Castro Adobe to Open this Summer

The famous Castro Adobe in Larkin Valley will be held open for three weekends this summer. The Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will be holding the home open to visitors on June 12th and 13th, July 10th and 11th, and August 14th and 15th. The Adobe will be open on each of those days […]

Borregas Creek Gulch

The original boundaries of the Aptos Rancho, granted to Rafael Castro in 1840, extended north all the way to Borregas Creek Gulch. Today, Aptos extends past Borregas Creek, all the way to Park Avenue and the present-day border of Soquel. Borregas Creek runs all the way down to Pot Belly Beach and, when it’s running, […]

The Castro House in Aptos

The Castro House in Aptos is one of the oldest remaining structures in Aptos. It was originally built by Vicente Castro in 1870s. Vicente Castro was the son of Rafael Castro, who originally received the 5000 acre land grant for Aptos Rancho from Mexican Governor Jose Figuroa in 1833. Today the Castro House is the […]