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Capitola City Beach

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Address: Capitola, CA
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Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz

Artsy, secluded spot close by, but away from the crowds of Santa Cruz

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Best visited Wed. evening summer concerts

Capitola is somewhat unknown by many California natives beyond the Central Coast. First-time visitors to California tend to miss our little town. The beach is a gem, but parking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Capitola, California
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Capitola, California
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Capitola is somewhat unknown by many California natives beyond the Central Coast. First-time visitors to California tend to miss our little town. The beach is a gem, but parking is difficult.

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San Francisco, CA
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great beach to hang out with the family during the summer. Parking is a hassle but once you get here, it's fun. Lots of restaurants and shops to browse. Also, you can sit at the benches near the beach. It has a small surfing beach for beginners.

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Orangevale, California
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380 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this beach and were so surprised to see it this past weekend(Feb.4th). The beach is very small and is covered with trees and wood debris from the recent storms(see photos). During the summer this beach is very crowded with tourists but this time of year is usually empty. There were a few die hard surfers out in the... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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252 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We came after a decent winter storm and there was driftwood and debris everywhere. This made for Vera building materials for the fun living and the kids. The beach is small and easily accessible with tons of shops, restaurants, bars and more nearby. Parking can be tough so go early.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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199 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

What a great little no cal beach town with lots of great shopping and nice restaurants. The sunsets are amazing.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is a main tourist beach in the Santa Cruz area, and one of the best. It can be a little crowded sometimes, but it's a nice beach for having lots of facilities close by and it's more protected than many other beaches.

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Sacramento
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193 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Capitola is a very small and quaint little beach town. The beach is very nice, relaxing and beautiful. There are several nice little restaurants that overlook the ocean and have good food. Be sure to wander around and check out the little shops around the area. While Capitola gets crowded during the peak season (summer, of course) it's a bit... More 

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Campbell, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Capitola has a lovely beach and surrounding village with great views across the bay. Cliffside views are spectacular

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Very nice surprise. Excellent stay We will be back with great pleasure. Too bad the shops are not open all week in Winter

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Thank ibrosset
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Heavy fog and beach was a mess from a recent storm with seaweed ashore and sand dunes and valleys on the beach. Different from the sunny beach we were used to. Should be better when cleaned up.

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