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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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Classic American Beach Town

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Central Pennsylvania
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Central Pennsylvania
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195 reviews 195 reviews
78 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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134 reviews 134 reviews
51 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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190 reviews 190 reviews
33 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to Capitola Beach. I enjoy cute little beach towns such as this. There were nice restaurants and some great shops. As usual, the shops ranged from touristy beach knick knacks to pricey art galleries. There were a couple nice clothing stores. The beach itself was not terribly clean. Lots of stick and stones to walk... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It's always nice to take a break from the cold long winters. We enjoy coming to this beach especially mid week. A nice walk along the shoreline, listening to the waves, really does the soul good. The shopping center is fun to browse and enjoy all the options. We have a fav restaurant, we always try to go to while... More 

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Fremont, California
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2,262 reviews 2,262 reviews
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1,299 helpful votes 1,299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

On the week-ends it can get a bit too crowded, but today it was mid week and a gorgeous sunny wonderful day. Surfers and long boarders were out. We enjoyed the views. There are shops, dining, and wine bars to enjoy nearby the city beach. I liked seeing a couple of surfers carrying their surf boards on their bikes. The... More 

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Lompoc, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

loved to walk around the town, had great meals at three local restaurants and a delicious breakfast at the hotel..

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Rensselaer
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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163 reviews 163 reviews
51 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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