Located in Capitola Village along the famous Esplanade, this beach is lined with shops and restaurants. With vibrant hues similar to that of a small town on the Mediterranean, the Capitola landscape is truly picturesque. Seated benches are provided just before the sand for those who want to take in the stunning sites. Head down to the water and see skim boarding, sand castle building and lounging the day away. Walk along this strand of sand to the Capitola Wharf, where you can go fishing and enjoy the scenic Monterey Bay views. A breezy day is well suited on the wharf for kite flying, fishing and enjoying the salty air. Behind the beach you can find a lagoon where birds native to the area put on quite the show. For the adventurers, there are volleyball courts in the sand as well as prime locations for surfing. Capitola Beach is one of the mellowest breaks for first-time surfers. Its consistently small waves make it a perfect place to practice your pop-up. Rent equipment such as boards, wet suits and more from nearby surf shops in Capitola Village.
Steps away from Capitola Village, this beach is ideal for those wanting to shop and dine close to the water. You can find unique art, fashion and beach essentials along with delicious eateries, cafes and dessert shops. During the summer, Capitola Beach is home to a weekly concert series, where on Wednesday nights visitors can enjoy live music, dancing and fun. Throughout the summertime, Capitola Beach also hosts select movie nights featuring family-friendly cinema and room to sprawl in the sand. There are shuttles offered during the summer season from Capitola Village to nearby parking lots. Spaces are limited, and dogs are not permitted on the sand. However, this is an ideal spot for things-to-do with everything at your fingerstips. Year-round, events are always happening at Capitola Beach. From car shows to marathons, there is something for everyone at Capitola Beach. List of events is available under “Upcoming Events”.