Capitola Beach
Capitola Beach
4.5
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This intimate beach, shielded by the Monterey Bay cliffs, is a favorite spot among city dwellers nearby. There are plenty of things to do for a fun beach day: kayak or surf the gentle waves, play a game of volleyball, or fish at the picture-picture pier. Capitola Village is adjacent to the beach, marked by the vibrantly colored beach houses that add to the appeal of the place. Check out the homegrown stores and restaurants offering everything from tacos to sushi and seafood grill. Visit during the warmer months when there are movie screenings, twilight concerts, and live performances. – Tripadvisor
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Lizandra F
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Parking is $40 in the lot so not worth buying a ticket for that. You would have to search for a spot :( However, twin lakes is like 3 miles away, and that would be more convenient especially if you have a dog. Capitals doesn’t allow dogs.
Written February 23, 2020
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DancinDebbie
Oakland, CA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was our second time visiting Capitola Beach. On this trip we stayed overnight up the hill. Our first time here was I think, September 2020, on a great sunny warm day. This time, we spent a few hours in the afternoon, it was a bit breezy but the sun finally came out of the morning fog. It got very busy again, but if you walk towards the RIGHT side of the beach, you can find a good spot usually to place your chairs. We like that you can walk off the beach to check out restaurants, coffee shops, and of course, lots of boutiques. There is also a public restroom towards the Left side/center. This is our second favorite beach in the bay area (our first is Carmel).
Written June 21, 2021
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Dee Traveler
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Visit to Capitola was great, very scenic and plenty to do along the beach and in the town. The beach and quaint village are safe and clean. Loved staying at one of the colorful vacation rental beach houses at the waterfront (email: capitola_nine@yahoo.com), just steps from the village. There are lots of unique shops and many restaurant choices and all but 2 or 3 of the places damaged in the January storm have finished repairs and reopened. Live music and events are starting up again, Capitola survived the winter of '23!
Written April 22, 2023
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meyesai
Orange County, CA36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Charming little beach town, lined with some cute boutiques, eateries, hotels, and homes. Holiday weekends really draw in a crowd, but there is ample space to set an umbrella and enjoy the views for the day. A quick walk on to the pier will give you another view of the beach, the iconic multi-colored painted buildings, and the coast.
Written May 30, 2022
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Chad G
Monroe, NY361 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I had forgotten how beautiful Capitola is as it was my first time since I was younger. I recently decided on my last stay in California to take a trek that is outside the norm for my visits. Along the way I did Gilroy and Santa Cruz but decided to stop in capitola. This nice little beach town is just outside Santa Cruz along the coast. Home to about 10,000 residents the downtown area is filled with various surf shops and restaurants. The beach area has fantastic sands and waves. Be sure to check out the multicolored buildings and stay for the nightlife.
Written January 12, 2020
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David M
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
I’ve been sitting in my car enjoying the Beach view for an hour now. I have observed multiple people trying to pay for parking. What a Nightmare. Cmon Capitola! Get it Together and make it easier to pay for parking!
Written June 1, 2021
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funinthesun444
California90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My sister and I traveled to Capitola at the beginning of this month and had such a great time. We had an ocean view room at the Capitola Beach Suites. We were walking distance to the downtown area for shops, food and wine bars with evening music. I absolutely love this little coastal town.
Written August 31, 2022
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JJJC_Family
Virginia768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Originally, we were going to stop here to eat lunch, but because we got out late, we ate in Half Moon Bay, instead. We thought about skipping Capitola altogether as a stop on the way to the Tickle Pink Inn in Carmel, but in the end, we decided to just see the beach. I'm glad we did. Capitola, at least the part by the beach, has a cutesy vibe. The beach, itself, is just plain good. Nice view, the sand is nice. It's sort of like a circle, as I remember it and it's not super wide, but is fairly deep. It has a feeling of intimacy, to me. And there are stores and restaurants around. Both my wife annd I liked it and thought we might want to come back and stay there for a very relaxing few days. Just veg. Put a towel down on the sand. Take a dip. Read a book. That sort of thing. Go to a nice dinner. Sounds good.
Written December 14, 2022
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Terry M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We loved the Capitola Venetian Hotel. It has the perfect location with ocean views, steps from the beach, and walking distance to everything in town. The staff was very friendly. The rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable. Perfection!
Written August 6, 2022
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
After the horrendous storm last year knocked out the wharf and a lot of waterfront restaurants, they have done an amazing job of bringing the beach back to life. Small, quaint. Lovely. A very nice change from rambunctious Santa Cruz.
Written August 19, 2023
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