Capitola Holiday Traditions

How will you keep your Holiday traditions alive this year? With this year being a bit different, lets choose joy and keep our holiday traditions alive – or make new ones. This year may take some thinking outside the box; nonetheless it’s important for your sake and those you love to bring holiday cheer to the forefront. 

We’d like to share some of our Beach House Rentals team holiday traditions and would love to hear back from you about yours. Let’s inspire one another. Sharing talents with each other is true gift-giving from the heart. 


How many times have we said “Uh, I just don’t have time to decorate!” This year especially, there is no excuse. It’s never too late to get started, so drag out those dusty holiday bins or get creative with your craft skills; holiday spirit is counting on you. 

Decorate your home or office. Although this is usually a favorite team activity for the Beach House Rental girls to do together, this year was a little different. Nevertheless, with social distancing in mind and masks on, a few festive touches were added to the Beach House Rentals office. Stockings were hung,  windows were painted with holiday cheer, big and small Christmas trees are scattered about, and string lights are up and twinkling away! 

Dede, Sara and Misty have a long-standing tradition since their own childhood of cutting down their own trees. Now trekking their growing families up to the numerous tree farms in the Santa Cruz mountains they are passing this full day of fun and energy on to their own tikes. Last I searched there are still some open farms, so check before you trek. 

The 3 of them also have yearly outings to see all the lights on the boats at the Yacht Harbor. It’s definitely Santa Cruz style and one that never gets old. The glistening lights dance on the water, fill up the sky and create a glow all around the Harbor. Sharon goes out of her way most nights to wind through and witness this festive tradition. 

Making gingerbread houses is what dreams are made of and a miracle needed to keep ‘em standing. Unless you have Misty along your side. She creates masterpieces yearly and proudly displays her works of art.

Making wreaths at Dig Gardens in Santa Cruz last year (Dec. 2019)!

Think writing Christmas cards is a chore? Not the year Sharon bought a blank packet of note cards with envelopes, colorful glitter and lots of Elmers. She and her boys drew wreaths, trees, angels and stars with the glue and glitter galore and sent out homemade Christmas cards. Spending so much time and letting the little ones create their own designs brought so much meaning to them that year. With glue, anything is possible. 

Nothing says Christmas spirit more than homemade decorations. Creative card displays, stringing popcorn, dried orange slices and cranberries or cutouts of tissue paper snowflakes scream family time. Hunt the forest floor for pinecones, holly berry and acorns and create a one of a kind wreath for the front door.  Trust me when I say it doesn’t need to be perfect. The fun is in the creation and once it is hung you can’t help but smile in wonder. 

Baking and Cooking!

Tamales seem to be a favorite tradition with many of us here at Beach House Rentals. I personally have never participated in holiday tamale making so I’m counting on my beach house team to hook me up! My forte is gingerbread men cookies with lots and lots of cinnamon red hots for decor. 

To warm up her family this time of year, Belinda concocts a comforting and tasty Mexican Ponche. Simmering with seasonal fruits such as apples, pears, oranges and guavas; spiced with cinnamon, cloves, tamarind and hibiscus. Her family also celebrates Las Posadas; beginning December 16th, 9 days of song and prayer with family and neighbors. A commemorative journey she has done year after year and passes down through the generations. One that will surely be missed this year but with some creative thinking, one that will carry on in the family home. 

Dia de los Reyes (3 Kings day) is celebrated on January 6th and Alison tells us the story behind this exciting tradition. Rosca de Reyes (King Bread) a sweet, scrumptious bread shaped in a circle, topped with candied fruit to represent a crown of jewels is served to all gathered together. There are hidden baby figurines inside, representing the baby Jesus and whoever receives one in their piece are in charge of the next celebration. Also gifts are exchanged this day, sometimes in the stockings that are hung and sometimes like a treasure hunt around the home. It’s a celebration worth waiting for and finalizes the Christmas season.  

If you can do so safely, gather with a small group of close friends or family and share your kitchen talents. 


