Spring Time and Beach House Rentals Capitola has you Covered

Spring Time and Beach House Rentals Capitola has you Covered

Spring is upon us and fresh air, the ocean breeze, and sunshine is calling! Capitola Village and a Beach House Rentals may be just what you need to answer. With the demands of school and work, families are gearing up for some much-needed R&R for Spring Break. The team at Beach House Rentals is ready to help you find the perfect beach house. Let’s Spring forward together.

fireside riverview
Enjoy beautiful Capitola river views

The Perfect Family Beach House could be your Spring Break response to any lingering winter doldrums. With five bedrooms and three bathrooms, there is room to sleep up to 10 guests. This beach house is perfect for larger families or a few smaller families to share in the fun together. It is just around the corner from Capitola Beach and all the Capitola Village activities.

I love the neighborhood of this beach house. Location is vital for families to access everything they anticipate while creating the perfect family vacation experience. Situated on the front end of Riverview Ave, You will feel like you are living like a local. Behind your beach house flows the ever-fascinating sights and sounds of the Soquel Creek. The Riverside pathway is in my top 3 places to stroll in Capitola Village. With wildlife that grazes the fluid creek and the paddle boarders making their way to the ocean, there is always something to feast one’s eyes on.

Capitola Beach has many options to choose from to place your beach blankets. If you are looking for some beach water activity, head to the south end of the beach. There you will find the Capitola Beach Company set up to rent SUP, boogie, or surfboards and all the gear needed for fun in the water. This beach is also a welcoming area for families to meet new beach buddies. With a lifeguard on duty and safety as their number one priority, relaxing will be added to the mix for some peace of mind. The restrooms are also located close by, and various delicious treats surround you.

We realize it’s essential to spend time together with families and larger groups at our beach house. The Perfect Family beach house invites you to do just that. It offers a few options for all those cookouts. A spacious, fully-stocked kitchen is set up and ready for use. The back patio has a large gas BBQ ready when you are with plenty of seating to keep the grill master company. On the riverside patio, there is also a charcoal BBQ available to use amongst the peaceful setting of the Soquel Creek. It has been newly landscaped and renovated into an idyllic Riverside oasis. Spend sunset time there and enjoy the company of friends and family, reminiscing on your glorious beach day.

Beach House Rentals has provided families with the ultimate beach vacation experience for over twenty years. We are so lucky to be in the heart of Capitola Village. Many Local Special Events happen year-round. With various beach house options available to you, helping you find the perfect beach house is our number one goal. The rest we can assure you will be nothing less than magical.


Enjoy Your Capitola Vacation Rental Anytime of the Year


Enjoy Your Capitola Vacation Rental Anytime of the Year

As Californians, we anticipate and welcome a rainy season. However, It may not line up with your Capitola Beach vacation plans.   Should that be the case, let this Capitola vacation rental be your sanctuary.

This split-level beach house has everything imaginable when the outside elements have you stuck indoors. A large carport has you covered to get you inside without a drop. The entrance has a full-size closet to accommodate the coats and boots to kick off till your next outing.

This beautiful, modern beach house has comfort and style written all over it.  With the mid-level hosting the open concept kitchen, living room, and dining area. The kitchen features a spacious sink with a large window to let in the fresh ocean breeze and see the comings and goings of the Riverview Avenue neighborhood. A full-sized fridge, dishwasher, gas range stovetop, and built-in microwave are surrounded by a contemporary mosaic backsplash in the kitchen.

A sweet dining nook sits around the corner with a bench seat against a large window to relax, watch the rain and catch the sun rays when they peak through. 

The living room resides amongst all that living space so that no one misses out on togetherness. A comfy, sectional couch sits along with a large flat-screen TV featuring cable, streaming, Apple TV, and DVD player. This lovely living space is enclosed with natural light from a vaulted ceiling, large windows, plus a skylight and a ceiling fan to keep the air circulating. 

Cozy living room

Sleeping arrangements dwell on the second and fourth levels. The second-level bedroom has a queen bed, flat-screen TV, and a full-size bathroom with a tub/shower combo just outside its door. The top-level bedroom is a private loft-style with a queen bed and a full-size bathroom outside its door. 

This Capitola vacation rental  fun, cozy, whimsical, and modern written all over it but don’t let that get you stuck at home for too long. Head on out for some local adventures to accommodate any rained-out activities you may have planned. 

Just a few miles North, located in the trendy and colorful downtown Santa Cruz is the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Better known as MAH, with rotating art and history exhibitions throughout the year. MAH also has thriving visual and performing artworks, public and cultural celebrations, along with educational and outreach programs. If you are a regular to our area, consider becoming a member and enjoy year-round.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Because of the location of the MAH we encourage you to stick around and enjoy the many wonders of Downtown Santa Cruz. In its own right is a flourishing and colorful downtown with talented street musicians, vibrant people-watching, delicious cafes and restaurants, and unique shops to discover. Downtown Santa Cruz shops offer everything from the always trendy clothing at Pacific Trading Co, unique plants and home decor at Botanic and Luxe, and the original BookShop Santa Cruz. Go explore our neighboring Santa Cruz; it will be sure to put a smile on your face.

To stay in the same theme of your beach vacation, consider visiting Seymour Marine Discovery Center if the rain persists. Take an umbrella and your rain boots just in case as there are both indoor and outdoor activities. Outdoors is expansive with walking and cycling trails to wander about. You’ll be in awe of the numerous skeletons and sculptures of our Marine world. Inside is just as thrilling with live marine life that inhabits our Monterey Bay.

