A delightful hybrid of old and new, Capitola village is one of California’s most charming beach towns. With the azure waters of Monterey Bay as the backdrop, this intimate hillside getaway four miles south of Santa Cruz is terraced by Craftsman bungalows and packed with interesting shops, dining spots, wine bars and seaside fun. Full of activity during the summer, the town’s beach and wharf provide many entertaining diversions, including swimming, fishing, boating—or just soaking up the sun on the Esplanade-lined main beach.

Capitola is busiest in summer, but inviting all year long. With its clusters of shops and restaurants within just a few blocks of the beach, you can easily spend the day or even an entire weekend strolling around. Shopping options range from arts and crafts, designer apparel and original jewelry to retro surfer threads and high-fashion bikinis. Wine bars share equal beachfront vistas with bohemian coffee dens and unbeatable live music cocktail scenes.

Take time out for wine tasting or a cappuccino before making dinner plans at one of the many inviting ocean-facing and creek-side restaurants. Overlooking the beach, the curving Esplanade offers a wide variety of lively dining choices and watering holes as well as prime al fresco people watching.

Just a few minutes walk from the beach, the famed Shadowbrook Restaurant perches on a steep hillside overlooking the scenic Soquel Creek estuary. Featuring fine dining in a romantic Old-World setting, as well as more casual fare in the popular Rock Room Lounge, this historic restaurant is reached either by its unique hillside “cable car” or via a winding garden path through flowers, luxuriant ferns and waterfalls.

Visit for event listings and a business directory, along with a free VIP card with special offers from Capitola Village merchants.