Some of you may have been listening to Christmas carols since Halloween ended but don’t let all you’ve heard on the air waves be the ending note. Warm up your vocal cords, have a hot toddy if necessary and have some fun singing your favorite tunes. Who of us have not challenged ourselves to the 12 days of Christmas or gotten a little wild with their fa la la la la’s and their ho ho ho’s?

Listen to the sounds of your ancestors; Silent Night has been translated into 140 different languages. Cassy loves her Christmas music, be it country, pop, classical, or the simple sounds of the harp and flute. The community, lights, town decor, getting dressed up and of course the music is what brings the wonder of Christmas to her. I love hearing her sing and hum and hope one day she’ll sing me her angelic version of her favorite “Oh Holy Night” or the ever joyful “Joy to the World”. 

A song is sure to brighten up the gloomiest of days. 

Volunteer/Gift Giving

Sara has a fun way of prolonging the anticipation of gift giving. She sends her husband on a scavenger hunt, staging hints around the house to find. On Christmas morning he gets his final clue and the surprise. Naughty or nice, that’s a clever way to bring out the kid in you.

Whether you’re on the giving end or the receiving end, generous or grateful, we are all wealthy in one way or another. Giving of our time is about as precious as a paycheck and almost harder to give than something that costs money. If this year finds your means still afloat or not, you won’t have any trouble finding an individual or family who needs you. Many of us seek those in need through church, senior centers, hospitals and nursing homes. We also shop locally to support businesses in our Capitola  community. 

Christmas movie marathons

On a final note, make sure to make time for yourself. Reminisce of Christmases past, throw on your flannels, serve yourself your favorite snack, cozy up on the couch, and have a movie marathon. We are spoiled here in Capitola; sunny days, beach weather in December but your favorite movies can take you on a dreamy trip to another time, anywhere. 

From everyone at Beach House Rentals may the finish line to 2020 bring you and your families hope, peace and love. We look forward to new beginnings and can’t wait to see you all in the New Year!

Our Commitment To You

We Appreciate You

Beach House Rentals, our loyal homeowners, and our amazing guests this past travel season have weathered the initial COVID-19 storm together. We sincerely thank you and appreciate all of you for your trust and loyalty.

Rest-assured, we are committed to earning that trust every day. Not only have we followed every guideline and enforcement put into effect by our elected county and city  officials, we are proud to say we have gone beyond just the necessities. 

CHLA (California Hotel & Lodging Association) recently initiated members to be Clean + Safe Certified Members and we jumped on board.

We Continue to Practice Social Distancing Procedures

At Beach House Rentals, we  continue to practice social distancing procedures by having you check in and out directly at your beach house. We have received feedback that our check in process is simple, easy and safe. All linens, blankets, bed covers, towels, and bath mats have been professionally laundered for each new guest arrival according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as each beach house will continue to come equipped with hand washing soap. 

Our housekeeping and property care team take great pride in their skill and they care for the cleanliness and safety of those they serve as well as their own families. In addition, the Beach House Rentals customer and guest relation team provides open communication via phone, text and email to address any and all concerns in a timely manner. Our maintenance team works closely to ensure the privacy and security of guests during any service needed. Check out our beach house team @ Our Story 

Vacation Time

Now, let’s get to the FUN stuff. Vacation!!!! That’s what we’re here for. 

Social distancing but yet still involved has never been easier in the Adorable Capitola Village Condo. Located inthe heart of the village this spacious, open floor plan beach house is where you can seek as much or as little of the world outside. A wall of windows lets you people watch and follow the lively street below if so desired. Head to the back side and enjoy a fresh, open patio where you can relax from the hustle and bustle. Equipped with a barbeque and plenty of seating, it’s as lovely as they come to wind down the evening. An easy access garage is also ready for you to store your bikes and beach essentials so when it’s time to get active you’re ready to go. 

Some of our most loved eateries are just around the corner. Castagnola Deli & Café is so close, they could probably toss up the goodies if you want to chance it! No need to pick favorites among Mexican food lovers. Mijo’s Taqueria and El Toro Bravo share the love in everything they serve. Of course, a Capitola vacay just isn’t complete without a pie from the one and only Pizza My Heart. Flaunt their t-shirt with a free slice, a smile on your face and Capitola forever on your heart. 

