Capitola

The breathtaking views.

Welcome to Capitola

Well known for its beaches and breathtaking views, this city is filled with a wealth of attractions
 
Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean along Monterey Bay, Capitola is a popular beachfront tourist destination situated just 35 miles southwest of San Jose and less than a two hours’ drive from San Francisco. Offering a vibrant commercial district and several distinct residential neighborhoods, the city is home to nearly 10,000 residents, and countless visitors frequent the area often to enjoy its natural beauty and wealth of attractions.
 
Considered the oldest beach resort on the West Coast, Capitola has been named one of California’s best beach towns. There are lots of fishing and boating opportunities here, as well as a popular surf break. Featuring an array of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, the city is well known for its breathtaking views, summer concerts, and family-friendly activities. Beach festivals and events celebrating the area’s art and wine offerings are among the town’s most popular dates. Featuring the only indoor mall in Santa Cruz County, a relaxed atmosphere defines this treasured town.
 

What to Love

 • The breathtaking views 
 • An array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues 
 • The overall relaxed atmosphere
 

Local Lifestyle

There are plenty of tourists filling the streets of Capitola, but the city’s full-time residents are not hard to recognize. Outfitted in shorts and flip-flops and emitting an overall laid-back vibe, the population here likes to take life slowly.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Capitola Village is the city’s most popular attraction - a downtown section filled with colorful, seaside shops and restaurants where guests can window shop and people watch. At Capitola City Beach, normally jam-packed on sunny days and during the town’s organized beach events, you’ll find Capitola Wharf, a large fishing pier that juts out into Soquel Cove. The Capitola Venetian Hotel, built right on the sand, forms the perfect multi-colored backdrop for social media photos.
 
New Brighton State Beach, named for the famed coastal resort in England, offers a campground, hiking trails, and sweeping views of Monterey Bay. Shadowbrook, with its quirky dining rooms and views of Soquel Creek, is a foodie paradise serving plates of fresh seafood, pasta, prime rib, and steak. 
 
Things to Do
The Capitola Art & Wine Festival offers exceptional wines from 22 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries and displays the artistic talents of over 100 fine artists. Live music and local dance groups serve as entertainment, and guests drop into the many boutiques and restaurants in the Village during this event. 
 
As the only enclosed shopping center in picturesque Santa Cruz County, the Capitola Mall serves area residents and tourists with more than 80 specialty stores.
 

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