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Aptos is a seaside village located in Santa Cruz County along California Highway 1, just south of San Francisco. The terrain consists of coastal hills and mountains, towering redwoods, fertile farmlands, beaches and ocean cliffs, making it one of the most scenic spots along the California coast. Besides the beautiful windswept beaches and sand dunes, other attractions in the Aptos area include the Palo Alto Cement Ship, Aptos History Museum, world class wineries and art galleries. Nature lovers will want to see the Butterflies at Natural Bridges, the sea lions at Ano Nuevo, or take a whale watching boat cruise. Aptos holds several special events such as farmer's markets, arts and crafts fairs, and free musical and theatrical productions. The town of Aptos is just a few miles from other spectacular coastal attractions such as the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, the Monterey Bay and Point Lobos, and famous Pebble Beach. Accommodations in the area are vast and range from beautifully decorated bed and breakfasts to beachfront hotels and inns. Camping is also available in area state parks. Aptos retains its small town atmosphere while being in the midst of some of the most visited areas of the state, making it the perfect base for your next California coast vacation.

Surrounding areas: Rio del Mar, California (1.0 mi), Capitola, California (2.6 mi), La Selva Beach, California (3.9 mi), Corralitos, California (5.7 mi), Santa Cruz, California (6.6 mi), Watsonville, California (9.0 mi), Monterey Bay, California (12.6 mi)

Aptos Vacation Rentals




Aptos Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Rio Sands Motel116 Aptos BCH DrAptos, CA (831) 688-3207
Seacliff Inn Best Western7500 Old Dominion CTAptos, CA (831) 688-7300
Seascape Resort1 Seascape Resort DrAptos, CA (831) 688-6800
Chaminade1 Chaminade LnSanta Cruz, CA4.3 mi.(831) 475-5600
Santa Cruz Inn2950 Soquel AveSanta Cruz, CA4.3 mi.(831) 475-6322
Motel Continental414 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.1 mi.(831) 429-1221
Best Inn & Suites600 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.2 mi.(831) 458-9660
Best Western All Suites Inn500 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.2 mi.(831) 458-9898
Comfort Inn - Beach & Boardwalk314 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.2 mi.(831) 471-9999
Santa Cruz Travelodge525 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.2 mi.(831) 426-2300
Super 8 Motel321 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.2 mi.(831) 423-9449
Super 8 Motel338 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA6.2 mi.(831) 426-3707
Victorian Inn Motel516 Water StSanta Cruz, CA6.2 mi.(831) 426-6111
Quality Inn1101 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.3 mi.(831) 427-1616
Best Western Inn Santa Cruz126 Plymouth StSanta Cruz, CA6.4 mi.(831) 425-4717
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz1505 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA6.4 mi.(831) 457-8000
Casa Blanca Motel101 Main StSanta Cruz, CA6.5 mi.(831) 423-1570
Palomar Inn1344 Pacific AveSanta Cruz, CA6.6 mi.(831) 423-7000
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley6001 Ln Madrona DrSanta Cruz, CA6.8 mi.(831) 440-1000
Mission Inn Motel2250 MSN StSanta Cruz, CA6.8 mi.(831) 425-5455
Peachview Inn157 Franklin St #51Santa Cruz, CA6.8 mi.(831) 426-3575
Ramada LTD130 W CLF DrSanta Cruz, CA6.8 mi.(831) 423-7737
Inn Cal370 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA7.8 mi.(831) 458-9220
Pacific Inn330 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA7.8 mi.(831) 425-3772
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA7.8 mi.(831) 728-2300
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA8.1 mi.(831) 728-4144
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA8.3 mi.(831) 728-3600
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA9.0 mi.(831) 724-8881
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA9.3 mi.(831) 724-3367
Econo Lodge9733 Hwy 9Ben Lomond, CA12.3 mi.(831) 336-2292
Toll House Hotel140 S Santa Cruz AveLos Gatos, CA17.0 mi.(408) 395-7070
Courtyard By Marriott18610 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA17.1 mi.(408) 782-6034
Residence Inn By Marriott Morgan Hill/San Jose18620 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA17.1 mi.(800) 331-3131
Extended Stay America605 Jarvis DrMorgan Hill, CA18.1 mi.(408) 779-9660
Comfort Inn16225 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.3 mi.(408) 778-3400
Microtel Inn & Suites16245 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.3 mi.(408) 782-5000
Ramada Morgan Hill/San Jose16115 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.3 mi.(408) 779-7666
Executive Inn Suites16505 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.4 mi.(408) 778-0404
Quality Inn16525 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA18.4 mi.(888) 434-1444
Lodge At Villa Felice15350 S Winchester BlvdLos Gatos, CA18.6 mi.(408) 395-6710
 
