Capitola combines the convenience of having everything you need nearby.

Welcome to Capitola​​​​​

Perhaps more than any other neighborhood or city in the county, Capitola combines the convenience of having everything you need nearby, as well as the local beaches and surf spots that Santa Cruz is known for. It’s a great place to go shopping, grab a bite to eat or visit one of the idyllic beachside communities in the area, such as Pleasure Point or Capitola Village.

The main street that runs from one end of Capitola the other is 41st Avenue, where you’ll find the bulk of local businesses in the area. One of the benefits of living in Capitola is that it has everything from shops and restaurants to banks and grocery stores. Many residents in nearby Santa Cruz and Live Oak find themselves on 41st Avenue when running errands simply because there are so many businesses situated in one place. It’s also the only place you’ll find a proper shopping mall, though it’s no longer as vibrant and filled with stores as it once was.​​​​​


Capitola Village

One of the true highlights of the area is Capitola Village, which is a small seaside district that’s mainly filled with shops and restaurants with a sprinkling of hotels, vacation rentals, and local residences. Unlike much of Capitola, the Village is an ideal place for a walk and there’s great views from pretty much anywhere you find yourself. If you want to enjoy a good meal or live music while soaking in the great view, Zelda’s On the Beach sits directly in front of the beach area.

Art & Wine Festival

The Capitola Art and Wine Festival is one of the signature annual events in Capitola, of which there are many. The Art and Wine Festival has been a regular event in Capitola Village for more than 35 years, featuring art, wine, food and music, all in the cozy confines of Capitola Village.

Shadowbrook Restaurant

A restaurant that’s widely considered one of the best places to eat in all of Santa Cruz County, Shadowbrook is as much of an experience as it is a place to enjoy great food and top notch service. A gondola transports guests to the restaurant itself, as it’s set below the street level. Once inside, you’ll enjoy views of Soquel Creek from a serene, wooded interior that brings a cabin-like feel to the fine dining experience.

Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria

Favored among locals, Gayle’s Bakery has been the go to spot in Capitola for over 40 years. They have an array of baked goods, espresso drinks, grab-and-go food, and homey meals. Gayle’s also does catering and masterpiece wedding cakes.


Capitola Beach

With sandy shores and calmer water Capitola Beach is a popular choice for both locals and vacationers. On the far right side of Capitola beach you’ll find Capitola Wharf. The wharf is home to the Wharf House Restaurant and is a popular spot for fishing. Adjacent to the beach is Capitola Village which means boutique shops and dining are just steps away.

New Brighton State Beach

New Brighton State Beach is located south of Capitola Beach. This popular beach has a campground, visitor center and is dog friendly. New Brighton has one of the longer stretches of beach perfect for a morning run or walk along the shore. If you walk far enough you will end up at Seacliff State Beach.

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