Capitola is California’s oldest seaside resort town and continues to be a popular spot for those looking for a picturesque, quaint and relaxing vacation destination. Capitola has a unique charm with its beautiful beaches and historic and colorful architecture, reminiscent of a Mediterranean village.
The perfect spot to visit year round, you will find an idyllic sleepy beach town in the Winter months and a bustling beach destination in the Summer months. There are many special events each year including the Capitola Art and Wine Festival, the Begonia Festival, Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting, Wharf to Wharf Race, Hot Rod and Custom Car Show and more…
Most of all, it is just fun to walk around and explore our eclectic mix of boutiques and restaurants. You will find unique gift shops, wine tasting rooms, galleries, apparel shops, surf shops, and more! Relax on the beach or get a little more adventurous and learn to surf or paddleboard during your stay, you can even rent a boat to explore the bay.
There are many types of accommodations to choose from, including beach houses, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Whether you come for the day, weekend or decide you never want to leave, Capitola Village has earned a special place in many people’s hearts and is likely to find one in yours too.
Capitola Village is located off Highway 1 and sits between Santa Cruz and Aptos. Take exit 437 for Bay Ave toward Porter St. Go down Bay Ave. and follow signs for Capitola/Camp Capitola, you will see Peet’s Coffee on your right, then Bay Federal.Turn right on Capitola Ave and follow the road into the Capitola Village!
Plan Your Trip
Spend your days lounging or playing by the beach, exploring outdoor activities, experiencing the local arts and culture, tasting the local food and wine, or taking rest and relaxation a step further with spas and wellness in Capitola. We’ll help you plan your trip right here. #VisitCapitola
Explore the kelp beds just off the beach in Capitola on a Kayak. If you’re lucky you’ll see sea lions, sea otters, and the occasional porpoise or dolphin.
Go fish right off the Capitola Wharf. Rent a fishing pole at the bait shop on the wharf. No fishing license required when fishing off the wharf! Go a step further and rent a boat off the Capitola Wharf and head out to catch your own “big one”.
The Spring Season is an abundant time for whale watching in the Monterey Bay. Take a tour or bring your binoculars and watch from the shore!
Arts and Culture
The Capitola Historical Museum maintains extensive collections of photographs and artifacts related to Capitola’s history, and offers changing exhibits on the history and art of the area, as well as on special seasonal and topical themes. Museum grounds include a reconstructed cottage from the early 20th century beach resort, and a wash house.
Stroll the main avenue and visit the number of galleries the line the Village, from the oil paintings of Thomas Kinkade, to the beautiful wall decor of Craft Gallery, Lumen Gallery and more. You’ll find the perfect piece of Capitola art to take home as a souvenir.
Spa and Wellness
Business Improvement Area
This site was created by the Capitola Village BIA. The purpose of the BIA or Business Improvement Area is to promote tourism and business in Capitola Village. The BIA was formed to extend our reach through the power of our pooled resources. Business members and our community benefit from an increased presence through our website, brochure, social networking, advertising campaigns, events and more. Our small business community is an important part of the character of Capitola Village that people know and love. Bringing in foot traffic, especially in the off season, and supporting these businesses allows the Village to remain the special place that it is.
Capitola recently added more than 220 parking spaces in the new Beach and Village Parking Lot 2 (lower), located behind City Hall at 420 Capitola Avenue. You can access Beach and Village Parking Lots 1 & 2 (Upper and Lower) on Capitola Avenue, Bay Avenue and Monterey Avenue.
Our free Summer shuttle to the Village runs from the Beach and Village Parking Lot 2 (Lower). The shuttle is available Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Shuttle runs from Memorial Day weekend through mid-September. Both lots are just a short walk or shuttle ride to the Village. Parking in Beach and Village Parking Lots 1 & 2 (Upper and Lower) costs $0.50 an hour and you can park for up to 12 hours. These lots are highly recommended if you plan to stay longer than the two hour limit imposed in the Village parking spaces.
The pay stations accept cash ($1.00 & $2.00 Bills Only), debit cards and credit cards and operate everyday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Street Parking in the Village:
Parking spaces in the Village area are limited to three-hour stays at a rate of $1.50 an hour. Vehicles may be cited if they remain in the same space longer than three hours, regardless of payment for more time. Vehicles must be moved to another space every three hours.
Longer term parking (4-hour and 12-hour) is available on Cliff Drive west of the Village. You must pay for parking at the pay stations. The rate for these spaces is $1.00 per hour.