Come to a crackling, cozy campfire on the California coast. Low tide will leave loads of level sand for lying lazily in the lingering light, so bring your blanket, burgers, near-beer, and broccoli for a blast of a pot-luck banquet. Kids and canines can come!

Be prepared for a warm or chilly evening. Those off-shore breezes can be quite cold any time of year.

Rio del Mar Beach is far more accessible than the one we visited last year. Parking and restrooms are available right at the beach, cell phones work here, and it’s easier to find, too. No steep trail, no 30″ drop at the bottom of a hill.

We’re going to have a blast! It’ll be a blast-phemy! haha!

Hwy 17 south to Hwy 1 south.
Pass Santa Cruz, Soquel, and Capitola.
Exit at State Park Drive (NOT Park Avenue).
Turn right at the end of the off-ramp.
Go 2 blocks; turn left on Center.
Keep going until you come to the bottom of the hill.
Turn right onto Spreckles Drive.
Turn right onto Treasure Island Drive.
Turn right onto Aptos Beach Drive, which takes you to Rio del Mar Beach.
Turn right into the parking lot. 

We’ll drop anchor somewhere close to the parking lot, and we’ll have signs saying “ACSJ.”

To reserve a beach wheelchair, call Seacliff State Beach in Aptos at (831) 685-6500. You can claim it there and just wheel on over to Rio del Mar Beach, which is contiguous with Seacliff State Beach.

(This is a Member Suggested Meetup; you can read our policy about MSM here.)

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