Destination guide

A classic getaway on Monterey Bay

Perched on the wide, sapphire-blue expanse of Monterey Bay, Capitola is one of the oldest beach resorts on the West Coast. Pastel-hued homes help give this community the vibe of a Mediterranean village, and wandering its streets will yield all kinds of tucked-away treasures, from dazzling street art to cozy cafés and restaurants garlanded with wildflower-filled gardens. The calendar here is filled with events, from the Capitola Art and Wine Festival to custom car shows, while Capitola City Beach makes a fine place to relax in no matter what time of year you’re here.

Things to do

History and nostalgia in Capitola

Capitola’s roots as a holiday resort go way back to the 1860s, and you can get a taste of the past at the Capitola Historical Museum. It may be small, but it makes a fascinating diversion from the outdoor attractions, with regularly changing exhibitions displaying photos, artworks and other artifacts telling the long and colorful story of the region. The museum even has an interactive exhibit in the form of a lovingly reconstructed cottage from the area’s early years as a vacation location which gives you an idea of what Capitola vacation rentals once looked like.


Hitting the beach in Capitola

Being on the bay, there are some unmissable coastal hotspots close to the Capitola vacation rentals. One of them is New Brighton State Beach, which overlooks northern Monterey Bay and is the perfect place to go for a dip in the water, have a picnic or simply sit and watch the idyllic waters. You might even be enticed enough to rent a kayak and see if you can spot some frolicking dolphins and sea otters. Back on dry land, be sure to take a nice, relaxing amble through Capitola to discover the many murals and mosaics, which add a dash of kaleidoscopic color when you least expect it.


Year-round adventures in Capitola

As you might expect from somewhere poised on Monterey Bay, the most popular time to book a Capitola vacation rental is summer. The months from June to August are perfect for lazing on the beaches or getting stuck into wet and wild adventures in the bay itself, so slather on the sunscreen and enjoy yourself. That said, many locals will also recommend the fall season, when the crowds are less intense and you can still enjoy the fine sunshine. Come the cooler months, you can take advantage of better rates and hop on a boat tour to spot Gray whales migrating through the winter waters.

Natural features

Beach-side greenery in Capitola

Capitola is a place of vivid colors, whether you’re looking out at the deep blue of Monterey Bay, the playful pinks and yellows of the village condos, or the lush green of surrounding vegetation, ranging from oak and eucalyptus trees to Monterey cypresses. Forested areas hug the curving coastline, providing cool respite from the sun-soaked beaches, while you can get a closer look at dolphins and whales by stepping out onto Capitola Wharf. This wooden pier a refreshingly no-frills affair – ideal for strolling and gazing out at the bay, or indulging in a spot of fishing.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Capitola

The nearest airport is in Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), located 9.7 mi (15.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), which is 26 mi (41.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Capitola?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 642 vacation rentals near Capitola. From 407 Houses to 59 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Capitola for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Capitola?

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 in Capitola:

  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 245 vacation rentals
  • Seabright: 173 vacation rentals
  • Westside: 194 vacation rentals
  • Edenvale: 23 vacation rentals
  • Opal Cliffs: 320 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Capitola?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Capitola. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Capitola Beach: 880 vacation rentals
  • Capitola Wharf: 880 vacation rentals
  • Capitola Mercantile: 884 vacation rentals
  • Capitola Historical Museum: 886 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 519 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Capitola listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Capitola?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 407 Houses in Capitola. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Capitola include:

  • Cottages: 59 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 59 rentals available
  • Villas: 14 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Capitola?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 69 vacation rentals with pool available in Capitola. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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