Welcome to Capitola
A one-of-a-kind coastal town with European charm.
Capitola is a coastal community that offers charm and inspiration from European and Venician stylings. Its 10,000 residents have quite the collection of restaurants, bakeries, boutiques, and art galleries. You'll be in awe daily of the brightly colored buildings and bright sunny beaches.
Capitola began as a small tourism spot but blossomed in the 1970s as people realized they were more interested in living there instead of just visiting. Since then, this classic beachfront city was named one of Sunset Magazine's Best Beach Towns.
What to Love
- A warm, welcoming seaside community
- Picturesque ocean views
- Unique, charming architectural history
You don't have to go far to get a taste of Capitola's uniqueness. It's present in the architecture, unique shops and boutiques, and along its gorgeous beaches. The area features friendly people, family-friendly neighborhoods, and a seaside community that reminds one of the quaint Mediterranean villages found across the pond.
All the services you could ever need are at your fingertips along 41st Avenue.
Your imagination and creativity is the only limit to life in Capitola.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For live music and drinks, enjoy Zelda's On The Beach or the torch-lit patios of Paradise Beach Grille. You can also find delicious breakfast and famous Bloody Mary's at The Sand Bar & Grill.
For a truly unique experience, check out the Shadowbrook cable car. It's a red trolly with a riverfront restaurant offering award-winning food and drinks.
Things to Do
The first thing you'll want to do is take in all the sights and charm along Capitola Beach. There you'll find a row of different colored homes that initially began as condominiums in the 1920s.
The oceanfront village is full of restaurants, boutiques, salons, and galleries. Pick up a picnic lunch and head to the beach or rent a board and take a surf lesson! The village also hosts many events from Art and Wine to Surfing Santa throughout the year. It's also home to the annual Begonia Festival and the Capitola Twilight Concert series.
Capitola City Beach has been a popular destination for swimming, surfing, and beach volleyball for over 140 years. Boat and fishing rentals are available at the Capitola Wharf. The New Brighton State Beach is also a popular destination for locals offering miles of beaches, campsites, and picnic areas inside the urban forests, Monterey Pines, and Coastal Live Oaks.
Capitola is home to a brand new comfortable, bright, and airy public library. And you can find out about Capitola's rich history at the Capitola Historical Museum.