Crocker Theater

The Crocker Theater is located on the campus of Cabrillo College.  It is part of the Cabrillo College Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Complex, and it provides the highest quality performing arts center in Santa Cruz county. The theater seats 523 people when the orchestra pit is full, or 571 people without the orchestra pit. There’s […]

Sand Rock Farm

Aptos is full of natural wonders: miles of wide sandy beaches cling to the bay, yielding to warm and pleasant valleys stretching to pristine redwood forests smothering the rugged mountains. When it comes to man-made wonders of yester-year, relatively few remain – but the Sand Rock Farm on Freedom Boulevard is certainly one of them […]

Castro Adobe State Historic Park

The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located just outside of Aptos, in Larkin Valley.  It’s one of the very oldest structures in Santa Cruz county, and one of only four adobe structures left standing within the county.  It’s also one of the few remaining two-story adobe homes anywhere in California.  The Friends of Santa […]

Sumner Garden of Rhododendrons

The Sumner Garden of Rhododendrons is located within the Monte Toyon Camp and Conference Center, up Cathedral Drive in Aptos, adjacent to the Forest of Nisene Marks. The garden is only open a couple of times per year to the general public, usually in the spring, or with an appointment. It is truly an Aptos […]

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 Sesnon House at Cabrillo College

The Sesnon House at Cabrillo College was originally built in 1911 by William Sesnon, the son-in-law of Benjamin and Kate Porter, who originally purchased the land where the house sits in 1858. The home was originally named the Pino Alto, and is a true Aptos Gem. The home was sold after World War II to […]

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 […]

Aptos Public Library

The Aptos Public Library is an awesome community resource for the people of Aptos. Any day of the week, you’re likely to find a surprisingly large number of cars in the parking lot and people inside, reading books, newspapers, magazines, or surfing the Internet. The Library does provide free WiFi and electricity to plug in […]

Seacliff Beach Visitor’s Center

The Seacliff Visitor’s Center is another Aptos Gem. The Visitors’ Center is where you go to learn about the SS Palo Alto, and also about the marine life and environment of the area. They have a little pool where the kids can touch starfish, anemones, etc. Sometimes you can make kites there too. Ask them […]

Seacliff Memory Wall

The Seacliff Memory Wall is located at the northern edge of Seacliff State Beach, on Las Olas Drive. The Memory Wall is the out-side of wall along a private residence, the first of a handful of multi-million-dollar homes in the gated enclave of Las Olas. Nobody knows exactly how the Memory Wall got started – […]