The adorable seaside village of Capitola began as a humble tent camp along the shore of the Monterey Bay. Camp Capitola, as it was known, welcomed its first guests in 1874 making it the first beach resort in California. A few years later, it premiered a magnificent wood-frame Victorian hotel — Hotel Capitola — that echoed grand contemporaries like the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego and San Francisco’s original Cliff House. The hotel succumbed to fire in 1929, but the romance of the original beach resort still exists in the colorful, seaside shops and restaurants tucked into a hillside along Soquel Creek. Wandering the village and its bayfront promenade — window shopping and snacking along the way — is a quintessential part of a Santa Cruz experience.
While beachfront property in Capitola is rare, there are still gems found along the coast. As well as historic structures sprinkled throughout the area from the Camp Capitola days. Many local institutions are a great place to grab a bite, from Gayles Bakery to Zeldas on the Beach. Capitola is an incredibly walkable town measuring about two square miles; the beach, surf, shopping and so much more are at your fingertips.
Capitola Village is a gem, there is something for every member of the family here. The local restaurants and nightlife offer great food and fun year-round. You can find the jetty surf spot on the southern end of Capitola Beach which is a great intermediate surf spot for all ages and skill levels. The Capitola Wharf offers boat rentals and the Boathouse restaurant known for its Sunday Afternoon live bands on top where you can see spectacular panoramic views of the Monterey Bay! With all of these great things just minutes out your door; who wouldn’t want to call Capitola home?
An unmistakable part of the seaside landscape is the complex of colorful houses that line Capitola Beach. They were built as condominiums in 1925 and were intended to bring Venice’s charm to Capitola. The brown houses within the same complex now comprise the atmospheric Capitola Venetian Hotel. Snag a multi-bedroom room with kitchen and living area and be walking distance to everything! We can also help you call Capitola your home, there are many great pieces of real estate in town and we know how to find you the best possible home!
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