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Capitola Beach

Santa Cruz

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • The pier at Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • The pier at Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • Surfers line up for the break off of Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • Playing the waiting game at Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • Enjoying the sunset.- Capitola Beach
  • Dusk at Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • The colorful edifaces of Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • Capitola's charming bay and bridge.- Capitola Beach
  • Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • Beautiful views from Capitola.- Capitola Beach
  • The area sees plenty of traffic.- Capitola Beach
  • Capitola is a popular spot to catch a sunset.- Capitola Beach
  • Capitola's colorful beach wall.- Capitola Beach
  • Capitola is an ideal spot to catch a sunset.- Capitola Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Nice beach. Great sunrise views. Food and shopping.
Cons: 
Parking can be difficult.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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This charming beach is the main highlight of the Capitola area. Just minutes from Santa Cruz, Capitola Beach is definitely one of the local favorites. The adjacent town is full of nearby food, bars, beach shops, and live entertainment. Suffice it to say a dull moment is hard to come by here. 

From the wharf you can drop your line in the water and catch some fish, or catch a meal at the restaurant located at the end. Another great feature about this beach is the Capitola Venetian Hotel. These multi-colored Venetian-style buildings add to the allure and charm of Capitola Beach. 

Low tide reveals small tide pools on the south portion of the beach. Surfing and stand-up paddleboarding are popular activities here as well. Forget your board? No worries, there is a rental kiosk located near the clean and well maintained restrooms, and you can also inquire about lessons.

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