Primary and secondary schools in Rio del Mar include schools from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District including Rio del Mar Elementary (honored for its excellence in education by the State of California), Mar Vista Elementary, Aptos Junior High and High School, Pajaro Middle and Valley High School. Nearby colleges include Cabrillo College, the University of California Santa Cruz, Foothill College, and San Jose State University. The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is the headquarters to the myriad of educational services and resources across the county. Educational services ranging from Alternative Education Programs and Special Education to Child Development Programs and Independent Studies and are offered to help students excel in all different aspects of academic and social studies.
Economy & Job Market
Popular industries in Rio del Mar include educational, government, health and social services, business management, administrative, professional, and retail trades. Commercial banking companies, hospitals, clinics and outpatient services, trauma, and surgery centers are a few of the industries in the area that are consistently hiring new employees.
Parks & Recreation
Since Rio del Mar is recognized mainly as a beachfront community, some of the territory's most popular attractions are its golf courses and the stretch of beaches all along the coast. Between Rio del Mar and Aptos is Seacliff State Beach, a popular spot for beach-goers, fishermen, walkers, picnickers, and campers. Campers will find the Golden Torch Trailer Park and the Seacliff Center Trailer Park to be fun and pleasant camping grounds. A short distance from the beach are the shopping districts where the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center and the Seascape Village Shopping Center are located. Golf courses between Seacliff and Seascape include the De Laveaga Golf Course and the Aptos Seascape Golf Course. There is also a Sports Club in Seascape, a tennis club with gym facilities and a pool, which also hold yearly professional level sporting tournaments.
A fun festival that occurs every year in the Seacliff area is the Migration Festival, a celebration of the migration of birds, animals, and water life through the area that features educational booths, food, arts and crafts, live music, and activities for children. The festival is presented by the California State Parks with four main sites participating in the festivals (Natural Bridges, New Brighton, Seacliff State Beach, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park). Other recreational activities include a yearly fundraiser headed by the Monte Foundation at Seacliff State Beach to support schools and students in the area. Volleyball tournaments (played for scholarships), dance troupes, door prizes, food and fireworks adorn the festivity in which schools and youth groups take part in.
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