Capitola Beach

Often voted one of the top ten beaches on the US West Coast, this beach of fine sand lies at the northern end of Monterey Bay. It sits in front of the almost-neon homes of the village of Capitola, where you can also find a good choice of restaurants and shops. Very popular on sunny summer days when lifeguards are on duty, Capitola Beach is a south facing beach known for its pier or wharf.

Popular with those who enjoy fishing, the east end of the beach is also the best place for surfing. Its gentle waves are particularly good for beginners, with equipment rental possible in the village. Bird watchers come to Capitola Beach to see the activity on Soquel Creek just behind, while on summer nights the beach puts on family-friendly movies.

There is pay-for metered parking next to the beach, and on its surrounding roads.

Capitola Beach is a dog free beach.

Nearest town/city

Santa Cruz


Dog ban in force


  • Good fishing
  • Surfing

Lifeguard service



  • Cafe/restaurant

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