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Capitola is a seaside town located five miles south of Santa Cruz, and 40 minutes north of Monterey. Picture this: the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean at your door, the white sails of boats bobbing off shore, gorgeous sunsets and a wharf and village more reminiscent of France than the U.S. This is Capitola! New Brighton State Beach and Capitola City Beach offer swimming, surfing, sunbathing, volleyball, kite flying and more. Capitola also has rock climbing, fishing, mountain biking, and boosts four golf courses in the city. Dozens of bed and breakfasts, beachfront hotels and rental properties are available along Capitola's shores. With its breathtaking ocean views, Capitola was voted one of the best beach locations on the California Coast by Sunset Magazine. The village itself is located along a stretch of beach with stunning views of Monterey Bay, and has numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Capitola is also home to the annual Begonia Festival, usually held every Labor Day weekend, and in the fall, the town hosts the Art & Wine Festival. This is a great place to visit, and whether you stay for a weekend or a month, you'll find Capitola becomes one of your favorite vacation destinations!

Surrounding areas: Aptos, California (2.6 mi), Rio del Mar, California (3.1 mi), Santa Cruz, California (4.0 mi), La Selva Beach, California (5.7 mi), Corralitos, California (8.3 mi), Watsonville, California (11.2 mi), Monterey Bay, California (12.6 mi)

Capitola Vacation Rentals

Capitola Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Santa Cruz Inn2950 Soquel AveSanta Cruz, CA1.9 mi.(831) 475-6322
Chaminade1 Chaminade LnSanta Cruz, CA2.0 mi.(831) 475-5600
Seacliff Inn Best Western7500 Old Dominion CTAptos, CA2.4 mi.(831) 688-7300
Rio Sands Motel116 Aptos BCH DrAptos, CA3.1 mi.(831) 688-3207
Best Western All Suites Inn500 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA3.5 mi.(831) 458-9898
Motel Continental414 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA3.5 mi.(831) 429-1221
Santa Cruz Travelodge525 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA3.5 mi.(831) 426-2300
Best Inn & Suites600 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA3.6 mi.(831) 458-9660
Comfort Inn - Beach & Boardwalk314 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA3.6 mi.(831) 471-9999
Super 8 Motel321 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA3.6 mi.(831) 423-9449
Super 8 Motel338 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA3.6 mi.(831) 426-3707
Victorian Inn Motel516 Water StSanta Cruz, CA3.6 mi.(831) 426-6111
Quality Inn1101 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA3.7 mi.(831) 427-1616
Best Western Inn Santa Cruz126 Plymouth StSanta Cruz, CA3.8 mi.(831) 425-4717
Casa Blanca Motel101 Main StSanta Cruz, CA3.8 mi.(831) 423-1570
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz1505 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA3.8 mi.(831) 457-8000
Palomar Inn1344 Pacific AveSanta Cruz, CA4.0 mi.(831) 423-7000
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley6001 Ln Madrona DrSanta Cruz, CA4.1 mi.(831) 440-1000
Mission Inn Motel2250 MSN StSanta Cruz, CA4.1 mi.(831) 425-5455
Peachview Inn157 Franklin St #51Santa Cruz, CA4.1 mi.(831) 426-3575
Ramada LTD130 W CLF DrSanta Cruz, CA4.1 mi.(831) 423-7737
Seascape Resort1 Seascape Resort DrAptos, CA4.6 mi.(831) 688-6800
Inn Cal370 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA5.5 mi.(831) 458-9220
Pacific Inn330 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA5.5 mi.(831) 425-3772
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA10.1 mi.(831) 728-2300
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA10.2 mi.(831) 728-4144
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA10.5 mi.(831) 728-3600
Econo Lodge9733 Hwy 9Ben Lomond, CA10.6 mi.(831) 336-2292
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA11.2 mi.(831) 724-8881
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA11.5 mi.(831) 724-3367
Toll House Hotel140 S Santa Cruz AveLos Gatos, CA16.9 mi.(408) 395-7070
Lodge At Villa Felice15350 S Winchester BlvdLos Gatos, CA18.6 mi.(408) 395-6710
Courtyard By Marriott18610 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA19.3 mi.(408) 782-6034
Residence Inn By Marriott Morgan Hill/San Jose18620 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA19.3 mi.(800) 331-3131
Clarion Choice Bristol Hotel3341 S Bascom AveCampbell, CA19.9 mi.(408) 559-3330
Carlyle Hotel1300 Camden AveCampbell, CA20.3 mi.(408) 559-3600
Residence Inn By Marriott - San Jose2761 S Bascom AveCampbell, CA20.4 mi.(408) 559-1551
Extended Stay America605 Jarvis DrMorgan Hill, CA20.4 mi.(408) 779-9660
Extended Stay America6199 San Ignacio AveSan Jose, CA20.4 mi.(408) 226-4499
Extended Stay Deluxe6189 San Ignacio AveSan Jose, CA20.4 mi.(408) 229-9188
Bed & Breakfast
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA (831) 462-3376
The Hensley House Bed And Breakfast Inn456 N Third StSan Jose, CA25.3 mi.(408) 298-3537
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA29.1 mi.(831) 625-2585