Bed & Breakfast
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA2.4 mi.(831) 462-3376
The Hensley House Bed And Breakfast Inn456 N Third StSan Jose, CA24.8 mi.(408) 298-3537
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA29.5 mi.(831) 625-2585

Aptos Weather & Climate

The Central Pacific Coast, between San Francisco and the Monterey Bay, enjoys a mild, Mediterranean type climate. It can be cloudy and damp in the wintertime but spring through fall is sunny, warm and dry - perfect for enjoying the area's beaches. This region that is at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay does not experience much variation in daytime temperatures, but nights are generally cooler in winter than in summer. The rainy season runs late October through early April, with the rest of the year experiencing only a trace of precipitation. Early morning fog is common along the coast in the summertime, due to warm air moving across the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Due to very dry conditions in summer, wildfire is always a threat in the forested mountain regions and in winter, mudslides can occur on mountain roads when lots of rain is received over a period of a few days.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 40°F 6.49 in. 55°F
February 62°F 42°F 6.15 in. 56°F
March 64°F 43°F 4.78 in. 56°F
April 68°F 44°F 1.97 in. 57°F
May 71°F 47°F 0.70 in. 57°F
June 74°F 50°F 0.18 in. 59°F
July 74°F 52°F 0.14 in. 62°F
August 75°F 53°F 0.11 in. 64°F
September 75°F 52°F 0.41 in. 63°F
October 72°F 48°F 1.44 in. 61°F
November 65°F 43°F 4.08 in. 60°F
December 60°F 39°F 4.22 in. 57°F

Aptos Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located about 26 miles north of Aptos in San Jose, California, the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located approximately 27 miles south of Aptos in Monterey, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located roughly 51 miles northwest of Aptos in San Francisco, California, and finally the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located around 53 miles northwest of Aptos in Oakland, California.

Aptos Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA6.8 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA18.9 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA25.9 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA60.2 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA69.2 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA79.9 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA86.7 mi.
 
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA24.7 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA69.2 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA77.8 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA112.9 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA119.2 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA 
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA5.0 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA6.6 mi.
Valley Gardens Golf CourseScotts ValleyCA7.4 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA9.0 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA9.0 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA19.2 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA19.2 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA19.2 mi.
Cinnabar Hills Golf ClubSan JoseCA22.4 mi.
Los Lagos Golf CourseSan JoseCA22.4 mi.
Santa Teresa Golf ClubSan JoseCA22.4 mi.
The Ranch Golf ClubSan JoseCA22.4 mi.
Deep Cliff Golf CourseCupertinoCA24.2 mi.
Blackberry Farm Golf CourseCupertinoCA24.8 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA25.1 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseSan JoseCA25.4 mi.
Pruneridge Golf CourseSanta ClaraCA25.6 mi.
Santa Clara Golf & Tennis ClubSanta ClaraCA25.6 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA25.8 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA25.9 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA26.4 mi.
Sunken Gardens Golf CourseSunnyvaleCA26.4 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA26.6 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA26.9 mi.
San Jose Municipal Golf CourseSan JoseCA27.3 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA27.7 mi.
Sunnyvale Municipal Golf CourseSunnyvaleCA29.8 mi.
 
State Parks
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA8.3 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA10.1 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA12.0 mi. 
Castle Rock State ParkCA20.5 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA21.0 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA21.1 mi. 
Big Basin Redwoods State ParkCA22.0 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA24.6 mi. 
Ano Nuevo Island State ParkCA24.7 mi. 
Cascade Ranch State ParkCA26.2 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA26.7 mi. 
Butano State ParkCA27.2 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA27.2 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA36.0 mi. 
 
Museums
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA2.5 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA6.8 mi.(Science)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA17.3 mi.(Technology)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA17.9 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA24.7 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA24.7 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA24.7 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA24.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA24.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA24.7 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA24.7 mi.(Children's)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA25.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA25.8 mi.(History)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA25.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA25.9 mi.(Technology)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA26.4 mi.(History)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA39.4 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA39.4 mi.(Technology)
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCA41.2 mi.(Technology)
Silicon Valley Art MuseumBelmontCA42.4 mi.(Art)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA24.7 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA26.4 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA60.2 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA61.6 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA61.6 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA79.9 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA86.7 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA112.9 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA119.2 mi.


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