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One of My Greatest Places to Be!

Capitola Beach, there's just something about it. I love the view, the water, beach, restaurants and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David P
Family and swim friendly beach

Great family friendly beach for swimming and body boarding. Several restaurants have beach access... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Palo Alto, California
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Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz
Capitola, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Capitola Beach, there's just something about it. I love the view, the water, beach, restaurants and bars and the people! It;s one of those places that you just want to keep going back to. If you have not been, you need to visit!

Thank David P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great family friendly beach for swimming and body boarding. Several restaurants have beach access and an overall cute beach town with several fun festivals throughout the summer and early fall.

Thank Johannaloves2travel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is everything you want in a little getaway. Just an hour out of San Jose, this cute little beach is so clean and friendly. I actually lost my debit card and rental car keys and some wonderful mom left them at the lifeguard station!...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kinda the opposite of real Santa Cruz— it’s prettied up for the middle aged suburban people. No style, no energy...Just blah blah blah. Over-priced women’s boutiques combined with T-shirt and trinket shops. A couple of restaurants mixed in. Nice little beach. Crowded parking.

Thank Summerasalifestyle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I absolutely love Capitola as a beach town. Each shop has its own character and you are sure to find something of interest. I even found my wedding ring at a little shop. The Thomas Kincade gallery has a large number of Disney paintings that...More

Thank AnthonyT2854
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are heading to the Central Coast of California this quaint and charming beach town is a must, great restaurants, shopping and lodging is only steps away, park your car for the weekend or week and simply explore the amazing gem.

Thank Devon S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have family that live in Capitola and it is one of my favorite spots to visit. Great little beach town and clean beach. It is such a great spot to hangout with friends and family and just enjoy the ocean views and breeze.

Thank Whitney G
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Capitola is a nice little town. We were there for the wine and art festival. They have a great beach. The claim to fame are the brightly colored houses. Worth a visit.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 31 August 2018

Love to go to Capitola, hardest part is finding parking, there are city lots up the hill that will take you down to the square, so that works great, do not miss the wonderful restaurants.

Thank BobAgent21
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

After many years of hearing about and seeing photos of Capitola, we finally took a day trip there! It didn’t disappoint. I only wished we had taken stuff for the kids to play on the beach... Highly recommend visiting

Thank Laetitia G
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Michael B
31 March 2018|
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Response from limcandr | Reviewed this property |
I’m pretty sure dogs on leash are allowed on pier!
19 August 2017|
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Response from masmith2017 | Reviewed this property |
this in one of the friendliest for handicap. I am not sure about loaner sand friendly wheelchairs. Some beaches have this but I have never seen one at Capitola.
5 July 2015|
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Response from Russ A | 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.