Aptos has three elementary schools: Valencia Elementary, Rio Del Mar Elementary, and Mar Vista Elementary. It also has one junior high school, Aptos Junior High School, and one high school, Aptos High School. Private school options include Santa Cruz Montessori School and the Aptos Academy. Higher education options include the two-year community college Cabrillo College and University of California, Santa Cruz and Bethany University. Both UC Santa Cruz and Bethany University are located in Santa Cruz County.
The principal industries of Santa Cruz County include agriculture, tourism and high technology. The county is the center of the organic agriculture movement, and many specialty products as well as the headquarters of California Certified Organic Farmers are located in the city of Santa Cruz. Aptos itself has a number of strong businesses. Cabrillo Community College is the biggest employer, and many of the residents commute to work in the surrounding areas.
Attractions and Points of Interest
In addition to the great outdoor attractions, the area boasts a number of museums and attractions. Aptos Station is a great venue to learn about the history of the area. The Seacliff State Beach Visitor Center features an exhibit called "The Palo Alto Cement Ship" along with natural history, marine and plant life exhibits. There is also the McPherson Center for Art & History, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.
The Mystery Spot is a huge tourist attraction as the locale seems to defy the laws of gravity, balance, perception, height and light. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is one of the most noticeable landmarks in the area as it has appeared in many movies and television shows. There are also numerous wineries, eateries and shopping areas.
Parks and Recreations
Those who love the outdoors cannot help but be drawn to Aptos. It is home to both the The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Seacliff State Beach California State Parks. Santa Cruz County has 29 beaches with many ideal spots for surfing and body boarding. The ocean offers great fishing, sailing and windsurfing. Those who prefer their outdoor adventures on dry land will love the surrounding mountains and forests. There are plenty of camping, hiking, cycling and horseback riding opportunities. Aptos is also home to the annual "World's Shortest Parade" every Fourth of July. The entire route is just about one-fourth of a mile.
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