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Capitola City Beach

Capitola, CA
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Beach day!

We stopped in on a Thursday morning to enjoy the beach. We arrived around 10:30 and were able to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Galena, Illinois
via mobile
brunch at bay

its a quick travel at capitola wharf , a lot of restaurant and things to do near the beach, its... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Eper T
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Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“great beach” (14 reviews)
Capitola, CA
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stopped in on a Thursday morning to enjoy the beach. We arrived around 10:30 and were able to find is parking. The beach was clean and quickly filled up after we arrived!

Thank Burns57777
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

its a quick travel at capitola wharf , a lot of restaurant and things to do near the beach, its either you go shopping at cute shops nearby , go surfing or just sitting around and enjoy its laid back scenery.

Thank Eper T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a vibrant beach scene with chairs, tents and lots of families. Parking is challenging and limited to 3 hours.

Thank travel4fun111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is an adequate amount of parking during the week. You must pay up front at a parking station. The beach has pretty views, restrooms and some shops with treats etc. It makes for a pretty nice day at the beach. The day we were...More

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From Santa Cruz, this is an easy drive. It was really crowded on Sunday and a little hard to see the beach for all the people but was easy to get around on roads in this small town. It was easy to find the city...More

Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went on a warm sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the beach, perfect for family with kids. marianne's icecream and pizza my heart are nearby. picturesque beach with colorful houses and a creek running, had a fabulous time. water was warm as well, perfect for...More

Thank Nithya82
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there by chance but we have been very satisfied. There was a very nice sandy beach and everbody were wave surfing . There were many different colour painted house at beach . It was imperessive for us . Everbody when go to Santa...More

1  Thank 1,234,386
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The delicious restaurants and beach bars lining capitola beach were so retro and interesting. Seeing the sun set over this colorful artist palate town was truly unique.

1  Thank 1Beachbabe55
Reviewed 17 June 2017

The boardwalk itself provides for good people watching, and in addition, there is the sight of watching people attempt to be lowered off the pear to the water for paddle boarding and kayaking – what an ordeal! The shop on the boardwalk has boats and...More

Thank JennyTDJ
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Although a very tiny beach, Capitola is unique in the way the tiny, colorful Mediterranean style village lines the waterfront, reflecting off of the Soquel creek that cuts through the beach and through the town. Complete with wharf, a winding esplanade, and fabulous fauna, it's...More

Thank misty_bee_Wyo
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Nearby Attractions
Capitola Historical Museum
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4 July 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.
19 March 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