Top Capitola Attractions

Nestled between Santa Cruz and Aptos, Capitola is a vibrant town known for being the oldest beach resort town on the entire West Coast. Here, visitors will find scenic piers, rainbow-hued beach cottages, and a bevy of boutiques and restaurants with local flavor.

Below, we’ve compiled a brief list of a few of the most notable Capitola attractions (as well as our favorites) that you’ll want to check out during your time in Capitola. We hope you enjoy these Capitola attractions as much as we do!

Capitola Bars & Breweries

Capitola Beaches

Capitola Restaurants

Capitola Shopping

The Mystery Spot

Capitola Hotel Accommodations

If you have a smaller group or are just looking to stay a night or two, a hotel might be a better option for you. The Capitola Hotel is a great choice! Located in the heart of the Capitola Village, Capitola Hotel offers luxurious rooms and a serene courtyard to relax in, with the beach just across the street.


Don’t Skip Out on These Attractions in Capitola

Capitola Wharf is a historic wharf built in the mid-1800s that is immersed in picturesque ocean and beachside views. It’s also home to renowned local restaurants like Wharf House Restaurant, a bait shop and pier fishing, and kayak rentals.

Next door to Capitola Wharf is Capitola City Beach, which has a colorful array of beach cottages that infuse the area with a Mediterranean ambiance. In spite of its adorable appearance, this beach remains largely hidden from large crowds—a rarity for any Californian beach town. Surfing conditions are also ideal for beginning and intermediate surfers down on the southern end of the beach. Other must-see beaches in the area include New Brighton State Beach

Home to boutique shopping and famously delicious restaurants, Capitola Village is within walking distance of Capitola City Beach. Check out the Thomas Kinkade art gallery, bakeries like Gayle’s Bakery, and high-end restaurants like the uniquely-designed Shadowbrook Restaurant, which still has its original bar from 1947, Swiss chalet décor, and even a cable car that goes to its entrance. With its romantic views of Soquel Creek and its lush gardens, Shadowbrook Restaurant is an excellent choice for an upscale date night dinner.

Take a step back in time when you visit the Capitola Historical Museum, which has interactive exhibits located inside of an old-fashioned school house within the village area. The nearby town of Soquel is also home to a number of historic buildings that now house its shops.

On the outskirts of Capitola close to Santa Cruz lies the phenomenon known as the Mystery Spot. Tucked away in the redwood forests, this locale is said to be a place that defies gravity—a gravitational anomaly. It’s certainly worth seeing for yourself firsthand!

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