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Explore The Charming Beach Town Of Capitola

Take a visit to this charming seaside getaway, just south of Santa Cruz. In Capitola, you'll discover great food, great shopping, and great beach and water sports for the whole family.

Capitola Historical Museum
410 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010-3318
(831) 464-0322
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The Capitola Historical Museum maintains extensive collections of photographs and artifacts related to Capitola's rich history, and offers changing exhibits on the history and art of the area, as well as on special seasonal and topical themes. Museum grounds now include a charming reconstructed cottage from the era of the early 20th century beach resort. It's a great place to learn about this wonderful beach town.

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Gayle's Bakery
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 462-1200
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Gayle and her husband have been running their popular bakery since 1978. Using only fresh ingredients and baking over 250 different products daily, Gayle's goes through a whopping 2 tons of butter a month.

Capitola Stand Up Paddle
208 San Jose Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 475-5108
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Stand-up paddle boarding is a fun adventures for swimmers of all ages. Rent a wetsuit and a board and hit the usually calm waters along Capitola's beach. $40 gets you two hours of fun in the sun at Capitola Stand Up Paddle.

Bloomsbury Tea Room

Bloomsbury Tea Room
911 Capitola Ave # B
Capitola, CA 95010-2175
(831) 477-1798
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Need to unwind with a civilized snack? Stop into the Bloomsbury Tea Room for a delicious selection of loose leaf teas served in traditional, floral teacups. In addition to traditional scones and pastries, you won't want to miss a bite of Bloomsbury's delicious sandwiches. And don't worry about that beach hair. Every guest at Bloomsbury Tea Room is offered a fun, tea-party hat to wear while they sip.

Big Kahuna
217 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, California 95010
(831) 462-5320
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Say Aloha to this fun shirt shop. The Big Kahuna sells over 5500 Hawaiians shirts, some works of art, others fun and whimsical. An item or two from The Big Kahuna will help you fit right in with Capitola's beach vibe, and is a great reminder of your time in town.

Monarch Cove Inn
620 El Salto Drive
Capitola, California 95010
(831) 464-1295
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The Monarch Cover Inn fills this charming Victorian home, built in 1883. Each of the 11 guest rooms offer stunning views. Guests are invited to take a stroll through the historical gardens located throughout the grounds. Monarch Cove is the perfect, relaxed spot to kick back for a night in town.


Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Road
Capitola, CA 95010-2837
(831) 475-1511
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Named one of the most romantic restaurants in the country, you've actually got to take a cable car, or "hillavator" to get to Shadowbrook. For decades, this creek-side, fine-dining, one-of-a-kind restaurant has attracted diners from all over the world. The location and charm of Shadowbrook is truly unique, but the food is just as impressive.

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay's Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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