Platforms Beach in Aptos is located between Rio del Mar Beach and Hidden Beach, and is accessed via a drive down Beach Drive from the Rio del Mar Beach Round-a-bout. There’s a state beach parking lot that requires that you either pay $10 to park or have a state park parking pass. There are some free parking spots around there, but they are limited and usually fill up before the paid spots do.
Platforms Beach is known for its long, wide and sandy beach, with gentle waves and a long shelf out into the water before there is any drop-off – it’s like you are walking on a platform out into the water. It’s a very popular place for families. There is a public restroom and a water fountain, but that’s it for the amenities.
With its wide sandy expanse, it’s also great for beach volleyball. And if you’re a fishing enthusiast, don’t forget your fishing license and gear.
Fees & Passes
The parking fee at Platforms Beach is $10, which goes towards maintaining the park. However, if you’re lucky, you might snag one of the free parking spots just before the paid parking lot. Or, if you have a California state park pass, there’s no additional charge to park.
History & Regulations
Platforms Beach, a unit of Seacliff State Beach, has a rich history. It is situated in the ancestral lands of the Awaswas-speaking Ohlone Tribe, known as the Aptos. Despite centuries of colonial violence leading to their removal and displacement, their descendants continue their stewardship and presence here, in partnership with State Parks.
When visiting, remember to respect the regulations. Dogs are allowed but must be on leashes no longer than six feet. Fires are permitted but must be confined to the provided fire rings. Alcohol is not allowed, and a fishing license is required for those who wish to fish.
Lastly, when you visit, make sure to check the Recreate Responsibly page to ensure you’re doing your part to keep the beach clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.
So, if you’re in the Aptos area, don’t miss out on the chance to visit this hidden gem. Platforms Beach is waiting for you!