphins, and whales to sea stars, mussels, rock crabs, ocean worms, and a variety of fish. Also visible in the water: the S.S. Palo Alto, a unique concrete oil tanker made for service in World War I that has served as a casino, dance hall, arcade, and now an artificial reef for local marine life.

To the east of Rio Del Mar State Beach lie several locally-known Aptos beach, CA spots that are prime for surfing. Platform Beach, Beer Can Beach, Platform Beach, and Hidden Beach are all renowned for their surfing conditions, which often feature intense waves that will challenge surfers of all skill levels. Beer Can Beach is particularly ideal for bonfires on the beach, while Platform Beach is well-known for its cleanliness and immaculate condition. Hidden Beach, meanwhile, is known as one of the last mostly untouched beaches in the Santa Cruz area.

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