Seymour Discovery Center
Seymour Discovery Center

Our Central Coast has so much to explore rain or shine. For some R&R pampering, Well Within Spa offers massage, facials, indoor/outdoor saunas, and soaking tubs. It is a local favorite. In all honesty, what enticed my first visit was their Herbal House Tea Blend serving up since 1985. They serve freshly brewed all day and are complementary with all services. Take a bag or 2 with you and if you find it as addicting as I say, have no worries, they ship!

Should you find yourself wanting to retreat indoors and watch a movie, check out the Del Mar Theater. It’s an Art Deco-style theater with lush red velvet tapestry, serving up all you would expect in a snack bar and so much more Santa Cruz style. The theater is known for featuring Indie Films, weekend-midnight cult classic films, alongside big-budget Hollywood movies. 

Don’t let undecided weather stop you from planning a Capitola vacation rental. Let the reservation specialists at Beach House Rentals recommend the right beach house for your stay and help plan any possible weather interruptions. When you Book Direct, you Save! I would imagine this on every list for 2022. 


Local Holiday Must-Do’s in Capitola and Santa Cruz

Capitola Local Holiday Must-Do’s 

It seems here in the glorious Capitola Village, Holiday-Season is upon us just like that. There is hardly any warning; our weather is pretty amazing October through December and some of our best beach weather is to be had. So how does Capitola get in the Spirit of the Season? I asked a few of our locals about their cherished traditions. At the top of everyone’s list is the Family Tree Cutting adventure. With the Santa Cruz Mountains in our backyard, what a great way to get started and tie in with your Capitola Vacation.

Start with the Six Sisters Beachfront Retreat as your new Holiday Family tradition, home away from home located in Capitola. This beautiful, comfortable and spacious beach house will be the highlight of your family time. While the home can sleep 12 people, there’s as much outdoor living as indoor. A huge fenced-in front yard for fun and games sits adjacent to all the excitement of Capitola Beach. Lifetime memories are sure to happen no matter where you spend your time.


Pick a day to trek the family up to the Santa Cruz Mountains in search of the perfect Christmas Tree. There are 2 locations to choose from at Patchen Tree Farm. Not only is the drive up there beautiful in its own right, but there are also quite a few activities for all ages to partake in, from wreath-making to Santa sightings. Make this adventure one the whole family will want to do year after year. 

The lovely living room window back at your beach house can host the pride of your tree cutting. Imagine the twinkling of the lights amongst the glistening of the moonlit ocean while gathered around your loved ones. The relaxation of a beach vacation paired with the adventure of tree hunting will be a family holiday to be remembered for years to come.

Another desirable family beach house is the Luxurious Dream Beach House. This beautiful vacation rental sits just at the beginning of the Capitola Wharf and is steps away from the sweetest beach spot to the right. The two-level beach home has decks on both, with views of the gingerbread-like houses lit up on Depot Hill this time of year. The expansive kitchen and dining area provide enough space for your Holiday feasts; with 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, comfort is felt throughout the beach house. 

Take in some fresh mountain air and head out to the Four Winds Christmas Tree Ranch. Get the family involved to pick the right tree for this exquisite beach house. Any tree you cut down is a flat $70.00 so go big if you choose; the home is meant for grandiose. The Four Winds also serve up gratis, hot chocolate and apple cider on the weekends. They are conveniently open until Christmas. If the timing is right, you might get lucky and have a sprinkling of snow to make it truly magical. It can happen but know your gorgeous beach house awaits you. Dreams do come true here in Capitola Village. 

Make this Holiday family time extra special. Experience a couple of other local Must-Do activities in Santa Cruz County. Roaring Camp and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offer Holiday Lights Train rides. Either of these gets the anticipation and excitement of the season rolling. 


My personal favorite Must-See is the lighted boats at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Bundle up at sunset and walk along the water’s edge and if feeling extra energized go all the way to the spectacular Walton Lighthouse. There is about a 1-2 mile option across the Glen E. Coolidge Memorial Bridge on Eaton St. or cover the entire Santa Cruz Harbor and get your 10,000 steps in.  


There are also many benches along the way; you may want to sit, pause and ponder on the wonder of the season in Santa Cruz. The decorated boats glistening upon the water under the moonlight are so beautiful; it makes us realize how blessed we are to be here. 

All of us at Beach House Rentals wish you and your families Love and Joy this Holiday Season and may the coming year be one of Health and Hope for all. 


Hiking the Redwoods on a Beach Vacay; Why not?

Hiking the Redwoods on a Beach Vacay; Why not?

When you think of a Capitola Beach vacation, usually what’s on the agenda is fun in the sun, waves for days, and romantic sunset strolls; all depending on who you’re sharing the vacation with. Our extraordinary Central Coast, even in the Fall, offers an abundance of much more if you so desire. Let me share with you a couple of my favorite nearby hikes all the while on a Capitola Beach vacation:

Let’s get started on the right path: the beach house. Capitola Cliff Beach House #3 or Capitola Cliff Beach House #4. Either Cliff House is an ideal family and dog-friendly dwelling in which to gather the whole clan. Both beach homes sleep a total of eight each; their front doors are within arm’s length. Imagine celebrating that “once in a lifetime” event or a family reunion at a beach house. Start a new family tradition and make any holiday one to look forward to each year. One day is never enough for those special occasions. 