Whether you’re here for vacation, working/studying remotely, or an unexpected life event finds you needing a place to stay, we are here for you. Your health, safety and happiness are our priorities and we strive to meet your expectations in all we do. Please reach out to a team member or call (831) 475-1808. We would LOVE to help plan your next Capitola experience.

When Vacation Plans Go Haywire

Let’s face it…..sometimes, stuff happens on Vacation! 

Weather forecast calls for sunny skies and a storm sneaks in.

Your toddler takes a tumble and needs a couple of stitches.

The night out turned out to be an all nighter.

This is the Central Coast, where Plan B’s are just as pleasing…..

Just in case stuff happens!

A Natural Umbrella

nisene marks forest The majestic, lush landscape in the Forest of Nisene Marks provides a “natural” umbrella. The forest takes on a whole new life during and after a good soaking. Take a deep, long inhale and let all your senses come alive. Smell the earthy, minty, herbal fragrance surrounding you; Enhanced when wet. Taste the air around you; Oxygen is life and there isn’t anywhere, cleaner or fresher to get that than in a dewy forest.

Listen to the sounds that echo; Birds squabbling over a fresh, plump worm. 

See the creepy crawlies come out from hiding; The iconic banana slug breathes through their skin, so they need it to be wet. Feel the tickling sensation of cool, fresh drops landing on your neck; Giving the squeals to even the mopiest member in the group. Of course, you can always anticipate a rainbow right from the wall of windows at the stunning Luxury Oceanside Dream Beach House.

Stitches Happen even on Vacation

That’s a bummer, especially on vacation. Can’t get it wet. Can’t get sand on it. 

Hurts to walk. Make the most of the situation and head to Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge where you can let your imagination run wild. It’s a sure win to cheer everyone up no matter what age group the clan is. And if you’re feeling extra artistic check out

The Painted Cork a unique artist studio that offers classes based on the style of painting you want to create, taught by artists themselves. There are two studios; one for 21 years and up where you can sip your favorite adult beverage while exploring your creative side, and under 21 for families, teens, kids or anyone not participating in cocktails. Honestly, no excuse necessary to go have some fun, get creative, make magic or just bring out the Picasso in you. 

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

 Pablo Picasso

The tempting night-life of Capitola

margaritavilleWhether it’s celebratory shots at Margaritaville, cheering on your team at Britannia Arms or getting your groove on at the Sand Bar sometimes vacation has us overindulging at times. Quiet, calm, peace, self love is calling and no better way to receive that than a little pampering; walking distance from your beach house. Relax with a massage at Capitola Village Massage, detox your skin at Vice or bring those locks back to life @ Monet. Finish up with the tranquil sound of waves and a sunset, then call it a night! 

Need More?

For 99 other ideas, pick up a copy of 100 Things to do in Santa Cruz before you Die written by our very own Beach House Rentals team: Leslie, Sara, Dede, and Misty. Not only will they hook you up with the perfect beach house; when you book directly, you save. No plan B needed for that one!

We’re All In This Together

We’re all in this together. Fresh ocean air and sunny skies are in the forecast and we couldn’t be happier to extend an invitation to you. We are all in this together, so let’s be respectful of the rules set in place with everyone’s well being in mind, while still sharing our beautiful Central Coast. 

A Beach House With Everything You Need
Beautiful Ocean View Condo

Whether it’s just you or you’re bringing along the whole crew you’ve been sharing close quarters with, continue that togetherness at the Beautiful Ocean View Condo. It’s a great alternative escape to contemplate the future! A beach house with everything you need to be your home away from home; Cozy, open floor plan with a kitchen ready to get your day started. Enough space to sleep 6 and a large bathroom to get everyone ready, this beach condo is the perfect spot for both work and play.

There’s plenty of natural sunlight flooding into the living area and space to spread out to get your regimen started. If you aren’t too easily distracted, hang out on the balcony with that task at hand and let the sites and sounds inspire you. In case the fog rolls in and you catch a chill, step back inside to curl up in front of the fireplace for work time or movie time. 

