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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“You name it, it’s got it - hiking, trail running, mountain biking. Beautiful area. Just remember that it’s a state park and has a $10 entry fee. ”
  • 122 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“The best Mexican food hands down in our opinion. In Aptos, so it can be a drive.”
  • 43 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“I'm a vegetarian so I don't eat here but my meat-eating guests have told me it is the best BBQ they have ever had. They have live Blues Music as night so it is pretty loud.”
  • 43 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“$$$ Hidden jewel of Aptos. This restaurant serves wonderful French food. Reservation recommended.”
  • 44 locals recommend
“Open for lunch/dinner - sit down restaurant with beach/ocean views. Great for a cocktail!”
  • 33 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Great beach with facilities and restaurants nearby. See the iconic cement ship. Climb the stairs with other fitness enthusiasts.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“This is the closest grocery to our cabin, however if you are into health food stores there are many: New Leaf (locally owned), whole foods, staff of life or Aptos Natural (expensive). If you need medication or other essentials you can find Rite Aid located in the same shopping center as Safeway. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
“Many locals meet up here daily for happy hour. Nice restaurant and cocktail lounge.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Zameen's is a walk-in and order place in the day then eat inside or out and they bring your food to your table. They serve tables in the evenings. Zameen's has a variety of delicious flavors from the Mediterranean like Morocco, North Africa, Greece and the islands. They have great pita's, assorted pizza's with a twist, wonderful soups and salads. It is not your common place. They make all their own food here so it is flavorful and fresh and we highly recommend it. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“**Hideout closed due to fire in 2019, check again for reopening!** Outdoor seating available, come early to get a seat.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“On Saturdays there is a farmers market from 7am-12pm. They end right at 12pm, so make sure you are there early. They have all the freshest local produce. There is also the best oysters you will find here (trust me). They shuck them for you of course, and the same vendor also has amazing fish tacos, ceviche, and shrimp cocktails. There is also a vendor who makes loaded baked potatoes that are amazing. You should check this place out, it's worth it. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Public Access Beach. It costs to park a vehicle. It's a fairly short walk, but... There are two ways to get there... down a long set of stairs or down a hill with a sidewalk. Just know that either way, going back can be tiring... the stairs have benches to rest in a few places.”
  • 10 locals recommend
“This is one of the most popular burger places in Aptos. Pro Tip: Burger offers "Meatless Mondays" where you can score a great discount on any of their burgers with a veggie patty instead of a meat patty. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“A short block from Aptos Sea Haven. We love the breakfast burritos and burgers. Their salads are pretty good too.”
  • 17 locals recommend
“Rio Del Mar Beach is the main beach in the community of Rio Del Mar in Aptos, CA. It starts in the waterfront area at the end of Rio Del Mar Boulevard and continues south for almost a mile on Beach Drive to the end. There are public parking lots at both ends of Rio Del Mar Beach. Between these lots are street parking spaces along Beach Drive where a sidewalk promenade has stairs to the beach in various spots. This long wide sandy beach is the southern part of Seacliff State Beach. The rest of the state park is on the other side of Aptos Creek. From the creek area it is easy to see the pier and the famous concrete ship (SS Palo Alto) in the main part of Seacliff State.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
“Marianne's is a local staple for Ice Cream! This is their second location, but it's every bit as good! Quick walk down the street.”
  • 15 locals recommend