Jo-Ellen Smith


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Seacliff Rio Del Mar


Seacliff is a California State Beach located off Highway 1 in the town of Aptos about 5 miles (8 km) south of Santa Cruz, on State Park Drive. 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 most noted for the concrete ship SS Palo Alto lying at the end of a pier. The ship was hauled to Seacliff Beach in 1929 and sunk and turned into an amusement center, complete with a dance floor, cafe, pool, and carnival booths. The Cal-Nevada Company constructed a dance floor on the main deck, a cafe in the superstructure of the ship, a 4-foot heated swimming pool and a series of carnival type concessions on the aft-deck. The Cal-Nevada Company went bankrupt after only two seasons and the ship was stripped. This left the pier and the ship used only for fishing. It is now permanently closed to the public.

The small community made up of cottages, houses and condos on the bluffs above the beach are blessed with incredible long range views of the ocean. Restaurants , small grocery stores and boutiques are the heart of the village. You'll find locals and visitors strolling the neighborhood enjoying the weather and views!
Rio Del Mar lays just south of Seacliff area, another small beach community with one of the best stretches of beach in northern California with many of its homes beach front. This is very sought after location for beach vacationer for these ocean front homes and rentals. The small neighborhood enjoys a short walk to the beach. You will see many families pulling their little red wagons full of beach supplies to the beach. Pixie Deli is the spot for beach foods and Café Rio for full service water view restaurant and bar.  


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