Aptos

You’ll certainly never get bored with the terrain (enough said), delicious restaurants, or the host of outdoor activities available year-round.

Welcome to Aptos

In the Aptos Community
 
Aptos lays claim to a huge swathe of Santa Cruz County, reaching from the pristine beaches to the redwooded mountains, to the sunny Aptos Hills. You’ll certainly never get bored with the terrain (enough said), delicious restaurants, or the host of outdoor activities available year-round. Here’s some perspective: we love Aptos so much, we decided to open our office here. Contact us today to discover Aptos real estate and the community with us.
 
 
 

Food

Aptos is a treasure trove of cuisine options, with each pocket of the community vying to be your favorite. Good news: this means you can’t go wrong with your choice.
 
Quaint Aptos Village features favorites like Aptos Street BBQParish Publick House, and Akira Sushi – locals flock to these spots every night of the week, and each is pretty easy on the wallet as well. Also in the Village, Cantine Winepub offers a local selection of wines and beers. We suggest snagging a spot on the outdoor deck, which unexpectedly opens up to the treetops of a verdant gorge. For a more elevated culinary experience, you’ll have to make a reservation at Mentone (thank us later). And don’t take our word for it: The Michelin Guide agrees, and awarded this young Italian restaurant a Bib Gourmand recognition in 2021.
 
In the Seacliff neighborhood, you’ll see a line forming outside of Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant around dinner time. Since 1965, this family owned operation has served up killer cuisine and created generations of devoted eaters in the process. Afterwards, stop by Marianne’s Ice Cream for a house-made scoop (or three).
 
We have another Mexican restaurant you don’t want to miss over in Seascape: Palapas. A local favorite, you’ll want to stay for the delicious food, great bar, and incredible coastal views.
 
If you’re looking for more of a sip than a savor experience, the Corralitos Wine Trail reaches the sunny Aptos Hills, where you can enjoy locally grown varietals. Strock Office favorites include Alfaro Family VineyardsLester Estate Wines, and Nicholson Vineyards. Each has a gorgeous tasting room and manicured grounds that allow you to fully enjoy the stunning valley.
 
 

Family

If you’re on the hunt for your next dream home, Aptos gives you options. Settle into a sweet beach bungalow in Seacliff, Rio del Mar, or Seascape to get as close to the surf as possible. Homes range from townhomes, to cozy craftsmans, to large estates overlooking the sea.
 
For another option, venture down Trout Gulch Rd, past Aptos Village, up into the redwoods. Reminiscent of Lake Tahoe, you’ll find plenty of options snuggled between the cozy folds of the mountains. And yes, hopefully you’ll be able to hunt down a few of our locally loved Banana Slug neighbors!
 
For more space, check out Day Valley or Larkin Valley for a country estate with acreage. Pssst – if you’re solar-powered, these valleys are some of the sunniest patches of Santa Cruz County!
 
There you have it! Aptos delivers when it comes to food, fun, fitness, and family. So, what’s your next move?
 
 

Fun

We’ll say it again: you’ll never be bored in Aptos. Let’s ease into the activities with an easy one: beachin’, which is the art of enjoying the Monterey Bay Coastline. Us? We like posting up on Seacliff State Beach (which is only steps from Strock HQ!) with a beach chair and a good book. We’re also fans of boogie boarding, surfing, or just strolling the sand. Rio del Mar BeachHidden Beach, and Seascape Beach are all great options for getting your toes in the sand.
 
For something a little more invigorating, you have to check out our beloved Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. It will only take you about 10 minutes max to get the park from the beach, but you’ll feel like you were transported through several timezones into a totally new part of the country. Here, you can hike or mountain bike to your heart’s content – and keep an eye out for Banana Slugs! We’re big fans of them around here.
 
You can also shred at Seacliff Skatepark or Monte Family Skatepark. The latter has an additional dirt pumptrack, if you want to prep for barreling down hills in Nisene.
 
Seascape offers a couple of additional fitness options for the fam – Seascape Golf Course features beautifully maintained greens that weave through the groves of eucalyptus. It’s set back from the coastline, and you’ll feel those soft ocean breezes on every fairway. The Seascape Sports Club gives you even more to choose from: tennis courts, a fitness center, pickleball courts, and even a junior Olympic swimming pool that’s heated year round!
 
 

Fitness

We’ll say it again: you’ll never be bored in Aptos. Let’s ease into the activities with an easy one: beachin’, which is the art of enjoying the Monterey Bay Coastline. Us? We like posting up on Seacliff State Beach (which is only steps from Strock HQ!) with a beach chair and a good book. We’re also fans of boogie boarding, surfing, or just strolling the sand. Rio del Mar BeachHidden Beach, and Seascape Beach are all great options for getting your toes in the sand.
 
For something a little more invigorating, you have to check out our beloved Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. It will only take you about 10 minutes max to get the park from the beach, but you’ll feel like you were transported through several timezones into a totally new part of the country. Here, you can hike or mountain bike to your heart’s content – and keep an eye out for Banana Slugs! We’re big fans of them around here.
 
You can also shred at Seacliff Skatepark or Monte Family Skatepark. The latter has an additional dirt pumptrack, if you want to prep for barreling down hills in Nisene.
 
Seascape offers a couple of additional fitness options for the fam – Seascape Golf Course features beautifully maintained greens that weave through the groves of eucalyptus. It’s set back from the coastline, and you’ll feel those soft ocean breezes on every fairway. The Seascape Sports Club gives you even more to choose from: tennis courts, a fitness center, pickleball courts, and even a junior Olympic swimming pool that’s heated year round!
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Overview for Aptos, CA

25,230 people live in Aptos, where the median age is 49.7 and the average individual income is $63,183. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

25,230

Total Population

49.7 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$63,183

Average individual Income

Around Aptos, CA

There's plenty to do around Aptos, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
11
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Ser Winery Tasting Room, Shockwave, and Salamandre Wine Cellars.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.45 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.1 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 1.4 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.56 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.93 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.87 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Aptos, CA

Aptos has 10,028 households, with an average household size of 2.51. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Aptos do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 25,230 people call Aptos home. The population density is 691 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

25,230

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

49.7

Median Age

46.07 / 53.93%

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Total Households

2.51

Average Household Size

$63,183

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Schools in Aptos, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Aptos. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Mar Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
St Abraham's Classical Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Rio del Mar Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
Santa Cruz Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 9th
No rating available
Twin Lakes Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Aptos Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
Valencia Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5
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