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Seacliff State Beach, California, Aptos

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Seacliff State Beach is a state beach park on Monterey Bay, in the town of Aptos, Santa Cruz County, California. It is located off Highway 1 on State Park Drive, about 5 miles (8 km) south of Santa Cruz,. The beach is most known for the concrete ship SS Palo Alto lying in the water. North of Seacliff State Beach is New Brighton State Beach.HistoryThe beach was originally home to the Ohlone people. Spanish missionaries established the Mission Santa Cruz about eight miles west of here.In 1821, when Mexico gained independence from Spain the area was divided up into land grants. The area of the beach was a part of the Rancho Aptos grant to Rafael Castro in 1833. Castro worked with Claus Spreckels to establish the Castro-Spreckels wharf. The beach soon became a successful shipping port. The logging industry also thrived here with the local coast redwood trees.The port facilitated major trade with the Kingdom of Hawaii. In 1838, King Kamehameha III requested that Mexican vaqueros from California travel to Hawaii to teach Hawaiians how to manage herds of wild cattle. Seacliff became a popular place to recruit vaqueros, who were known as paniolos by the Hawaiians.
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  • You can walk for about two miles on this beautiful beach, and the sand is hard-packed, so it’s easy. Veteran’s Day (Oct.) young people were actually body surfing in the frigid Pacific, and best of... 
    You can walk for about two miles on this beautiful beach, and the sand is hard-packed, so it’s easy. Veteran’s Day (Oct.) young people were actually body surfing in the frigid Pacific, and best of...  more »
  • Wonderful place to take a walk particularly with dogs. Really nice to see so many cheerful and happy people out. 
    Wonderful place to take a walk particularly with dogs. Really nice to see so many cheerful and happy people out.  more »
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  • Nice place to get your Cardio in or have a picnic with the fam. Can't get close to the shipwreck, unfortunately, but it does look very unsafe, so it's understandable. Beach is pretty clean and calm. Unfortunately, the bathrooms were closed and there's a fee to get in, but you can always park outside and walk in, if you don't mind taking the stairs down to the beach. The shops just outside the park are worth visiting as well. Overall not a bad place to visit.
  • What beautiful sceneries this beach has! ⛱️ 😍 First time back at the beach since the Pandemic started in 2020 and I'm glad the fam & I chose this one. Great family beach and plenty of sand for everyone! The fam and I had a blast. Don't let the gloomy skies fool you, make sure to wear sunscreen 🌞😉

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