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August 26, 2011

Hiking, Beaches, Local Veggies and Sunsets: Last Installment of the "Two Miles Down Highway 1" Road Trip

Rev up your engines and start your day with an outdoor adventure as you head to Aptos, home of The Forest of Nisene Marks State ParkNicene Marks consists of over 30 miles of trails made for hiking, jogging and biking.  Picnic tables and barbecue pits are available and a trail camp is located six miles from the nearest parking lot. Nearby, on the beach side of Highway 1, Seacliff State Beach is home to the S.S. Palo Alto, an experimental concrete ship docked at the end of the fishing pier. Active enthusiasts enjoy walking and running on the sand or sidewalks adjacent to the beach.  Grab a snack at a nearby deli or store and enjoy the views. On the way down south, continuing on Highway 1 south, Watsonville’s rural charm lies in its fertile soil and Mediterranean climate.  Stop at one of many roadside fruit and veggie stands for local fare, perfect for a home prepared coastal meal.  If strategic enough, stop for a Friday afternoon trip to the downtown Watsonville for the certified Farmer’s Market, held every week from 3 to 7 p.m.  You’ll find delicious local food, flowers and fun, all centrally located near the Watsonville Plaza. Finish the day with a sunset walk at Sunset or Manresa State beaches, a spot south of Aptos and stretching parallel to inland Watsonville, off Highway 1.  In addition to magnificent sunset views, Sunset and Manresa offer abundant fishing, surfing and recreation options. Thanks for coming along on our trip down California's Highway 1  - remember the great stops for your next visit!


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