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    by atufft Written Jul 5, 2006

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    There are at least a dozen or so million dollar plus homes on the beach at Seacliff Beach, most of which appear at risk for a storm surge. Above, hanging on the edge of the cliff are many more. Some are big money with bad taste, others are architectural gems. The main stretch is the 1/2 mile or so between New Brighton and Seacliff Beaches.

    Mansions Between New Brighton & Seacliff Beaches Mansions Above and Below Seacliff Beach Pylons of Beach Houses at Seacliff Beach Blockhouse and Flag Taste on the Beach Rowhouse Beach Mansions
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    by atufft Written Jul 5, 2006

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    The nearly straight two mile stretch of beach is wide and very popular with both locals and tourists alike. It's less crowded than the beaches at Capitola or Santa Cruz, and the cliff behind makes it more scenic as well. The sand is very fine and white, and slopes gently into the water. Dogs are allowed, although dog owners can be fined for not cleaning up after their animals. Parking is close to the beach, and while the number of concessions nearby are limited to one good cafe, the cafe does serve the kind of grub one expects to get at the beach. Beach volleyball and other beach sports are also accomodated as there's an equipment rental concession. One of the best parts of this beach for some is the RV parking lot, which is right on the beach. Many RVer's bring out the barbeque equipment and party on 4th of July weekend, a busy time for any of the Santa Cruz beaches.

    RVe'rs on 4th of July at Sea Cliff Beach Seacliff Beach, Aptos Dogs Mingling at Seacliff Beach Food Concession at Seacliff Beach Seacliff Beach at Aptos
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    by atufft Written Jul 5, 2006

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    After the Seacliff Amusment Company abandoned the concrete ship, Palo Alto (see tip for Palo Alto), the ship became popular for fishing. Eventually, the sunken wreck became dangerous and was closed to the public. However, the water filled holds of the hull continues to attract marine life, and so fishing from the pier can be quite good. There's plenty of room and the pier is far less crowded than the Santa Cruz pier, for example, and while seals continue to be competitors for the fish so baited, angling is still very good here. Afterall, the Monterey Bay is largely off limits to commercial fishing, due to the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary off shore.

    Reeling in a Fish at Aptos Pier Fishing at Aptos Pier Ranger Station and Pier at Aptos Aptos Pier from Beneath View of Seacliff Beach from Pier
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Fishing

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Aptos Hotels

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  • Best Western Seacliff Inn

    Nice hotel located across the road from a mid size shopping precinct and very close to the Highway 1...

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  • Rio Sands Motel

    116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA, 95003, USA

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Seascape Resort

    Affordable luxury! We could not get an ocean view room, but got a "partial view" and WOW! Room 308,...

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  • Bayview Hotel

    8041 SOQUEL DRIVE, Aptos, CA 95003

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

  • Sand Rock Farm

    6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, California, 95003, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Apple Lane Inn

    6265 Soquel Drive, Aptos, California, 95003, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Manresa State Beach

    San Andreas Road, Aptos, California, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Rio Del Mar Home on Bluff Over Beach

    330 Kingsbury, , Aptos, California 95003

  • Mangels House

    Box 302, Aptos, California, 95001, United States

Aptos Restaurants

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    by Callavetta Written Jan 18, 2005

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    What self respecting Northern California seafood restaurant serves calamari fritti with cut up calamari steaks? Where are the tasty tenticles?

    Cafe Rio is one of those places you notice and think that you want to try, every time you go to the beach. So we went there for my Mother's birthday. And like those restaurants you notice, and promise yourself you'll try someday, they often disappoint.

    The location is great. Right on the beach and at sunset time the view was sublime. But beyond that, there wasn't really much else to rave about. Starting with paper table covers (this place is too expensive for paper table covers), then the diced up calamari steaks. My caesar salad was mediocre at best. Service was fine. But at the price, it was nothing special.

    the best thing about this place was the sunset

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  • by paulita1 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    legendary desserts -esp. the chocolate stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Favorite Dish: CHOCOLATE MOUSSE in a florentine cup with creme anglaise & bittersweet & milk chocolate sauces.

    order this instead of a chef's salad for your first course.

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