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Welcome to Aptos, a charming unincorporated town in southern Santa Cruz County nestled between Capitola and Watsonville. Aptos is best known for its bluff-backed beaches and long surf break. It’s also home to Cabrillo College, a well-regarded feeder school to UC Santa Cruz. You can live within walking distance of the beaches or in the hills with sweeping views of Monterey Bay. When searching for your dream Aptos homes for sale, you should know that Aptos real estate is generally divided into little villages that include SeacliffSeascapeRio del MarAptos Hills-Larkin ValleyAptos Village, and Cabrillo.

8 Things We Love About Living in Aptos​

1. Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Hike or bike along 30 miles of trails winding through this peaceful forest of ​​second- and third-growth redwoods, which are still recovering from turn-of-the-century clear-cutting. You can picnic along Aptos Creek, visit the moss-covered Fern Grotto, or find the giant fallen Advocate Tree, which is estimated to be 1,000 years old.

2. Seacliff State Beach

Stroll the long stretch of beach, fish off the pier, and wonder at the massive concrete freighter ship called the SS Palo Alto, which was built at the end of World War I and is slowly eroding.

3. Rio Del Mar State Beach

Sand, surf, firepits, dogs chasing balls, and expansive views of Monterey Bay – what’s not to love? Keep an eye out for migrating gray whales between January and April. Aptos real estate in the Rio Del Mar area is highly sought-after thanks to opportunities to own homes by the beach, up above the bluffs with views, or adjacent to Seascape Golf Club.

4. Manresa State Beach

Another day in paradise on an expansive beach backed by beautiful bluffs. Long beach-breaking waves are popular with surfers and boogie boarders but watch for strong rip currents. It’s a popular camping spot, too.

5. Companion Bakeshop

OMG, we cannot get enough of Companion’s sourdough, their pastries with seasonal fruits, and steaming cups of Blue Bottle coffee!

6. Aptos Farmers Market

Named one of “The Coast’s Best Farmers Markets” by Coastal Living Magazine, the Saturday morning market on the Cabrillo College campus is not to be missed. Seasonal strawberries, mmmm…

7. Armitage Wines Tasting Room

If you’re a fan of pinot noirs, make reservations to taste Armitage’s award-winning wines produced in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

8. Aptos Village

Aptos Village is a quaint shopping, dining, and housing enclave. It’s where you’ll find New Leaf Community Market and award-winning chef David Kinch’s relatively new restaurant Mentone. Kinch is probably the best-known chef in Silicon Valley; his Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos earned three Michelin stars. Aptos Village also is home to the Annual Santa Cruz American Music Festival and the Fourth of July World’s Shortest Parade. More development is planned for the village, so stay tuned.

Of course, we have many more Aptos favorites to share. Want to talk about Aptos real estate, the lifestyle, or find Aptos homes for sale? Please reach out anytime! 


Overview for Aptos, CA

10,130 people live in Aptos, where the median age is 52.2 and the average individual income is $60,602.13. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

10,130

Total Population

52.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$60,602.13

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Aptos, CA

Aptos has 3,961 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Aptos do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,130 people call Aptos home. The population density is 439.65 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

10,130

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

52.2

Median Age

46.21 / 53.79%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
3,961

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$60,602.13

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Aptos, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Aptos. 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.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Mar Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Twin Lakes Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Aptos Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
Valencia Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5

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