The beach was quite crowded on a Thursday afternoon. Surrounding the beach are a number of eateries and watering holes. The food is great in a few and not so great in others. To avoid disappointment, check reviews before selecting one.
Capitola is a more affluent town; there are few derelicts on the street compared to Santa Cruz. Traffic and parking is miserable in Capitola. Expect to pay for parking. If you don't arrive early, a parking space in the downtown may be hard to find. In that case, you may need to park away from the downtown and walk in. Given the scenery, consider yourself lucky if you cannot find a space downtown. The walk into the downtown is actually better than driving.
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