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Quintessential California living at Capitola Beach

Tucked between cliffs at the north end of Monterey Bay, the soft sands of Capitola Beach are a popular escape for nearby city dwellers and visitors alike. Between the vibrantly colored beachfront townhouses, the picture-perfect pier, and the influx of surfers, you might feel like you've stepped onto a California movie set. A centrally located Capitola Beach vacation rental puts you just steps from endless fun in the sun, whether you want to try your hand at kayaking or prefer to stroll among the shops on the beachfront esplanade.

Things to do

Of rainbow houses and picture-perfect piers

If you can tear yourself away from the sand, there's plenty more to see at Capitola Beach. Capitola Wharf is great for fishing, and offers some stunning ocean views to boot. A walk along the beachfront esplanade will satisfy your cravings, whether they're for food and drink or more of the shopping variety. For a stellar addition to your Instagram feed (or just some real-life great views), don't forget to visit the brightly colored beachfront houses at Venetian Village. If you're lucky, one may even be your next Capitola Beach vacation rental.


Playtime in the Pacific surf

It's all about the ocean at Capitola Beach. Whether you're looking to relax or seeking an adrenaline fix, you'll find it at a Capitola Beach vacation rental. The calmer waters around the picturesque pier are perfect for fishing or frolicking between tanning sessions. Surfers prefer to hang ten at the beach's east end, where the waves are more intense. Take a lesson and try it for yourself, or rent a kayak and test out your paddling skills. If relaxing is more your thing, you can kick back at regular outdoor movies, concerts, and art shows on the beach.


Ditch the winter coats and pack the bikinis

Northern Californians never stop raving about their weather, and Capitola Beach is a prime example of why. Warm and moderate, high temperatures are in the 60s and 70s year round. While you may want layers after the sun sets, you'll pretty much never have to worry about seeing a trace of the fluffy white stuff -- even in January, the lows don't drop below the 40s. While November to March can see some significant rainfall, the summer months from June to September are very dry — a perfect time for working on your tan.

Natural features

Birds and whales and dolphins, oh my

Beachgoers have been known to be treated to views of migrating dolphins and whales, thanks to Monterey Bay's official designation as a national marine sanctuary. The sandy beach and surrounding cliffs cut nearby Soquel Creek off from the ocean in the dry summer months, forming a secluded lagoon that's home to droves of frolicking birds. Today they show up in rational numbers, unlike the summer of 1961 when hundreds descended on the town in a freak incident that served at the inspiration for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds."

Where to stay around Capitola Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 882 vacation rentals near Capitola Beach. From 502 Houses to 172 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Capitola Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay near Capitola Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend near Capitola Beach:

  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 236 vacation rentals
  • Seabright: 175 vacation rentals
  • Edenvale: 18 vacation rentals
  • Opal Cliffs: 322 vacation rentals
  • Beach and Boardwalk District: 96 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Houses near Capitola Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 502 Houses near Capitola Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Capitola Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 172 rentals available
  • Cottages: 74 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 74 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Capitola Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 108 rentals with pool available near Capitola Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Capitola Beach?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 881 vacation rentals to book directly online and 363 with instant booking available near Capitola Beach. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Capitola Beach! 

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