Cafe Rio on the Beach

Cafe Rio on the Beach

131 Esplanade
Aptos, California 95003
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Local Phone: (831) 688-8917

Just steps from the sand and waves of Rio Del Mar Beach are the tantalizing tastes of Cafe Rio.

Known for its amazing sunsets and breathtaking views, the fantastic food and exceptional service are the hallmark of Cafe Rio.

Dog Access:

  • Dogs OK at outside seating

Dog-friendly amenities:

  • Water bowls
  • Dog treats
  • Heated outdoor seating

Beach time for Ranger, Mitchell
Beach time for Ranger, Mitchell's Cove. Photo Credit: @rangerthedogo
You’re never far from the water when following the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) through Santa Cruz County. The curvy coastline is studded with 29 miles of beaches providing lots of options for DogTrekkers. Fifteen strands are dog-friendly, and one, Mitchell’s Cove, is legally leash-free during daylight hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. more »
Rocky at Mitchell
Rocky at Mitchell's Cove Beach. Photo Credit: @little_rocky_balboa
Whatever your motivation for coming to Santa Cruz County, sooner or later you and your pup will want to chase some waves and get some sand between your toes. With 29 miles of coastline, there are lots of places to go, including 15 strands that welcome leashed dogs and one, Mitchell’s Cove, that is legally leash-free before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. more »
Dog dining
Photo credit: Jill Chen (CC)
There are so many dog-friendly restaurants in Santa Cruz and vicinity that you could eat at a different one every day and not repeat the rotation for months.

The dine-with-your-dog classic is Aldo’s Harbor Restaurant, overlooking a marina where boats, kayakers and paddle-boarders drift in and out. For sampling craft beer, try 99 Bottles of Beer On the Wall, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing or Beer Thirty Bottle Shop & Pour House, all of which offer dog-friendly seating. For breakfast, select from some 20 types of burritos at Chill Out Café or as many styles of bagels at the Bagelry, a popular spot for more than 30 years. Walnut Avenue Café, Woodstock’s Pizza and Café Limelight are other in-town eateries that welcome DogTrekkers on their patios.

South of Santa Cruz, Aptos and Capitola are a pair of captivating and very dog-welcoming oceanside communities with a casual, wind-in-the-hair ambiance. Dog-friendly restaurants in the area include Betty Burgers and Margaritaville in Capitola, and Palapas and Café Rio in Aptos. more »
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