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Tourist/Locals Overview

Have you recently moved to Santa Cruz or are you coming for a visit?


Let us give you the lay of the land and some ideas on how to use the site so you get the most out of it.

Start with the RESOURCES and click on Activities & Family Fun to see all the things to do. If you are looking for child friendly places to eat, visit the Restaurant section.


You can find babysitters on our Classifieds and under Childcare . Click here for a list of Parks.  If you are in need of baby equipment go under the Travel Page for a list of places that will deliver cribs, strollers and more to you.


 Click below for links to details about each community in Santa Cruz county:




Boulder Creek

(Site Photos) BoulderCreek_downtown.jpgJust one-half hour away from Los Gatos, and mere minutes from Santa Cruz and Big Basin Redwood State Park, Boulder Creek may be your antidote to a busy work week in Silicon Valley.


Take an online stroll through Virtual Boulder Creek and get to know our community. Browse our shops and do a tour of town in our historical walk. If just thinking about the trek to Berry Creek Falls makes your toes curl, you'll enjoy our hiking through the upper regions of Big Basin Redwood State Park.


There's lots to see and do, on-line and on-foot. Enjoy your visit!


More infamous than famous, old Boulder Creek had 26 saloons, gambling houses, cat houses and hotels. Ravaged by fire in 1891, many "new" buildings are over 100 years old.


(Site Photos) Aptos_Ocean.jpgAptos is located on the "sunny side" of the Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz County, which is one of the smallest counties in California, but it contains the widest variety of beautiful scenery. We have magnificent mountains covered by towering redwood forests, some of the world's most fertile farmland, long sandy beaches, and ocean cliffs. We are also a gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This area bordering the Monterey Bay is truly natures playground. Learn what the name Aptos really means.


Aptos is an unincorporated town of 24,402 residents with 21,000 in the urban area which includes Seascape, Rio Del Mar, Seacliff and the Cabrillo area, with an additional 2,361 located in the rural area known as Aptos Hills.


Aptos is an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County. Residents of Aptos enjoy close proximity to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Seacliff State Beach. Aptos is proud to be the home of historic Aptos Village which is the gateway to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Aptos includes Rio Del Mar, Seacliff and Seascape areas.


Recently the property owners and neighbors of Aptos Village along with county government agencies have developed a plan to update the village with new streets and housing.


Aptos has three elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school, all within the Pajaro Valley School District.


Cabrillo Community College is located in Aptos with an expansive veiw of the Monterey Bay. Cabrillo is home to a newly constructed Horticulture Center, Cabrillo Stage Professional Theater and and the Central Coast Small Business Development Center. Cabrillo recently went through an 84 million dollar expansion project and looking forward to completion with a new library and resource center.


Originally an Indian village, Aptos was established in 1833 as a Mexican land grant. The Chamber of Commerce was officially established as an association in 1929 and incorporated in 1960. Membership has grown from 90 members in 1985 to more than 600 today.


The town has grown dramatically since 1962 after the establishment of Cabrillo College and the first major Shopping Center. Aptos has gone through three incorporation attempts and is listed with the state of California as a Tentative City.


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