photo of beach at Capitola in Santa Cruz County, California

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Capitola / Soquel

photo of Capitola Beach

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Introduction

Capitola and Soquel share a common boundary, yet each one merits the attention of visitors and has the ability to charm you with fine bed and breakfast inns, quaint little shops, and an abundance of gorgeous scenery.

Capitola is bestowed with a craggy coastline that breaks into a wide beach with a sumptuous view of the Monterey Bay. Indeed, the site was so popular that a massive hotel once stood sentinel on the bluffs. Today, visitors are drawn instead to smaller inns, private beach homes leased out for the summer season, or to the famed Capitola Venetian, a pastel-hued landmark that reportedly was the first condominium in California.

The town naturally resembles an ampitheatre with dramatic cliffs dotted with Victorian-style beach homes, a center village valley bordered by the ocean, decorated with the Soquel river and accented with a tall train trestle as artistic as a Vermont covered bridge.

Capitola Village offers numerous craft galleries, boutiques, and casual little restaurants ideal for family dining. For this small village, dining choices are pretty varied from great hamburgers, to Mexican food, Indian cuisine, and seafood. There is night time entertainment at some of the establishments in the village. Just up the river, the Shadowbrook restaurant has a tram you can take down the hillside to their front door. The regionally-famous Gayle's Bakery and Jones & Bones gourmet shop are located just up the street.

The annual Begonia Festival takes place in Capitola, filling Soquel Creek with flower-draped floats created by local competitors. The sand castle contest is a must-see. In fact if you want to be a part of these town festivities, book your accommodations early, because the town is packed with merry witnesses to natures blooms.

To Soquel, nature gave broad pastures and hillsides that climb to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ask people why they live here, and they'll mention the friendly residents, the fresh air, and the little home-town neighborhoods sprinkled among the piney woods. There's even a white-steepled church on the corner. Don't miss Soquel if you are a treasure hunter. This community is home to many antique shops and emporiums.

Visitors are always impressed with the concentration of fine restaurants in tiny Soquel. Dining choices range from Thai, to seafood, and Italian. Theo's nouvelle French and Bella Rosa's are just two of the many fine dining places you'll discover. Before leaving town, a Stop at Bargetto's wine tasting room has become a tradition for locals and visitors alike.

For additional visitor information contact:
Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council
1211 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 425-1234 - Toll Free: (800) 833-3494 - Fax: (831) 425-1260
Email: comments@santacruzca.org

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