Once that’s settled, take a look at what’s just outside your window. Both beach homes feature 2 incredible balconies with ocean and village views, secure underground parking, and just a stone’s throw away from Capitola Village restaurants, boutiques, and the Capitola Beach shoreline. Spend the day doing all you expect on your Capitola Beach vacation. 


When a little adventure is calling, pack a picnic or grab the goods from Reef Dog Deli and head out for a full day of fun to my “go-to place” of Fall Creek. This gorgeous area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has a little something for everyone; The Lime Kilns Loop is perfect year-round, rain or shine, cool or warm, little legs to longer ones; these trails lead the imagination to run wild. 


If some of the group choose to do the entire loop in one full decent cardio hike, go for it. You’ll “loop” around in no time to join the others. There are many stopping points along the creeks trail to explore the wonders of the changing season happenings for those who want to take it all in. 

The lovely forest floor in the Autumn months is plentiful with colorful leaves, thirsty moss, and ferns and bright yellow banana slugs. There are unique little bridges to cross, rocks to skip or climb, and nooks in which to lay out your blanket of snacks. If you should find yourself here in the Spring, Fall Creek is alive with colorful wildflowers and baby wildlife. Look, listen and breathe in all of Mother Nature year-round.


For you, Type A personalities, Capitola Cliffs Beach House #1 aka Beautiful Oceanview Condo is just that. Outside the glorious glass wall of visual eye candy is a full day of adventure. Let your daytime drive begin with a brisk walk to the Capitola Wharf. Move on to renting a surfboard at the Capitola beach and then energize the rest of your night with the music scene at The Sand Bar. All this awaits you just outside your door. However, the simple, organized elegance of this beach house may entice you to stray just a little and relax.  


Can I entice you with a trailblazing 11.6-mile hike through the Forest of Nisene Marks?  Bridge Creek Trail to Maple Falls is the perfect balance of venture, challenge, and ambition. To begin with, you may not think so, but as you delve deeper in and realize there’s no turning back until you reach the anticipated waterfall, just know that a lovely Beach House awaits you. You know, the one with the peaceful ocean views, a cozy fireplace, and comfy bed to dream about tomorrow’s agenda. My guess is, you’re going to get that much-needed repose whether you like it or not. 

Fun in the sun or under a canopy of trees; you can have it all on your Capitola vacation. Book direct and save @ Beach House Rentals The variety of activities is endless and our team is here to help you choose the perfect beach house for your wants and needs. We love it here year ‘round but something about Autumn makes us fall in love all over again. We welcome you to share the experience. 


Sunset Heaven at Aptos Beach Drive

Aptos Beach Drive Sunset

I’m not sure if I’ve ever said this in my lifetime but I’m kinda looking forward to the time change this year. Why would anyone wish this? Sunsets, of course! For me, catching these in the summer months wrecks havoc on the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Besides, this time of year the changing weather patterns result in the most glorious sunsets. I can catch both sunsets and sunrises and still get my beauty rest during these earlier beauties. 

Where better to indulge in this… aboard the SS Rio Del Mar vacation rental, where fantasy meets reality in the most dreamy way. Aptos Beach Drive Boat House is the perfect place for the soul to enjoy. Imagine yourself amid our most undeniably beautiful central coast landscape. Whether mother nature gives you pristine, sunny skies or rapturous, moody clouds, this fun filled beach house will grant you memories to last a lifetime. 

The Rio Del Mar beach house sleeps 6 guests comfortably, and provides all the necessary amenities to never really have to anchor and dock. The Master bedroom hosts a comfy, cozy King size bed in which to take in the compelling ocean views. Open the sliding door and let the waves lure you to drift away or waken when the body is ready.

The guest bedroom is perfect in its own right. You really do feel as if you are on the bow of a ship and sailing past the iconic SS Palo Alto aka ol’ Cement Ship. A perfect backdrop for nighttime stories of Sea Adventures and Pirate Tales. 

Besides everything in a Galley the chef could want, the expansive Port Side in which to watch TV or the waves rolling in, or the Mess Deck to fill the appetites of the day; luxury is spent in the tranquilizing, spa-like bathroom. Climb in the jetted tub, sink into oblivion, and let no worry get in your way; you are in harmony with what is outside that window.  

When you find yourself ashore, either direction will offer miles of sand and water for all activities in the plans. The distinctive beach flats just around the corner offer a variety of dine in or take out options to accommodate those plans. Some local favorites are Flats Bistro and Pixie Deli.

Of course there are many other options for chasing sunsets around the Central Coast. A Capitola local favorite is on Depot Hill. Walk up the heart pumping, 86 stair steps located just behind Mijos Taqueria (you may as well grab a couple tacos to take with you) and pick your spot among the many benches provided. 


You can also meander up there through the walkway along Monterey Ave to the quaint Hihn Park. Pick up a Blue Plate Dinner on your way from the delectable Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria and enjoy your meal amongst the open skies. 

Depot Hill
Photo by @CapitolaVillage

If sunset time and a stroll among the quaint streets of Capitola Village is your way of winding down the day, a warm beverage from Zelda’s Coffee Bar is sure to set the mood. “Get lost” while wandering in and out of the many intertwining paths and take in the wonder of the skies. This walking map of Capitola will guide you along your evening’s journey so you can cover all Capitolas charm. 


With so many places to explore and chase sunsets, the list is endless here on our incredible Monterey Bay Coast line. Why not add a beach vacation in a Beach House and capture a Sunrise and a Sunset throughout your stay. A Boat House on the sand! Chasing Sunsets! How cool is that without losing a wink!

