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Address: Capitola, CA
Description: Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz

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A little marvel

Capitola Beach is a complete experience--you can surf, swim, little kids can play safely in the shallows, and wildlife can be impressive: think dolphins, waves breaching, sea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Rensselaer
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Rensselaer
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Capitola Beach is a complete experience--you can surf, swim, little kids can play safely in the shallows, and wildlife can be impressive: think dolphins, waves breaching, sea lions, the occasional sea otter, herons, pelicans (even white ones). The beach itself is probably best in off season, since it is small and parking immediately adjacent is limited. But, oh, the charm.... More 

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Key West, FL
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161 reviews 161 reviews
51 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is a must visit. I used to come here often as a kid and I must say, not much has changed. Really, the only thing is that now they have a time limit and fees for parking. As you pull up and park there is an attendant that comes and marks your tires. So Beware! They are very strict... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

great small town beach town, both very nice and total local style. Best in off season- fog is gone in off season

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Sacramento, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Capitola Beach is clean and safe, and a pleasant place to visit.it's a great place for families! Parking near the beach can be tight, but there is a city lot up the road for a charge.

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Turlock, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
56 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Every year I go a couple of times. Always a beautiful day and the shops around the beach are so nice. There is something for everyone.

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Venelles, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Little town, fair size beach, pretty houses along. It was a perfect trip for Sunday. Small shops and small coffee shops too.

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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133 reviews 133 reviews
39 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I did not ever want to leave! The beach was so clean, beautiful. The bathrooms were convenient and clean. I loved it here, I can't wait to go back!

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Niceville, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Capitola Beach is nice, not the greatest beach in the area, but nice. It could definitely use a bit of a clean up. We may have come on the wrong day or something, but there seemed to be a lot of trash on the beach. Parking can quite difficult and it can get crowded here, but the close proximity of... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

too crowded and really small, but if you want a place for kids and a close bathroom its nice. Parking is horrible!

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Martinez, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Easy to get to, clean, long sandy area leading to the ocean, easy access to village restaurants & shops.

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