Why We Love Aptos
Aptos’ main town center is inland and includes the distinctive architecture of wood frame shops and a boardwalk sidewalk. The name Aptos is Ohlone and means “the people.” Aptos is pronounced “App-Toss” by locals and is often mispronounced “App-Tose” by tourists. The town’s primary industry was lumber from 1880 to 1920, and the Loma Prieta Lumber Company logged what is now Nisene Marks State Park. Within the next 40 years, with bare hillsides, the following industry became apple orchards. Aptos is part of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which includes Watsonville. Still, it has designated schools, including Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos Junior High, and Aptos High School. Adjacent to Aptos Junior High School is a 62-acre community park called Polo Fields Park that contains three baseball fields, three soccer fields, and lots of extra open space. Aptos has a very diverse terrain and geography and is known for its beach community, redwood forests, and country properties.
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