The Best of Fall in Santa Cruz County


The best of Fall: October and November Activities and Events in Santa Cruz County

We love the Summer fun in Capitola Village, but if we’re being honest, the fun just keeps on going all throughout Fall in Capitola Village and Santa Cruz County. If you read our last blog about the 8 Top Activities to do in September in Capitola Village, the activities keep on falling into October and November. Read on to mark your calendars, book a beach house and experience them below:

Check out a pumpkin patch (and dahlias)!

We love pumpkin patches! If you’re looking for a coastal experience, with hundreds of pumpkins lining up a hill overlooking the ocean, with cute picture-taking opportunities, a corn maze, fresh veggies and more, then Rodoni Farms is your go-to! It’s located just off Highway One as you drive up north

outside of Santa Cruz.

If you want to experience a cute hidden gem, check out Post Street Farms near Costco in Santa Cruz.

They have a gorgeous garden of dahlias among the hundreds of pumpkins bordering the property.

Go apple-picking, pie-eating, and have a picnic at Gizdich Ranch!

Get outta town and drive through the orchards in Watsonville for an amazing experience of apple-picking, tasting a delicious pie of your choice, and pack a picnic to enjoy among the orchards at Gizdich Ranch! Sounds pretty tasty to me!



Women on Waves Surf Contest at Capitola Beach on October 9th!

Check out or participate in the annual Women on Waves Surf Contest on Saturday, October 9th. This is an amazing local surf contest fundraiser event for women to participate and surf in! Click here for more information!



Fireworks Show over Capitola Wharf on Sunday, October 10th at 7:30pm!

Come on down to Capitola Village and be prepared to say “ooo” and “aaah” hundreds of times while the Monte Foundation puts out the best fireworks show of the year. Contact Beach House Rentals at 831-475-1808 to book your getaway for this fantastic event! Click here for more details about this show.


Capitola Plein Air Art Festival November 1-7

Capitola Plein Air is back! This November, forty professional artists will arrive in Capitola to paint the town…literally! Click Here for more information. Book your stay to be inspired by these amazing artists as they paint the town we call our happy place!


The Monarch Butterflies at Natural Bridges State Park!

It’s that wonderful time of year when butterflies descend upon Santa Cruz! Thousands of fluttering monarch butterflies winter in the eucalyptus trees on the Westside of Santa Cruz at Natural Bridges State Park, California’s only state park butterfly preserve. They typically migrate in mid-October and stay until February. November tends to be the best month to view them. We look forward to this every year!



Enjoy it all from the comfort of your own vacation rental!

Contact us at Beach House Rentals to plan a relaxing, fall getaway to Capitola and experience all that our area has in store. Email us at info@beach-houserentals.com or call 831-475-1808


8 Must Do September Activities in the Santa Cruz Area

September in Santa Cruz is known as “secret summer,” with warmer weather and less crowds, it’s the perfect time to visit the Santa Cruz area. Here are 8 must do September Activities in Santa Cruz. 

Catch a Sunset

The sunsets in Santa Cruz County in September are absolutely stunning. Lots of vibrant reds and pinks that will leave you awestruck. The best place to see a September sunset is along West Cliff and over Natural Bridges State Beach. Head to the beach around 6:45pm to be sure you won’t miss it. After the sun sets behind the ocean, grab a drink at nearby Venus Spirits or Humble Sea Brewery. 

Visit the Santa Cruz County Fair 

county fairBe sure to catch the Santa Cruz County Fair in Watsonville this September. It celebrates the local agricultural history of the community and people. Explore the exhibition halls filled with local flavor. It’s always interesting to see what the community has up their sleeves when it comes to homemade jam and pies, photography and painting skills, crafting, homebrewing, and unique collections.

On top of getting a good flavor for the community through these exhibitions, see live music, catch the horse show and pig races, take a spin on a carnival ride, try to win a stuffed animal, and of course take advantage of your excuse to eat fried food! This is for sure a must do September activity in Santa Cruz for the whole family. This year, the Santa Cruz County Fair is September 15-19, 2021. 

Capitola Art & Wine Festival

Taste wine and view art at this weekend-long event that has been occurring every September for more than thirty- five years in Capitola Village. The Capitola Art & Wine Festival  is a local favorite that brings crowds from miles around and features over a hundred fine artists; more than twenty Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, local artisans, and vendors; a food court that offers a wide range of delicious food; and a kids’ art and music area to entertain the little ones. Admission is free, but there is a charge to taste wine. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the local performing arts groups and live music throughout. The Capitola Art & Wine Festival is coming up September 11th & 12th, 2021.

Visit a Farmers Market

Feel like a Santa Cruz local and stop by one of the many local farmers markets! Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets have been providing the local community with the best selection in seasonal organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers from local farmers.

They also supply pasture-raised meats, eggs, and dairy, sustainably harvested seafood, and artisan-made goods. When you purchase items from any of these farmers’ markets, you’re getting the freshest and healthiest foods. You’re also supporting local jobs and the growth of our farming community.

Take a Hike Around the Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden

The Arboretum & Botanic Garden maintains collections of rare and threatened plants. Plants from California natives,Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand are displayed on the grounds. Many of the species in these collections are not otherwise available for study in American botanical gardens and arboreta. 

Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling around the gardens and enjoying the many unique plants and relaxing atmosphere. The first Tuesday of the month, September 7th,  the Arboretum is open without charge to visitors. 