Explore Nearby Capitola Village

Capitola Village

When it’s time to stretch the legs, head on out and wander through the nooks and crannies of the enchanting Capitola Village. A little something for everyone and every mood; from the peaceful riverwalk to some heart pumping hills. Of course the euphoric ocean is never far away and sure to bring internal joy. There’s so many directions to go while still keeping the distance.

Cleanliness and Safety is our #1 Priority

Staying safe and healthy is our #1 priority and here in the Capitola Village our locals are doing their part also. There are many “to go” food establishments and walkable “essential” stores available that “doing our part” will bring some peace of mind to you and those around you. 

The team at Beach House Rentals are following strict guidelines on behalf of our community and we Thank You for the Trust you have in us! 

 For now  Beautiful Ocean View Condo is available as a monthly rental.

Dreaming of a Central Coast Road Trip

Let’s get back to basics! There’s nothing like a good ol’ fashion road trip. Here at Beach House Rentals and the captivating Central Coast, “the basics” is where it all begins! Here’s some ideas for a Central Coast road trip. 

Professional Vacation Rental Standards

capitola venetian

With everyone’s wellbeing in mind, a Central Coast road trip could be just what’s needed as we start to travel again. 2020 started off fairly ordinary with some anticipation of what the new decade would bring, then life as we knew it changed its course rather abruptly. What hasn’t changed is Beach House Rentals dedication to providing our guests with the ultimate vacation experience while keeping in check with any new rules and regulations put into place. We feel confident that our standards are the best for you and our community and are in compliance with county ordinance. So let’s get started on why destination Capitola is an awesome choice.

The Place That Has it All

central coast road trip

When you think of vacation, what comes to mind? Relaxation, good food, water sports, hiking, exploring, and more. The list goes on and here on the Central Coast I think it’s fair to say we have it (almost) all. That makes a Central Coast road tip the perfect vacation option for you. From the rugged, temperamental waters of the coastal shoreline where you can challenge your gutsy side with kitesurfing Santa Cruz Kitesurfing or to the endless, serene beaches that speak to your inner soul. Explore the tide pools & sea creatures that lurk among the rock and kelp. For the planner in the family the Tide Times and Tide Chart for Santa Cruz will point you in the right direction.


Loch Lomond Recreation Area 

Another water/land option is the hidden gem of Loch Lomond Recreation Area No swimming allowed, however boat rentals are available for fishing or exploring miles of secluded coves. Loch Trail dips in and out of Douglas Fir and Redwood Groves. Pack a picnic and spend a glorious day off the beaten path. Check for opening updates.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

seymour center

Without even realizing, you’re in a natural learning environment while vacationing on the incredible Central Coast. One example you may not have discovered is the Seymour Marine Discovery Center; part of the UCSC campus. It may have some restrictions as of now, however the numerous walking and bike paths are an adventure in themselves. The dramatic skeletons of a blue whale and grey whale are sure to astonish any age along with various other sea life exhibits. 

Neary Lagoon

The hidden gem of Neary Lagoon takes you to another world. Exotic, tranquil, eerie are some words that come to mind when winding in and out of the Lagoon. Take your time on this route: you never know when a Great Blue Heron will gracefully land or a raft of baby ducks venture out of refuge. 

Santa Cruz Pickleball

Did someone say pickleball? Many tennis courts in Santa Cruz County adjacent to beautiful parks SC Parks have the option of pickleball courts. Pickleball is just as fun to say as it is to play so if it’s just pickleball your wanting check it out Santa Cruz Pickleball

capitola restaurants

Diverse Food Scene

The diverse foodie scene here has not let us locals go hungry with most offering curbside pick up and delivery but when it is safe to do so, they will be ready to serve with graciousness and gratitude. We have fallen in love again with our dedicated, loyal Capitola Restaurants

Whatever your mood, whatever your vibe, whatever your whim, your Beach House is within reach; Capitola and the Central Coast won’t disappoint! 


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