Aptos --Where the Waters Meet
It is believed by some that when the Native Americans named this part of the 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 it's called Aptos.
You'll find people living in everything from rustic 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 Redwood Village stock up on picnic supplies at th Piggie Market and Deli before heading into Niscene Marks Sate Park for an afternoon of exploring the forest.
Down on the shore at Seacliff State 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, seaguls and fishermen occupy its once-grand hull.
In this place where the waters meet, you'll still find those special qualities here.
Sourced with thanks from Aptos Chamber of Commerce
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