Be prepared for an onslaught of tourists. Aptos made SFGate's list of best small-town escapes published earlier this month.
"Enjoy the sand and sea along Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos," is the caption with the photo topping the list.
Other towns to make the list, published in the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle included Bolinas, Healdsburg and Nevada City and a few more.
Tell us: what are your favorite day trips within an hour or two?