When the Native Americans
named this part of our county, they called it Awatos -"Where
the Waters Meet." The name honors the spot where two creeks
joined before traveling together to the bay. Today, we call this
This is where you'll find
people living in everything from rustic little mountain cabins in
the redwoods to sprawling contemporary homes on the golf course.
It follows that the sights of Aptos are equally diverse. Within a
few minutes, you can go from the nature trails of a redwood forest
to the relaxed elegance of Seascape Resort. Most likely, you'll
meet the same people in both places. This is a spot where nature
and modern life get along just fine together.
It's also a place of good
humor. If you doubt that, then come by for the Aptos Fourth of
July parade. Billed as "The World's Shortest Parade," it
covers all of two blocks and includes nearly every Aptos resident,
both human and animal. Even visitors are welcome to participate -
just arrive in costume and be prepared for fun.
Aptos Village itself is
just a tiny dot on the local map, but it's well worth the visit.
The old Bayview Hotel anchors this quaint shopping district,
comprised mainly of friendly little shops and restaurants. A visit
to the Cafe Sparrow is a must. This French-inspired cafe is a
local favorite for Sunday brunch or casual dinners. Just down the
road in the Redwood Village, stock up on picnic supplies at the
Piggy Market and Deli before heading into the Nisene Marks State
Park for an afternoon exploring the forest. Don't miss their Piggy
Champagne..inexpensive, but great.
Go west to Rio Del Mar
Beach and you can find another great place to spend the day at the
beach or dine at a really fine restaurant, the Bittersweet Bistro.
Down on the beach, you'll certainly want to inspect the remains of
the Palo Alto, an experimental ship constructed of concrete. It
made just one short voyage back in 1919 before dropping anchor
here to become a restaurant and dance hall. Today, only the
pelicans, seagulls and fishermen occupy its once grand hull.
The Native Americans
recognized the special qualities of this home they called Awatos.
You'll still find those qualities here, in the place where the
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