Seacliff State Beach
- Visitor center
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Parking
- Beach Wheelchair
A paved promenade travels the length of the beach, and sea lions and other marine mammals are often seen offshore. At the south end, just before Aptos Creek and Rio Sands Beach, a steep ramp leads to the beach.
Visitor center: The small visitor center, near the pier, has an aquarium, a touch tank with local marine life, a fossil collection, interpretive displays of local birds and weather, and a history of the concrete ship. The entrance has a steep sloped threshold.
Trails and Pathways
- Beach trail
- Trailhead Location:
- Visitor center or Rio Sands Beach
- Trail Length:
- Under one mile total
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
Start at the visitor center and head south to reach the picnic area and most visited section of beach. The trail ends at Rio Sands Beach and the town of Rio Del Mar, where there are several restaurants that are easily reached. Unless you want the exercise, it's not worthwhile to continue north of the visitor center, where the trail runs next to the RV campground--essentially a parking lot. Look for migrating California gray whales from December to early February.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, hard, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Fee lots are at park entrance atop cliff (steep sidewalk to beach) and at foot of cliff, close to beach. Free parking at corner of Beach Drive and Aptos Beach Drive.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – At various locations throughout park, and at foot of Aptos Beach Drive
- Beach Wheelchair:
- Yes – Pick up at campground host site; must leave your ID and return wheelchair at sunset. No reservations accepted.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; At south end of visitor center, on hard-packed grass or gravel
- Accessible Visitor Center: