5 Great Places to Stay in Aptos
By Erin Bernall
A few miles south of Santa Cruz’s Boardwalk buzz, Aptos offers lodging options from full-service resort to historic B&B, all with easy access to the area’s top attractions.
Seascape Beach Resort
Seascape Beach Resort is a feast for the eyes. This full-service resort spans one of the most premier coastal bluffs from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. Seascape features studio and one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom beach villas all appointed with a kitchenette and a balcony or patio. A paved walking path meanders to the expansive beach below and the Seascape Golf Club is just a half-mile away. Seascape Resort is popular for family vacations, corporate retreats, destination weddings, and romantic getaways. Visit www.seascaperesort.com or call (800) 929-7727 or (831) 688-6800.
Best Western Seacliff Inn
Convenience is the hallmark of Best Western Seacliff Inn. Located just off Highway 1 and a short walk to Seacliff State Beach, this family friendly hotel offers an exceptional mid-county location. Accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to suites with separate sleeping areas for up to six guests, all situated among beautifully landscaped gardens with koi ponds. Hotel amenities include complimentary in-room WiFi, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, heated swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, and the locals’ favorite Severino’s Bar & Grill. Visit www.seacliffinn.com or call (800) 367-2003 or (831) 688-7300.
Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast
Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast is a 10-acre forested hideaway with easy access to local attractions. The B&B’s five guestrooms are well appointed with a Jacuzzi tub, plush bedding, and modern essentials including WiFi and cable TV. The highlight here is the five-star daily breakfast. Dishes are hot, hearty, and bursting with ingredients sourced locally and onsite. A cozy indoor sitting room opens to an expansive deck and walking paths that lead to quiet corners tucked in the trees. Visit www.sandrockfarm.com or call (831) 688-8005.
Flora Vista InN
Santa Cruz County’s agriculture history seeps from Flora Vista Inn’s old-growth redwood timber frame. Rich in local lore, the renovated two-story farmhouse is nestled among acres of fragrant flower and strawberry fields that lead to scenic beaches just a short walk away. Flora Vista Inn features five guestrooms with modern amenities and offers a full breakfast daily, complimentary afternoon refreshments, sweeping valley views, and two tournament-grade clay tennis courts. The Pacific Coast Bike Route passes in front of the property. Visit www.floravistainn.com or call (877) 753-5672 or (831) 724-8663.
Aptos Village’s Bayview Hotel is a step back in time. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property was built in 1870 by Jose Arano who arrived in the area 20 years earlier. Each of the B&B’s 12 individually styled guestrooms is decorated in period furnishings and features a private bathroom. A full cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily. Bayview Hotel is located adjacent to The Forest of Nisene Marks, a stunning redwood forest with 30 miles of trails. Visit www.bayviewhotel.com or call (800) 422-9843 or (831) 688-8654.