Capitola Beach Festival 

Capitola’s Annual Beach Festival will take place September 25-26, 2021 in Capitola Village. Look forward to a 3-Miler Fun Run hosted by the Wharf to Wharf, a Horseshoe Tournament, the Lighted Nautical Parade, a Fishing Derby, Sand Sculpture Contest, Chalk Art Event, Concert in Esplanade Park, Rowboat Races and so much more. This event is free and open to the public! Bring the kids too as this is a family-friendly event. 

Fishing on the Capitola Wharf 

September is a great time to try fishing on the Capitola Wharf. ​​Rent fishing equipment from Capitola Boat and Bait and spend a lazy afternoon waiting for the fish to bite on the end of the beautiful Capitola Pier. The waters of the Monterey Bay are filled with a variety of fish including rockfish, lingcod, salmon, halibut, white sea bass and so much more. You’re sure to catch something if you’re patient enough. 

Santa Cruz Beach Train 

September is a spectacular time of year to take the Santa Cruz Beach Train. Travel through the gorgeous Henry Cowell Redwood Forest as fall starts to set in this time of year. You’ll travel down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1900 steel truss bridge and through a historic tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 

Stay at the Newly Remodeled Beautiful Capitola Beach Condo

This two bedroom, one bathroom condo is located in the heart of Capitola Village and is walking distance to Capitola Beach and downtown Capitola Village. With a contemporary style and everything you’d need in a home away from home, this beach house is perfect for 2 couples or a single family to enjoy a beach getaway this September.

Enjoy an evening glass of wine on the deck, cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, or walk down to Capitola Village’s newest restaurant, Trestles, to enjoy farm-to-table cuisine in a casual atmosphere. This rental also has  2 convenient assigned parking spaces in the carport. You’ll feel like you just stepped into a modern and coastal showroom as you enter the expertly designed home. Relax and enjoy this lovely beach home, the perfect home base to explore the best of September in Santa Cruz County.  Browse September availability and book the Beautiful Capitola Beach Condo online. Let us know when you’ve completed our must do September activities in Santa Cruz, we hope you enjoy! 

Can’t Miss 2021 Capitola Village Events

Many events are back in full swing! Here are some upcoming 2021 Capitola Village events not to be missed!

Capitola Village Twilight Concert Series 

Capitola Twilight Concert

Grab a blanket and some snacks and come enjoy the free, outdoor concerts with an ocean view at the Capitola Esplanadebandstand every Wednesday through the summer until September 1st. All concerts begin at 6 p.m and go until about 8 p.m. Enjoy every genre from Classic Rock, to Latin, Blues, Soul, and Americana. Many nearby restaurants will be staying open later too so you can grab a bite to-go to enjoy at the show from nearby Mijos Tacos, Castagnola Deli, Pizza My Heart, and even Gayle’s Bakery! Some popular upcoming performances to look forward to are Alex Lucero and Live Again, and the Joint Chiefs! 


Stay around the corner from Esplanade Bandstand at the Six Sisters Beachfront Retreat.This 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom beach house rental sleeps 12 and is one of the  landmark townhomes located in the center of Capitola Village, across from Capitola Beach. This luxurious beach home is the perfect spot for a  special celebration with friends and family, or even to reconnect with colleagues for an intimate corporate retreat.

Sunday Art on the Capitola Beach 

Art at the Capitola BeachFrom 11am to 5pm on July 18, August 1 & 15, 2021, enjoy an afternoon at Esplanade Park, next to Capitola Beach, overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. Browse and buy artwork from local artists. A variety of mediums will be on display including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and mixed media. This is a family friendly event so bring the kids! They can play on the beach while you scour the booths for your next piece of favorite art. It’s free and open to the public too! Afterward, enjoy al fresco dinner and drinks at one of the waterfront Esplanade restaurants. Margaritaville is a local’s favorite!

Stay up the road at Capitola Cliffs Unit 4 beach house in Capitola Village. This dog friendly beach house has breathtaking ocean views from two balconies. Located just a short block to Capitola Beach and the Village, this 2 bedroom beach house with an additional private loft bedroom upstairs accommodates up to 8 guests. Book it now for an upcoming Art Sunday at the beach.

Movies at the Capitola Beach 2021 movies at the beach

Look forward to free movies at Capitola Beach as the weather gets warmer this September! On Friday, September 10 there will be a free showing of Dolittle, and the following week on Friday, September 17 there will be a free showing of Frozen 2. This is a great kid friendly activity for all ages. Bring a picnic dinner (and popcorn of course!) or dine locally at restaurants nearby. Grab some sweet treats too from Capitola Candy Cafe  down the street or a milk & cookies ice cream scoop from Polar Bear Ice Cream. Low back chairs, blankets and jackets are recommended as it gets a bit chilly at night. 

Stay at our lovely, newly furnished Capitola Village Beach Rental, the perfect place for a small family getaway. This beach home is located in the heart of Capitola Village, with  2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, this home sleeps 4, and offers garage parking and a private patio with BBQ to enjoy! You and your group are walking distance to boutiques, restaurants, bars, and Capitola Beach where the free movies will be shown! Reserve it today and have a September Capitola getaway to look forward to. 

