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Perched at the juncture of Soquel Creek and Monterey Bay, Capitola-by-the-Sea, about five miles east of Santa Cruz, is a beach town with a distinctly European feel. It’s like a jumble of little jewels piled on top of one another—boutiques, restaurants, inns and a lively string of bars on the Esplanade.

Capitola-by-the-Sea draws thousands of tourists every year seeking a relaxing beachside holiday. Visitors can find a wide selection of vacation rentals and guest accommodation, while the esplanade features a variety of restaurants, cafes and live music venues.

Capitola hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Capitola Begonia Festival in the summer, Capitola Art & Wine Festival in the early fall and the arrival of Surfing Santa at the start of the winter holiday season.

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American Restaurants

Paradise Beach Grille

215 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010

From day one, we have not wavered from our original concept of providing quality service and food in a fun environment for our customers, employees and owners. Located on the water in Capitola Village.

Athletic Wear

Outdoor World

1440 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

Outdoor World is a sporting goods store offering gear and apparel in a variety of categories: Air Guns, Paintball, Backpacking, Batteries, Beach & Swim, Bicycle Accessories, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camping Gear, Car Racks, Clothing, Daypacks, Exercise Eq

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Foods

Tony & Albas Pizza & Pasta

1501 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

American Restaurants

Shadowbrook Restaurant

1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010

Happy hour is short and sweet (Friday, 4-6pm) here at this decades-old Capitola institution, but it appears there's a happy crew here every night.

Restaurants

Dharma's

4250 Capitola Rd, Capitola, CA 95010

Mostly vegan restaurant in Capitola. Serving vegans and vegetarians since 1982.

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Bars

Britannia Arms Capitola

110 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

Britannia Arms is a British Pub and Sports Bar located in by the sea in the Capitola Village, with an outdoor patio and views of the ocean. Enjoy live music every Friday night at 9pm, Karaoke Night on Saturday. Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3pm-6pm.

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Camping

New Brighton Beach

1500 Park Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

The beach features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine and Coastal Live Oak.

American Restaurants

Zelda's

203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010

Zelda's restaurant has been serving customers for the past 31 years. We offer indoor and outdoor dining with a beachfront deck where you can enjoy Capitola beach and take in spectacular Monterey Bay and wharf views.

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