Hidden beach park

Hidden Beach Park is a small hard-to-find park in a creek ravine that empties out on a sandy beach in the Rio Del Mar community in Aptos.

 

The park has grass lawns, a kids playground, and picnic tables. Unfortunately, there are only eight spaces in the parking lot and the street is too narrow for shoulder parking. A small overflow lot is just down the street, but that’s it parking-wise. A paved ramp leads to a wide section of beach that is between housing developments built right on the sand. Half way down the hill are two benches next to the path that look out to the Pacific Ocean. To find Hidden Beach Park from Highway 1, take the Rio Del Mar Boulevard exit and follow it west to Cliff Drive which eventually ends at the parking lot.

It takes about 15 min to get down to the beach by foot and a bit longer to get back to the house as you will be walking uphill. 

How to get to the Hidden Beach

It’s a very nice hike down the forested area and a romantic old rail bridge. 

Turn right on Loyola drive

Continue down and make left turn on Doris Avenue

Continue walking downhill; Turn right on Los Altos Drive

Cross and turn left on Sumner Ave

On you right you should notice wooden stairs and a path to the forest area. Take that path!  

Continue walking. You will cross under the old wooden railroad bridge and eventually get into small parking  lot

Look for the road with the metal gate that leads to the kids playground

Follow this road. It will lead you to the beach!

Follow Google map:

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Use you phone camera to scan the code or continue to the link:

Other beaches to visit in Aptos

Rio Del Mar Beach

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5 min drive

from the house

Sea Cliff Beach

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5 min drive

from the house

You can find beach towels in the hallway sideboard. There is also a blanket you can take to the beach..