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USA Travel: An Afternoon in Capitola, California

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In this post we share photos from an afternoon in Capitola, California, a charming Monterey-coast seaside town.

About Capitola

Capitola is one of California’s oldest seaside resort towns. Though its history dates back a thousand years due to it being a home village for Indians, it became the tourist destination “Camp Capitola” in the 1870s.

Today, Capitola’s Esplanade, Mediterranean facades, local community events and seaside landscape continue to attract visitors.

Additional reading: History of Capitola (City of Capitola, 2021)


  • Capitola, California, USA
  • Arriving to Capitola following a morning walk in Santa Cruz or by way of Los Gatos
  • Travel here by car
  • Park at the Beach and Village Parking Lot (420 Capitola Avenue)

Capitola, California

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Things to do

  • Capitola Historical Museum
  • Fish on Capitola Wharf
  • Surf lessons
  • Standup paddle board lessons
  • Rent a kayak
  • Rent a bike
  • Take photos around Venetian Court
  • Walk down the Esplanade
  • Capitola City Beach
  • New Brighton State Beach
  • Climb to the top of Depot Hill for views


  • Paradise Beach Grille – Seaside lunch & dinner
  • Beach Break – Marianne’s ice cream
  • Pizza My Heart – Surf themed pizza; vegan + gluten free options

Capitola Beach Promenade

Downtown Capitola Shopping District

Downtown offers a quaint historical museum in a red shack.

Capitola City Beach

First time surfers are common here as the mellow breaks and small waves make it easier to pop upon on a board. There are numerous board and suit rental shops dotting the water.

The colorful Venetian Court cottages at the mouth of Soquel Creek at the north end of Monterey Baywere were built in 1924. Inspired to design a “a second Venice”, these cottages are available to be rented.

Capitola Wharf

Fishing classes and equipment are available at Capitola Boat and Bait.


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