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Smaller Houses Along the Way but More Interesting than West Cliff

In the past we've rented houses along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. This time we chose a place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Great beach for boogie boarding and just beach going

When we go here we always bring some food, umbrellas or a tent, and boogie boards. Its a perfect... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Jose, California
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Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz
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  • Average8%
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Capitola, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In the past we've rented houses along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. This time we chose a place along East Cliff in Capitola, so we spent quite a bit of time walking the Cliff Drive and gazing out at the surfers along Capitola City...More

Thank jaseaton
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we go here we always bring some food, umbrellas or a tent, and boogie boards. Its a perfect place to boogie board to the left of the stage/park area. You can rent boogie boards here and I think even a suit. You can go...More

Thank joepress101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took our dog for a walk here, leashed of course. The beach, like others in the area are good for long walks and interesting views. This beach has California’s first condos, gaily painted so they can’t be missed.

Thank Francis C
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Mostly small waves, easy access to ocean, lots of shallow water and plenty of space. Free summer concerts right next to the beach as well as restaurants and take out pizza.

Thank limcandr
Reviewed 4 December 2017

There are a lot of "no's" to observe at this beach: no smoking, no dogs, no alcohol, no going in the lagoon etc. It's not that great of sand or easy to park and all parking cost $. It's a great beach to view from...More

Thank newmexicoonline
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Just a great low key chill beach. No dogs, or smoking. small beach , limited parking. Lots of little shops and restaurants. Parking is per app.with a 3 hr. Limit. Check out Mr. toots for coffee or Mijos for tacos if you go.

Thank Brian D
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.

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 8 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

Thank RiaAdams
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

1  Thank masmith2017
Reviewed 3 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

Thank EmL0u84
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Nearby Restaurants
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.10 km away
Nearby Attractions
Capitola Historical Museum
28 reviews
.35 km away
Capitola Beach Company
14 reviews
.09 km away
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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
5 July 2015|
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Response from HikerRAZ71 | 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.
20 March 2015|
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Response from HikerRAZ71 | Reviewed this property |
I have seen many dogs on and off leash at Capitola State beach. Sea Cliff State Beach also. Both great beaches