The Seascape resort area has good access to the beach that never has crowds. It's a great spot for a sunset cocktail too. The pier offers some sports fishing trips, and you are just down the road from Santa Cruz, a fun town with a good farmers market, boardwalk, surf and Bridges State Park. about 8 years ago
Just west of Aptos is Capitola. It's a bike ride away. By the beach, there's some great little shops to poke around in and some nice restaurants. It's a fun place to spend some time. If you want a Romantic dinner, check out the shadow brook restaurant there.
Of course the biggie is Santa Cruz, about 7 miles away. There is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and strolling downtown. Near the corner of Ocean Street and Water Street is the tourism office. They have tons of info to check out for whatever you might be looking for. about 8 years ago