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Capitola City Beach

Capitola, CA
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Family friendly, fantastic vocean and bay views

Mostly small waves, easy access to ocean, lots of shallow water and plenty of space. Free summer... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Soquel, California
Expensive parking, no dogs or alcohol allowed

There are a lot of "no's" to observe at this beach: no smoking, no dogs, no alcohol, no going in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mostly small waves, easy access to ocean, lots of shallow water and plenty of space. Free summer concerts right next to the beach as well as restaurants and take out pizza.

Thank limcandr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a lot of "no's" to observe at this beach: no smoking, no dogs, no alcohol, no going in the lagoon etc. It's not that great of sand or easy to park and all parking cost $. It's a great beach to view from...More

Thank newmexicoonline
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a great low key chill beach. No dogs, or smoking. small beach , limited parking. Lots of little shops and restaurants. Parking is per app.with a 3 hr. Limit. Check out Mr. toots for coffee or Mijos for tacos if you go.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time we visit Capitola we spend a good part of one day walking along the beach and just sitting on a bench staring out at the beach and ocean. Great place to people watch.

Thank Tim K
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

When you ask people where they should go in California, no one ever says Capitola. A heard about it from a friend and I can’t believe there aren’t more tourists! It’s a very cute and clean seaside town with lots of charm and the colorful...More

Thank RiaAdams
Reviewed October 6, 2017

This is where you went in the 60`s. Now it has been lovingly restored to its glory days of the 30`s-60`s. Beautiful beach side rentals and amazing shopping to explore. There are restaurants close by so no driving required. The beach is groomed daily and...More

Thank masmith2017
Reviewed October 2, 2017

My partner and I stopped here for breakfast on route to Monterey. What a hidden little gem of a place. A quaint and beautiful coastal town with an abundance of shops, restaurants and cafes near to Capitola beach. The colourful houses are very picturesque. We...More

Thank EmL0u84
Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

Tucked away in a cove, this beach is everything I want. Warm sand, ocean a few steps away and a variety of food places. Even pizza by the slice. And touristy shops too. Grab your beach chair and a book and head out for Capitola...More

Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

My grandchildren love Capitola beach. We go with our half tent, sand castle building buckets, boogie boards, wetsuits and just enjoy the water, sand and sunshine! A stop for ice cream cone is also a tradition! Fun family place!

Thank mhernandz
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

We went to Capitola beach during the begonia festival so it was a bit busy, but fun. It's a really quaint town on the water with great shops and restaurants. The beach area is small but nice for families and surfers. They have large public...More

Thank Michele H
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August 18, 2017|
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Response from George L | Reviewed this property |
It is a long and wide sandy beach. The edge, away from the water, is a low seawall (for Winter storm surges). A wide cement sidewalk runs its entire length and is welcoming to wheelchairs. As a matter of fact, the Capitola... More
July 4, 2015|
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Response from HikerRAZ71 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if they have hours posted. I've been there after 10pm and saw a few other people there also. Most other beaches in the area just don't want campfires past 10pm.
March 19, 2015|
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Response from HikerRAZ71 | Reviewed this property |
I have seen many dogs on and off leash at Capitola State beach. Sea Cliff State Beach also. Both great beaches