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The Hard Luck Tale of the Aptos Beach Inn

Published Thursday January 19

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As you leave the Rio Del Mar flats and travel up Rio Del Mar Blvd. you will see the 3 tiers of condominiums overlooking the Bay known as the Shore Del Mar condos.

These condos are situated on a piece of land where a glamorous hotel with high hopes and bad timing once stood.

The hotel was originally named “Hotel Don Rafael Castro.” Although I love the intention of honoring Rafael Castro, the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue now does it?

Over the next numerous years, Aptos would see development like it had never seen before.

In 1926, they would build the concrete retaining walls to channel Aptos Creek and the surrounding swamp/lagoon would be converted into the “flats.”

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