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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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Great Beach with Restaurants and Shops Nearby

This beach had benches where you could sit and enjoy the beach even if you weren't actually on the sand. Restaurants and shops were nearby with outdoor dining. Seems like most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This beach had benches where you could sit and enjoy the beach even if you weren't actually on the sand. Restaurants and shops were nearby with outdoor dining. Seems like most folks brought pizza boxes to the beach from nearby eatery. A great place to enjoy the sun and sand.

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Roseville, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This is a nice place to stroll through the small unique gift shops and have lunch. The area reminded me of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk without the carnival atmosphere and crowds. Parking can be a little tough but if you get there early 10 AM (+/-) you will find plenty of street (metered) parking. If you get tired of the... More 

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Summit, New Jersey
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80 reviews 80 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

What a cute little beach town. Lots of restaurants and little shops around. It looks like it would be a very fun place to be on a hot and sunny day!

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Turlock, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Don't get me wrong, the town is a quaint seaside gem of a town, but we were really surprised when we finally made it down to the beach that dogs are vehemently not welcome on the sand and nearly all restaurants (even verandas). We've made countless lovely day trips to the coast with our furry friends and the majority seaside... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I have visited here many times and the beach is a very nice public beach. It is quite protected so it doesn't get a lot of wind, which is nice. There are public showers available which is nice for rinsing off before going to your car or to eat. I like that it has soft sand and is kept quite... More 

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Capitola, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This little gem was voted one of the 5 Best Coastal Towns in Sunset magazine for a reason: http://www.sunset.com/travel/ocean-towns Being California's oldest seaside resort town, Capitola is only 1.7 square miles in size. But this little gem of a town exemplifies quality over quantity. See the Soquel Creek drain into the ocean surrounded by a Euro style little seaside village... More 

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Central Pennsylvania
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203 reviews 203 reviews
84 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Quaint, with several small beach areas divided by small reefs that seem to give you some added space. Nice for small children. Dogs are not allowed on the main beach but there is a very nice long sliver of beach below the promenade near where the rest rooms are. What I found is that if you jump on the beach... More 

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Capitola, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
68 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A lovely golden sand beach, very popular on warm days. Definitely the kind of place that you want to spend the afternoon at. Parking is bad, so be prepared to park in the big lot behind the police station and haul all your gear the 2 blocks to the beach (many folks bring a little wagon). The Esplanade is chock-a-block... More 

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Los Altos, California, United States
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191 reviews 191 reviews
33 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Capitola City Beach is a great place to play Frisbee, suntan, paddleboard, and body board. The area is protected from direct ocean current and faces south so is warmer when the sun is out and not so windy.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My friend and I went to Capitola beach because it was less crowded than other beaches that day. There are plenty of small yummy places to eat around there too.

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