Capitola Art & Wine Festival 

Capitola Art and Wine FestThe Capitola Art & Wine Festival is back for 2021! Mark your calendars for September 11th from 10 am to 6 pm, it’s going to be a fun weekend for the whole family! There will be a selection of local wine and art, as well as live music and delicious food throughout the Capitola Village. Stroll the Festival and admire the amazing talent of 150+fine artists while tasting exquisite wines from finest Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. Take a break to enjoy the live music and performing arts groups throughout the weekend too! And, there’s also a Kids Art & Music Area which offers crafts and musical play to keep the kids entertained. The Capitola Art & Wine Festival is one of the top Capitola events of the year. 

We only have a few homes left for this popular weekend, so reserve your stay today to ensure you and your group will have a place to stay for the weekend!

Reserve your Capitola beach home to ensure you make it to some of these 2021 Capitola Village events. Make up for the last year and a half and start making plans to enjoy time and make memories with family and friends in our quaint Capitola Village by the sea. 

6 Best Picnic Spots in Capitola with Easy Access From the Capitola Village Beach Rental

Stay at the Capitola Village Beach Rental, one of our newest Beach House Rentals in Capitola Village, and explore some of the best nearby picnic spots in Capitola.

Capitola Village Beach Rental

With the gorgeous California weather, endless scenic spots, and plenty of delicious bites to grab from local restaurants andeateries, Capitola has some of the best hidden picnic spots in the Bay Area. Just a short drive from San Francisco, stay at Beach House Rentals newest home, Capitola Village Beach Rental.Enjoy amazing beach picnic spots nearby. 

Capitola Village Beach Rental 

Look forward to your next Capitola Beach vacation at our lovely, newly furnished beach house rental! In the heart of Capitola Village, this 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom beach rental sleeps 4 and is one of the best vacation rentals in Capitola. You and your family or close group of friends will be walking distance to boutiques, restaurants, bars and the beach! 

With a private garage for one car, a private patio with gas bbq, and patio furniture to relax in. This home also has a fully equipped kitchen. The Capitola Village Beach Rental has everything you’ll need for a relaxing stay in Capitola Village. 

This is the perfect place for 2 couples to enjoy a getaway to Capitola Village or a family of 4 to spend time reconnecting in quaint Capitola Village. Located down Riverview Avenue, you are just a quick stroll or a short drive to some of the best picnic spots in Capitola! 

Picnic Setup 

CharcuterieBefore you make your way to some of our favorite Capitola picnic areas, you’re gonna need your picnic setup. There are a few great eateries in Capitola Village to pick up some goodies for a delicious picnic in the sunshine. One of our favorite go-to places is the Reef Dog.

This vintage Capitola cottage deli has handcrafted sandwiches and a great selection of cheese and charcuterie. Pick up their “Beach Box,” a small selection of meats, cheese and sides, or their full charcuterie platter (advanced orders required for this one). 

Castagnola Deli is also a good choice for a meat and cheese set-up for your picnic. Their “Beach Box 2 Go” has different options to choose from. Select a cheese, meat and cracker box, a sandwich combo box, veggie & hummus box, and more! 

A few more Capitola Village dining options worth mentioning to stop into for your picnic setup are Little Koe’s Beach Bites to pick up some crab or lobster sliders and fresh seafood preparations in seasonal root vegetable “taco” shells for a healthy picnic option. Or head to Mijos Tacos for some grab-and-go street tacos or burritos. 

And of course there’s Pizza My Heart if your ideal picnic involves an award winning pizza like the Big Sur or Figgy Piggy. There are so many great dining options in Capitola Village. We could go on but we’ll leave it there and take you on a tour of our favorite picnic spots around Capitola. 

Capitola Beach

Capitola Beach 

A favorite picnic spot for many is Capitola Beach. A great area to settle into is right near the Capitola Wharf. For a scenic spot witha great backdrop, pick a spot in front of the Capitola Venetians. 

Here, not only will you get panoramic views of the ocean, Capitola Village and Capitola Wharf, you’ll also be situated right in front of the colorful Capitola Venetians, the perfect backdrop for your picnic photos. Grab your girlfriends, your best picnic outfit, and your charcuterie platters and have a fun photoshoot of your picnic setup at the Capitola Beach! 

New Brighton State Beach 

On to our next picnic spot. If waterfront bluffs are more of the setting you’re looking for, New Brighton State Beach is the Capitola picnic spot for you. Here you’ll find a gorgeous picnic area on a waterfront bluff overlooking the Monterey Bay. You’ll have to park in the lower level beach lot and walk up the picnic area. 

If you get here early enough, you’ll be able to snag one of  the picnic tables that sit on the waterfront bluffs. This is a great picnic spot for kids since you’ll have plenty of room to spread out and lots of space for them to run around and explore in between bites. Settle in with the family and enjoy the sweeping coastal views and ocean breeze. 

Jade Street Park 

Of course if you’re more interested in a typical picnic setting at a grassy park, Jade Street Park is not too far away from your Capitola Village Beach Rental home base. This clean, community park has plenty of lush grass that you’ll have your pick of spots to throw down your picnic blanket and settle into. Another great picnic spot if you’ve got kids with you, this quaint local park has several play areas for kids to explore while the adults catch up over Camembert.

Depot Hill
Photo by @CapitolaVillage

 Top of Depot Hill 

This is the place to picnic if you’re looking for a romantic setting to enjoy with your significant other. Head up the Depot Hill stairs just before sunset and grab a bench that overlooks the Capitola Village to watch the sun disappear over the charming village as the twinkling lights of the town come on. After your sunset picnic with an ocean view, head down into the Capitola Village for an evening cocktail or glass of wine overlooking the water at Paradise Beach Grille.  

