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.
Rio Sands Hotel
Located in a quiet spot in Aptos’ Rio Del Mar neighborhood, the Rio Sands Hotel (http://www.riosands.com/) is a short walk from the beach. Featuring 50 well-appointed rooms – some with kitchens and bunk beds - this boutique property is the perfect place for families and couples.Complimentary continental breakfast, free wi-fi, and a “local feel” all add to the ambience of this popular hotel.Bring fixings for the barbecue area, or relax at the pool after your day at the beach. Nearby restaurants, coffee shops, and the historic “Cement Ship” at the end of the Seacliff State Beach pier all make the Rio Sands HotelVisit www.riosands.com or call (831) 688-3207.
For visitors wanting to spread out a bit more, Aptos-based Bailey Properties offers a wide range of vacation rentals. Beautiful homes tucked in the redwoods, beachfront properties, stylish condos, and cool cottages on the sand are all options. The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, a stunning redwood forest with 30 miles of trails and the nearby beaches of Seacliff State Beach and Rio Del Mar State Beach offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Aptos Village restaurants, coffee shops, and nearby wineries make “living like a local” easy! Visit www.baileyproperties.com or call 831-688-7009.