As anyone who has been to our charming, colorful town of Capitola will know, it is very Instagram worthy, with it’s ocean and river views, the vibrant Venetian-esque cottages that sit next to the water, and quaint store fronts. Here are our picks for the the most “Instagrammable” spots in Capitola! Next time you’re in town, find them and recreate the Instagram moment. Tag us @beachhouserental and use the tag #capitolavacation to be featured!

Capitola Venetians

With its array of colors and scenic setting this is of course the number one spot to take an Instagram worthy pic in Capitola. Sunset is especially magical.

Capitola Beach

Of course you’ve got to get some shots of that crystal blue water with the California sunshine hitting it. Nothing says Capitola like a fun day in the waves.

Capitola Wharf

From the side, head on, underneath, any way you look at it, there are no bad angles of the Capitola Wharf. 


Riverview Walkway in Capitola

There’s nothing quite like strolling along the calm water of the river in Capitola at dusk. Things settle down after a hectic day of beach fun, lights twinkle on as the sun goes down, and you can hear the faint sound of glasses clinking and exchanges of laughter in the houses along the river walkway. Capture that majestic moment in an image just like the one below.


Palm Tree Views

Palm trees are pretty cool. Especially with blue skies and fluffy white clouds as their backdrop. They are an indicator that you’re in paradise, and it’s always nice to be reminded of that. Capture the towering palms for yourself next the Esplanade Park in Capitola.

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Depot Hill

If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the Capitola Village, climb the Depot Hill stairs to the top of Depot Hill and take in the breathtaking view, literally, because there are a lot of stairs that you have to walk up to get to the top and you’ll probably be really out of breath by the time you get there. But it’s totally worth it, trust us! Take a rest on the bench at the top and when you’re feeling ready snap that gram! #cardioday

depot hill

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Capitola Cliffs

While you’re up there, meander over to the Capitola Cliffs right around the corner. There you’ll get a great photo of the flowers that line the cliffs with the expansive ocean behind. If you’re lucky you’ll get some surfers and birds in the shot as well.

capitola cliffs

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Everyone knows about Shadowbrook Restaurant. Everyone knows about the adorably charming trolley that you take to get into Shadowbrook Restaurant. Take a picture of it. It’s just one of those things you have to do in life. Then enjoy your amazing meal enveloped in romantic ambiance and gram about it later so your friends know how classy you are. 

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Gayle’s Bakery

You have to get some mouth watering pictures of the pastries at Gayle’s Bakery. Particularly drool worthy are the cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and almond croissants, oh also the downtown sugar and salted caramel chocolate cake. Ok let’s be real, it’s all good.


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Ice Cream

Last but not least, the obligatory photo of you holding an ice cream with the beach in the background. You gotta do this one, it just captures everything amazing about Capitola Village, the place where you can indulge in simple pleasures like walking along the beach and shops with ice cream in hand, and spending your sweet time taking Instagram worthy photos in front of the most picturesque locations you have ever seen. 

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Where are your favorite picture-perfect spots in Capitola?