716 Capitola Ave Ste G
Capitola, CA 95010-2777
Phone: (831) 475-6522
Spend the day in this appealing beach town where surf meets Mediterranean ambiance.
Capitola-by-the-Sea started in the 1860s as a resort town, a place for people from “over the hill” in San Jose to escape the heat. In the 1920s, it took on a Mediterranean feel, sprouting homes reminiscent of those found in Italian fishing villages. But the Mediterranean doesn’t have surf like Capitola’s.
Start the day with apple-carrot muffins and cappuccinos at Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria , a happening breakfast nook. Stroll along the Esplanade’s “tile wall,” composed of hundreds of ceramic tiles painted by residents. Take a plunge (surfboard optional) into the water at Capitola City Beach . Then explore the town’s cottage-lined back streets, with a stop at the Historical Museum . A must for dinner is Shadowbrook Restaurant , with a stellar wine list and its own funicular railroad.
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