Capitola Beach, Capitola, CA, USA

Capitola Beach, Capitola, CA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."