The Greater Aptos Area

Is an area of endless recreation, traditional, and funky chic neighborhoods.

Welcome to The Greater Aptos Area



Roughly 50,000 people make up the area known as Aptos. Aptos is actually several small villages: the Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley, Aptos Village, Cabrillo, Seacliff, Rio del Mar, and Seascape. Due to its wide-ranging boundaries, Aptos is an area of endless recreation, traditional, and funky chic neighborhoods, plus fine dining and unique shopping opportunities. From Seascape’s famous golf links to fishing and surfing along Seacliff State Beach, many say Aptos is like a secret Santa Cruz. It’s also evolving. Aptos Village, for instance, is the site of a fairly new mixed-use development that’s infusing the retail center with new energy. Aptos also serves as the gateway to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, which boasts more than 30 miles of trails. As you ride a mountain bike or stroll among the towering redwoods, keep an eye out for crumbling sawmills and trestles — signs of Aptos’s logging past.

Rio Del Mar

Is the beach you go to for bonfires and dogs. Its tree-lined streets wind through the hills, a verdant suburb above the glistening Monterey Bay. While the restaurants and bars are excellent, the star of Rio del Mar will always be the ocean. Surf, whale watch, fish, or watch for the cement ship’s resident white sharks. But don’t worry, they’re just harmless juveniles.

Seacliff Beach

The Seacliff neighborhood of Aptos overlooks Monterey Bay and the eternally docked S.S.Palo Alto, otherwise known to locals as the “cement ship.” The S.S. Palo Alto is a concrete freighter built in 1917 at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Oakland and docked at Seacliff State Beach since 1929, back when this was all one big resort destination. Today, Seacliff is an incredibly walkable neighborhood adjacent to Seacliff State Beach. Most of the homes in the area are mid-20th-century structures with a few small apartment buildings. Its small downtown boasts some of the locals’ favorite spots, including Marianne’s Ice Cream.

La Selva Beach

A true secret to most people, This idyllic quiet beach community is tucked in between Watsonville and the endless beaches of Manresa and Sunset. Once only a resort town, La Selva is now a fully functional community with its own post office, corner store, fire department, library, retail shops, and, of course, Seascape Beach Resort, the world-class coastal destination set on 45 acres of breathtaking coastal bluffs with great surfing and one of the most beautiful strands of sand on the coast of California.

Overview for The Greater Aptos Area, CA

6,372 people live in The Greater Aptos Area, where the median age is 53.5 and the average individual income is $64,912. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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53.5 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for The Greater Aptos Area, CA

The Greater Aptos Area has 2,621 households, with an average household size of 2.43. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in The Greater Aptos Area do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 6,372 people call The Greater Aptos Area home. The population density is 968.67 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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43.08 / 56.92%

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Schools in The Greater Aptos Area, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby The Greater Aptos Area. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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K - 6th
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Mar Vista Elementary
K - 6th
9th - 12th
Twin Lakes Christian School
K - 8th
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Aptos Junior High
7th - 8th
Valencia Elementary
K - 6th

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