The Palo Alto by Diane Turner

The Palo Alto, a ship made of concrete, was originally built as a tanker for the war effort, but when the war ended she was still under construction, so, in time, she was hauled here from Oakland, moored at Seacliff Beach Pier on Monterey Bay, and turned into a party ship, all dressed up in […]

Seacliff Mural Unveiling

Come to the Seacliff Mural Unveiling on Saturday, September 19th at 4 PM! The new mural graces the corner of Broadway and Center in Seacliff, and depicts the moment when the SS Palo Alto arrived at Seacliff Beach. It’s a beautiful mural and will be a focal point of Seacliff Village for many years to […]

Sandman Triathlon Returns for Its 30th Year

The Sandman Triathlon returns for its 30th year this summer! The Sandman Triathlon is a fundraiser for the Santa Cruz State Parks Lifeguard Association held at Seacliff State Beach.  This year, the race will be held on Sunday, August 2nd at 8:00 AM. The Sandman Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event.  It begins with a […]

Walk Through Seacliff’s Amazing Past

The folks down at the Seacliff Visitor Center are putting on an event dubbed Walk Through Seacliff’s Amazing Past. It’s a 50 minute walk held on Sunday August 10th and 24th, and it starts at 11:30 AM down at the visitor’s center. Participants will learn about the history of the SS Palo Alto, and how […]

Memorial Day at Seacliff Beach

Aptos has a reputation for being a foggy place. Blame it on the Monterey Bay, which has the second deepest ocean canyon in the world, with lots of super cold water that generates when it’s hot inland. I personally think it’s somewhat blown out of proportion – yes, we have a lot of foggy mornings, […]

The SS Palo Alto (the Cement Boat)

If there is one image that identifies Aptos, California it would have to be that of The SS Palo Alto (the Cement Boat), the sunken concrete ship on the shore of Seacliff State Beach. A lot of people wonder how the ship got there – and it’s an interesting story. The ship was one of […]

Seacliff State Beach

Seacliff State Beach Park is one of the major draws to Aptos for out-of-town visitors. It is perhaps best known as the spot where “the cement boat,” aka the SS Palo Alto, lies sunken offshore. The beach can be crowded on summer days, particularly on any three-day weekend. Some of the biggest crowds, however, can […]