Capitola Weather & Climate

The Central Pacific Coast, between San Francisco and the Monterey Bay, enjoys a mild, Mediterranean type climate. It can be cloudy and damp in the wintertime but spring through fall is sunny, warm and dry - perfect for enjoying the area's beaches. This region that is at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay does not experience much variation in daytime temperatures, but nights are generally cooler in winter than in summer. The rainy season runs late October through early April, with the rest of the year experiencing only a trace of precipitation. Early morning fog is common along the coast in the summertime, due to warm air moving across the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Due to very dry conditions in summer, wildfire is always a threat in the forested mountain regions and in winter, mudslides can occur on mountain roads when lots of rain is received over a period of a few days.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 40°F 6.49 in. 55°F
February 62°F 42°F 6.15 in. 56°F
March 64°F 43°F 4.78 in. 56°F
April 68°F 44°F 1.97 in. 57°F
May 71°F 47°F 0.70 in. 57°F
June 74°F 50°F 0.18 in. 59°F
July 74°F 52°F 0.14 in. 62°F
August 75°F 53°F 0.11 in. 64°F
September 75°F 52°F 0.41 in. 63°F
October 72°F 48°F 1.44 in. 61°F
November 65°F 43°F 4.08 in. 60°F
December 60°F 39°F 4.22 in. 57°F

Capitola Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located about 26 miles north of Capitola in San Jose, California, the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located approximately 27 miles south of Capitola in Monterey, California, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located roughly 28 miles southeast of Capitola in Salinas, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located around 30 miles east of Capitola in Hollister, California, and finally the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located about 50 miles northwest of Capitola in San Francisco, California.

Capitola Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA4.1 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA21.5 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA26.1 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA59.8 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA69.3 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA79.7 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA88.1 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA25.3 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA69.3 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA80.2 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA113.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA2.6 mi.
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA2.7 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA4.0 mi.
Valley Gardens Golf CourseScotts ValleyCA5.9 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA11.2 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA11.2 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA21.9 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA21.9 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA21.9 mi.
Cinnabar Hills Golf ClubSan JoseCA23.1 mi.
Los Lagos Golf CourseSan JoseCA23.1 mi.
Santa Teresa Golf ClubSan JoseCA23.1 mi.
The Ranch Golf ClubSan JoseCA23.1 mi.
Deep Cliff Golf CourseCupertinoCA23.8 mi.
Blackberry Farm Golf CourseCupertinoCA24.4 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA24.9 mi.
Pruneridge Golf CourseSanta ClaraCA25.8 mi.
Santa Clara Golf & Tennis ClubSanta ClaraCA25.8 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA26.0 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA26.2 mi.
Sunken Gardens Golf CourseSunnyvaleCA26.4 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseSan JoseCA26.5 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA27.1 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA27.3 mi.
San Jose Municipal Golf CourseSan JoseCA27.9 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA28.2 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA29.0 mi.
Sunnyvale Municipal Golf CourseSunnyvaleCA29.6 mi.
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA29.9 mi.
State Parks
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA6.1 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA7.5 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA13.2 mi. 
Castle Rock State ParkCA19.5 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA20.1 mi. 
Big Basin Redwoods State ParkCA20.3 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA21.6 mi. 
Ano Nuevo Island State ParkCA22.4 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA23.3 mi. 
Cascade Ranch State ParkCA24.2 mi. 
Butano State ParkCA25.4 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA29.1 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA29.3 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA35.8 mi. 
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA4.1 mi.(Science)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA17.3 mi.(Technology)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA20.5 mi.(Technology)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA24.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA25.3 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA25.3 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA25.3 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA25.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA25.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA25.3 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA25.3 mi.(Children's)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA25.9 mi.(History)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA26.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA26.1 mi.(Technology)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA26.2 mi.(History)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA39.6 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA39.6 mi.(Technology)
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCA40.3 mi.(Technology)
Silicon Valley Art MuseumBelmontCA41.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA25.3 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA26.2 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA59.8 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA60.8 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA60.8 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA79.7 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA88.1 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA113.8 mi.

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