Capitola Esplanade Bandstand 

Capitola Esplanade ConcertCapitola Village Twilight Concerts at the Capitola Esplanade Bandstand are back starting this July! Look forward to free shows every Wednesday starting at 6pm from local favorites like Extra Large and Alex Lucero. Bring some chairs and your picnic setup to enjoy during the show! 

Along the Soquel Creek

Another romantic spot for two to enjoy an intimate picnic is along the San Lorenzo River. This one is super close to your Capitola Village Beach Rental. As you make your way down Riverview Avenue toward the village, make a right turn just before the bridge, right as you pass the Armida Winery Tasting Room.  Here you’ll find a bench situated right along the Soquel Creek! Settle down on the bench with your picnic for two and enjoy the relaxing setting along the water. 

There are plenty of fun picnic spots to choose from in Capitola Village. This selection of some of the best picnic spots in Capitola will get you started and you’re sure to discover some other great hidden picnic spots along the way! Book your Capitola Village Beach Rental getaway today and start enjoying some of these top Capitola picnic ideas. 

Capitola by the Sea Rental, Our Newest Beach House Rental Home

Welcome to the family! “Capitola by the Sea Rental” Our newest Beach House to join our variety of Beach House Rentals in the picturesque Capitola Village. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce this whimsical, sunset colored new property to you.

Capitola by the Sea

Let’s start off from the moment of arrival to your Capitola vacation home; as you simply park your vehicle, ascend the wide stairway, you enter your private, outdoor living area adjacent to the front door. You’ll find a serene, glass walled deck so as not to obstruct any views no matter where you’re situated. There is so much space for you and your guests to stretch out.

Sink into an adirondack with your summer read, host “Happy Hour” under the patio umbrella, and grill up your evening meal with the new gas BBQ. One block away you’ll find Capitola Wine Bar and Merchants and Reef Dog Deli. They both stock everything you need for that special event. Even the chef joins the party with an all inclusive deck; no one misses a laugh or the glorious sunset that is sure to make you pause and soak it all in. 

Capitola by the SeaAs you make your way indoors, the living room invites you to a corner sitting area for some serious conversation about your Capitola vacation plans. Or head straight to the comfy couch, put up your feet and settle in for your streaming programs. This beach house offers a large flat screen, smart TV with HULU live ready for you. 

A lovely arched entrance invites you into the spacious where you’ll find modern, updated appliances, a large island with bar stools and a beautiful marble dining table. The kitchen is fully stocked with all necessary items for preparing any meal you choose. Capitola by the Sea

Just off the kitchen is another private deck for taking in the views of the charismatic yet grand homes perched atop Depot Hill looming over the Capitola Village. It’s the perfect cozy spot to start your morning or wind down the night and see the sparkling lights lingering in quaint Capitola by the Sea.

Make your way up a couple of steps to the bedrooms. The left side hosts a comfortable queen bed, views of the front deck and a private ensuite, enclosed with a charming Barn Door. To the right is a 3 person sleeping Capitola by the Seaarrangement with a Hollywood twin over full to invite fun, storytelling times for the nights ahead. There is also a large walk in closet and a delightful, colorful bench for hanging out on. 

Just outside the second bedroom in the hall is a contemporary, ample bathroom with a large walk in shower. You’ll also find a washer/dryer behind the hall closet door and plenty of shelving for any necessary storage. 

This dog friendly Capitola by the Sea beach house, rests in the heart of Capitola Village. All the fun Capitola Village shops are literally around the corner, the local eateries just on the other side and then the ultimate destination “Capitola Beach” only a few more strides.

There really is no need to get back in your car. To keep up your exercise routine, head over to the notorious Depot Hill Steps that begin just behind Mijo’s Taqueria. The heart pounding, 86 steps is worth the incredible view you first looked up to from your kitchen patio. Roam along the sea cliff edge and into the neighborhood of Depot Hill. You’ll find charming beach homes amidst grand 19th century homes, tucked within lush, blooming  gardens and distinguished trees. You may just want to take another go at the cement staircase and keep that cardio going. 

For a less daunting leg stretch, the riverside pathway is the perfect stroll. Morning, day or evening, the happenings along the river are so enjoyable to take in all the sights and sounds. Wander back to where you started with ocean views that peek through the Stockton Bridge and links its way across Soquel Creek. It’s the perfect backdrop for all your photo ops.

When a little entertainment is in the plans head on over to the Wharf House situated near the end of the amusing Capitola Wharf. Live music, dancing, food, drinks and fun for all with people watching at its liveliest. Soak in the views of Monterey Bay and watch the sun go down upon Santa Cruz all the way across to Pacific Grove. 

Of course, your vacation rental awaits you. We truly love this new property addition to our Beach House Rentals and invite you to experience a family adventure, a couples getaway, a flexcation or any other reason you can dream up on your Capitola vacation. It will become your home away from home and you can go ahead and say “Yes, I’m a local.”

Ordinary things to do in Extraordinary times or Visa Versa

Any way you look at it, Capitola Village is extraordinary at all times! With Covid lingering in our lives, Beach House Rentals wanted to share new things happening in our “Happy Place” and some ideas that will keep you and your families moving in positive ways toward the future. 

