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Peaceful spot

Every time we visit Capitola we spend a good part of one day walking along the beach and just... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Tim K
,
Sacramento, California
A true hidden gem

When you ask people where they should go in California, no one ever says Capitola. A heard about it... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
RiaAdams
,
Erlensee, Germany
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Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“santa cruz” (40 reviews)
“great beach” (17 reviews)
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Capitola, CA
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Every time we visit Capitola we spend a good part of one day walking along the beach and just sitting on a bench staring out at the beach and ocean. Great place to people watch.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

When you ask people where they should go in California, no one ever says Capitola. A heard about it from a friend and I can’t believe there aren’t more tourists! It’s a very cute and clean seaside town with lots of charm and the colorful...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

This is where you went in the 60`s. Now it has been lovingly restored to its glory days of the 30`s-60`s. Beautiful beach side rentals and amazing shopping to explore. There are restaurants close by so no driving required. The beach is groomed daily and...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

My partner and I stopped here for breakfast on route to Monterey. What a hidden little gem of a place. A quaint and beautiful coastal town with an abundance of shops, restaurants and cafes near to Capitola beach. The colourful houses are very picturesque. We...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Tucked away in a cove, this beach is everything I want. Warm sand, ocean a few steps away and a variety of food places. Even pizza by the slice. And touristy shops too. Grab your beach chair and a book and head out for Capitola...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

My grandchildren love Capitola beach. We go with our half tent, sand castle building buckets, boogie boards, wetsuits and just enjoy the water, sand and sunshine! A stop for ice cream cone is also a tradition! Fun family place!

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We went to Capitola beach during the begonia festival so it was a bit busy, but fun. It's a really quaint town on the water with great shops and restaurants. The beach area is small but nice for families and surfers. They have large public...More

Thank Michele H
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Fantastic beach with a gorgeous setting. We enjoyed Pizza of my Heart while the kids romped on the beach.

Thank Erin S
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

This is a nice beach that is kept clean by the city. They have their large tractor device that rakes the sand everyday which picks up the garbage in the mornings. The water temperature is too cold for me and it is often windy here...More

Thank E7864ENjuliel
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I have been coming to Capitola Beach for many years. I love how Capitola has resisted becoming huge and commercial. It has stayed a small town beach, and is great to spend some time here. The beach itself is nice and wide and plenty of...More

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amuela4
19 August 2017|
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Response from George L | Reviewed this property |
It is a long and wide sandy beach. The edge, away from the water, is a low seawall (for Winter storm surges). A wide cement sidewalk runs its entire length and is welcoming to wheelchairs. As a matter of fact, the Capitola... More
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TIMEATELL F
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.
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OakAthletics209
20 March 2015|
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Response from Russ A | Reviewed this property |
I have seen many dogs on and off leash at Capitola State beach. Sea Cliff State Beach also. Both great beaches
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