Aptos is a small town south of Capitola and home to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Seacliff State Beach.
The quaint town of Aptos in Santa Cruz County includes the Rio Del Mar, Seacliff, and Seascape areas. It is also the home of historic Aptos Village which is currently being redeveloped. Hikers, runners and mountain bikers enjoy the 30 miles of trails where remnants of mill sites and trestles still exist. Nisene Marks State Park covers 10,000 acres and was once clear-cut by loggers. It is now a testament to forest regeneration where second-growth redwoods coexist with new foliage. Traces of the once-bustling railroad and logging industry can still be found.
For more history, the Aptos History Museum houses a collection of artifacts and photographs tracing the history from native Ohlone Indians who named the area to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.