Aptos Hills / Larkin Valley

Residents of these coastal villages enjoy the quaint atmosphere, family-friendly neighbors, and natural beauty.

Welcome to Aptos Hills / Larkin Valley

A community home to spacious properties, vineyards, hobby & commercial agricultural properties with easy access to Highway 1.

Aptos Hills, California, is a distinctive community in Santa Cruz County. Featuring Redwood trees and hiking trails, horse stables, and mountain views, Aptos Hills is one of the most beautiful areas in Santa Cruz County. Home to approximately 24,000 residents, the towns surrounding Aptos are some of the most unique places in the state. Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley have a combined population of approximately 2,300 people. Residents enjoy viewing the beautiful agricultural fields around both Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley.

Horse stables and equestrians are a prominent part of life in Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley. Residents enjoy breathtaking mountain views, rolling hills, and the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Santa Cruz County is a region of abundant resources that enable residents to enjoy the great outdoors every month of the year. Camping, fishing, and surfing are some of the most common activities residents can pursue. Being close to Santa Cruz and Watsonville enables residents to be close enough to stores and shops that driving into town every day is not costly or prohibitive.

What to Love

Local Lifestyle

The atmosphere in Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley is quiet, peaceful, and serene. Residents of these coastal villages enjoy the quaint atmosphere, family-friendly neighbors, and natural beauty. The sunsets and ocean breezes from the Pacific Ocean are invigorating. Those who choose to live here can fulfill their shopping needs in nearby cities such as Watsonville. Living in these coastal communities offers residents the freedom and space to pursue their interests. Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley attract individuals from all over the United States and the world who are searching for an inspiring and beautiful place to call home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Corralitos Market & Sausage Company has fresh produce, choice cuts of meat, and great customer service, so residents can find nearly everything they need for their kitchens.
Persephone serves Italian cuisine in a relaxing and beautiful setting. Notable entrees include nettle ravioli with morels, pasta alla bolognese, and truffled tortellini and cheese.

Palapas Restaurant & Cantina is a great restaurant serving Mexican cuisine. Popular menu items include chicken mole, Jardines del mar, and snapper Veracruz. Mentone is a fabulous Italian restaurant. Patrons rave about the sea urchin chitarra, pasta con le sarde, and salmon tartar.

Things to Do

Manresa State Beach is an incredible state park with amazing views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Peninsula. Tent camping, picnicking, and fishing are popular activities among those who spend time at Manresa State Beach.

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery has a vineyard covering 56 acres. Guests enjoy the bottled Gruner Veltliner, syrah, merlot, and pinot noir.

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park contains 30 miles of trails and picnic tables near Aptos Creek. Named after Nisene Marks, the mother of a family that purchased the land in the 1950s, it is one of the best places to spend time hiking and exploring the wilderness around Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley.


The Pajaro Valley Unified School District serves the schools in Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley. The following are some of the most notable schools in Aptos Hills and Larkin Valley:

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