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Welcome to Capitola


Explore Capitola, CA


Welcome to Capitola, CA—a charming coastal town steeped in history, surrounded by natural beauty, and alive with vibrant energy. Located along the stunning Monterey Bay, Capitola offers residents and visitors alike a unique blend of seaside tranquility, small-town charm, and modern amenities. Whether you're seeking a relaxing beach getaway, a vibrant cultural scene, or a bustling shopping and dining experience, Capitola has something for everyone.


Prime Coastal Location and Accessibility


Capitola is ideally situated along California's scenic Highway 1, just a short drive from Santa Cruz and Monterey. Its prime coastal location provides easy access to the region's top attractions, including pristine beaches, picturesque parks, and world-class surf spots. Residents and visitors can enjoy the best of coastal living with convenient access to major urban centers and transportation hubs.


Coastal Beauty and Outdoor Recreation


Capitola is known for its breathtaking coastal beauty, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The town's iconic Capitola Beach is a popular destination for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing, while nearby New Brighton State Beach offers scenic trails and picnicking areas.


Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate Capitola's proximity to natural wonders like Seacliff State Beach and Nisene Marks State Park, where they can explore miles of hiking and biking trails, observe wildlife, and reconnect with nature.


Quaint Village and Local Culture


Capitola's historic village area is a vibrant hub of activity, featuring colorful cottages, boutique shops, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants. The Capitola Art & Cultural Commission organizes a variety of cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing local artists and promoting artistic expression.


The Capitola Wharf, with its fishing opportunities and scenic views, is a beloved landmark that adds to the town's coastal charm. The annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival and Capitola Begonia Festival are signature events that draw visitors from near and far, highlighting the town's rich cultural heritage and community spirit.


Real Estate in Capitola, CA


The real estate market in Capitola offers a mix of housing options, from cozy beach cottages and waterfront condos to luxury estates with panoramic ocean views. Homebuyers are drawn to Capitola for its idyllic coastal setting, vibrant community, and the opportunity to own a piece of California's coastal paradise. Whether you're looking for a vacation retreat or a permanent residence, Capitola provides a desirable blend of coastal living and urban convenience.


Ideal for Beachgoers and Culture Enthusiasts


Capitola is an ideal destination for beach lovers, with its pristine sandy beaches, sparkling waters, and a range of water activities such as surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The town's vibrant arts scene, local festivals, and cultural events make it a perfect place for culture enthusiasts and those seeking a lively community atmosphere.


Experience the Best of Capitola, CA


Capitola, CA, offers a unique coastal living experience with its blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and small-town charm. With its prime location, diverse real estate options, and vibrant community spirit, Capitola provides an exceptional quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Discover the allure of Capitola today.


For more information on real estate opportunities and community events in Capitola, CA, contact our local experts who are ready to help you find your perfect home in this coastal gem.


Overview for Capitola, CA

10,041 people live in Capitola, where the median age is 47.3 and the average individual income is $54,673. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Capitola, CA

There's plenty to do around Capitola, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Shockwave, Paradise Dogs, and Makse Bar.

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Dining 4.87 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.91 miles 22 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.01 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.94 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.38 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.05 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Capitola, CA

Capitola has 4,656 households, with an average household size of 2.12. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Capitola do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,041 people call Capitola home. The population density is 6,297.52 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Capitola, CA

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