I didn't know Aptos beach had vacation homes until I stayed in one for my mom's birthday with family. It's a little like staying on the strand in Hermosa beach minus the crowds. The water wasn't too cold and the beach is long and wide and clean.
You can even take surfing lessons early morning, the waves are nice and gentle.
The best part was being able to watch dolphins passing by - morning and evening.
Sadly, this one washed up ashore dead, probably attacked by something in the sea. These two kids were fascinated at being able to see a dolphin up so close and at the same time sad to see it in this condition. Life can bring joy and sadness all at once, anytime, anywhere I suppose.