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Capitola City Beach

Capitola, CA
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Beach Day

Love to walk the beach at sunset here after dinner! Parking can be tricky, so I spend the day at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Jose, CA
via mobile
Awesome- feels like Southern Cal in Northern Cal

If you are craving the classic SoCal feel but you are in Northern Cal, Capitola is the place to go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James M
San Francisco, CA
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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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“santa cruz” (37 reviews)
“cute beach” (4 reviews)
Capitola, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love to walk the beach at sunset here after dinner! Parking can be tricky, so I spend the day at the beach in Santa Cruz, then head to Capitola for a good meal and a sunset walk on the beach. After 8pm, parking is free!

Thank rjgypsy
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are craving the classic SoCal feel but you are in Northern Cal, Capitola is the place to go. Laid back, cool beach vibe. Tons of places to eat. Such a great beach town.

Thank James M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had fun hanging out at this beach late afternoon into the sunset hour. The colorful vintage houses, the restaurants on the beach, the laid back atmosphere was really sweet compared to Santa Cruz down the road. Nice family vibe in the afternoon. Lots of...More

1  Thank LuanaRubin
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 13 July 2017

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

Thank travel4fun111
Reviewed 12 July 2017

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 7 July 2017

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 July 2017

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 29 June 2017 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 12,34,386
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5 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.
20 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