All of our Capitola Village beach homes come equipped with kitchens to cook up your meals but sometimes, why bother? CAPITOLA VILLAGE RESTAURANTS have been whipping up feasts all along these current obstacles. They just want to feed you and are ever-so-happy to please your appetites. Whether dining outside on their cozy curbside bistros or taking it to go, the beach and your lovely abode are all within walking distance. 

Our newest Capitola Village restaurant family member is Reef Dog Deli. We anxiously awaited to see this one open, conveniently across the street from our Beach House Rentals office. They have something for every whim, every taste bud, every weather condition. Today, I’m diggin in to the Reefy’s {Smoked beef brisket pastrami, melted Vermont sharp cheddar, Guinness Stout caramelized onion relish, stone ground mustard, on toasted Jewish rye} and probably later in the afternoon I may just grab a quick, melt in your mouth, lemon cookie and ……. Oh yes, back to work!

With the new kid in town, let’s not forget about our ol’ loyal village favorites. Who leaves town without a slice and a Tee from the 1st original 1981 landmark Pizza My Heart? Take your slice or the whole pie over to the colorful tiled beach sea wall to catch the glorious sunsets this time of year. 

Need to get your steps in before settling down for sunset hour?  Head on up to Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria for their amazing Blue Plate Dinner nightly special. It’s a locked in favorite among locals. Continue your trek up to another local gem at HIHN PARK Linger down your evening there with plenty of distance from others and capture the entire Capitola Village simmer in color. 

With the ocean breeze, the gentle waft of waffles will lead you straight to Souza’s Ice Cream & Candy. Creamy delights stuffed inside freshly made waffle cones topped with your heart’s desire to make all we’ve been through worth it. Wander along the riverwalk taking your time with every delectable lick and enjoy the comings and goings of the flowing Soquel Creek. Active with ducks and seagulls, occasionally a Great White Egret or Green Heron can be spotted, along with other various bird species. 

As we adjust to the changing times some of us may not want to go back to exactly how things were. Tight scheduling, juggling all the family’s activities left many of us exhausted just looking at the daily calendar. We’ve figured out we’re more comfortable at home; more motivated and able to fit things into our schedule. Exercise isn’t a dreaded word anymore. The creativity of Virtual exercise class has taken over how we view a much needed healthy habit. 

The thing is even on vacay when you’re at your home away from home, and you’ve devoured a  Reefy’s sandwich, a couple of slices of pizza and a “settle the tummy with a sherbert” psych you can still participate in your exercise routine any time you darn well please. 

Our Capitola Merchants have done an awesome job of keeping the shopping needs of visitors and locals open and safe. I’ve noticed the kindness and patience of both shopkeepers and shoppers. I certainly appreciate not only safe space, but space in general to get a good look at new arrivals and maybe things that are always offered but have missed “seeing” in the past. While waiting for your turn to go in, take advantage of the creative window displays. They’re always changing and once inside you may not see it the same way. They are meant to entice you in but now they captivate you to linger and visually enjoy. 

Need to spread your wings, maybe do something you never thought of doing? Let this link Capitola Wharf lure you in. Try your hand at fishing off the pier, no license required! Capitola Boat and Bait will hook you up with everything needed. Or if you’re up for the challenge the Bay offers, they will set you up for a fun filled day on the water. 

When all is said and done the Wharf House is the perfect spot to wind down your day. Let the surrounding sounds, the intoxicating aromas and the visually stimulating Pacific Ocean remind all of us of the blessings we are sure to find in these extraordinary times.  

Ditch the Winter Blues with stunning Beach Views

Whether it’s dreary skies that have you down or the lingering dealings of the past year, one thing that never disappoints is “The beach” First off, this time of year there is more space to relax on the sand. Find your favorite spot, maybe the one that’s always taken in the busy season or discover a new one you never saw with the summer crowds. Outdoor living is where it’s at and how lucky are we to spend it here in Capitola. Beach House Rentals has a little something for everyone; so browse around, give us a call and skip the winter blues in a positive, active, healthy direction. 

Set up the tents and lay out the blankets along with all the necessary snacks or take-out from the many Capitola’s eateries and spend the day in vacay mode. During the “off season” you can spread your wings with your frisbee skills without worrying it’ll land up in someone else’s lap. Or challenge your core group to a round robin of Paddle Ball or Corn Hole. Beach time fun is sure to be had with so many family friendly games. Check out 10 Best Beach Games in 2021 for easy, packable beach fun. 

Yoga and pilates enthusiasts join one of the many available outdoor/beach classes @ pleasure point yoga Or pack your boom box and groove out to your own zumba class oceanside. If you’ve never danced on the beach before, it’s a workout besides being free and fun. 

The changing tides this time of year offer so much adventure and discovery. Be prepared with the king tides to be up close and personal with what lies beneath on our ocean floor.  However, if all you really want to do is start that book you’ve been meaning to read, go for it. Of course if a nap happens to creep in like the ocean breeze, don’t fight it. Just remember to stay in vacay mode. 

Time to head to the dwelling place; only steps away is your Luxury Oceanside Dream Beach House  Indoor and outdoor comforts; This is luxury at it’s finest. This beach house sleeps 9 with amenities to accommodate your every mood. So come and go as you please and wake up every morning filled with unlimited possibilities. 

Looking for somewhere your furry friends can accompany, just cross the street for three dog friendly beach view options. The Capitola Cliffs # 1,3 and 4 offer a combination of ease, comfort, and the best “people watching” balcony around. Right now, during the off season book a 2 (or more) night stay and get the 3rd night free. Now that’s something to brighten up the winter blues!