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Things to do in Rio del Mar

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.
Restaurant
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“Many locals meet up here daily for happy hour. Nice restaurant and cocktail lounge.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“I used to live a block from here and it was my go-to spot. They always have the freshest oysters! They have a dog-friendly patio and have live music on occasion.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Upscale Mexican food with amazing views of the ocean. Full bar & yummy chips!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“AND sightseeing- the restaurant is 5 star, but the views are too- you can walk down their path to a secluded beach. It is a great way to spend the afternoon, dinner, or Sunday Brunch!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Beach
“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
Meal Takeaway
“Great local breakfast/lunch spot with outdoor seating just walking distance down the hill.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Lodging
“The location of the iconic Cement Ship. Home to pods of dolphins and sea otters. Family friendly beach with miles of room to wander. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Located in the Deep Park Center above Deluxe Foods. Its the local place for breakfast and lunch. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature
“Seascape Golf Club is open to public year round. Just up from the beach surround giant eucalyptus trees. Check-it out!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Not to be confused with Panda Express. It's a bit far in Aptos but worth it. This is my wife and I's favorite Chinese.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Local pizza place. TV's to watch the game and video games for the kiddies. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Small local grocery store with deli. A variety of hot and cold food items...such as fresh sandwiches yummy soups.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Walk down to get pizzas, pastries coffee and more. OPEN Mon - Tue 6:30am - 6:00pm Wed - Sun 6:30am - 7:00pm”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Coffee shop right around the corner in Seascape Village. Serving breakfast and lunch.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“Just off HWY 1 exits onto Rio Del Mar Blvd in the Deer Park Shopping Center.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Bayfront beach with lots of free parking. Places to eat and public bathrooms. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Many locals meet up here daily for happy hour. Nice restaurant and cocktail lounge.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“I used to live a block from here and it was my go-to spot. They always have the freshest oysters! They have a dog-friendly patio and have live music on occasion.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Upscale Mexican food with amazing views of the ocean. Full bar & yummy chips!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“AND sightseeing- the restaurant is 5 star, but the views are too- you can walk down their path to a secluded beach. It is a great way to spend the afternoon, dinner, or Sunday Brunch!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Great local breakfast/lunch spot with outdoor seating just walking distance down the hill.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Located in the Deep Park Center above Deluxe Foods. Its the local place for breakfast and lunch. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Not to be confused with Panda Express. It's a bit far in Aptos but worth it. This is my wife and I's favorite Chinese.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Local pizza place. TV's to watch the game and video games for the kiddies. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

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