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Pastel-colored buildings - decorated with blooming red flowers - contrast beautifully against the rich blue ocean at pretty Capitola. The beach forms the heart of this charming community, and is where the locals gather to watch sailing boats bobbing out to sea, or to laugh and cheer, while taking part in hastily arranged beach volleyball tournaments. There's a distinctly Mediterranean feel to Capitola - with its mild climate, and narrow streets descending to the ocean - and with a mile of gorgeous beach, sizzling seafood restaurants, and a host of cozy hotels, you'll quickly feel at home here.

Things to see

Capitola City Beach is the place to be when the village is smothered in golden sunshine. Soak up the jovial atmosphere around Soquel Creek, or take a short walk to leave the crowds behind, and admire the crumbling cliffs and wave-pounded rocks in peaceful solitude. Sit on the soft sand of Cowell Beach - to watch as surfers try to keep their balance on the crests of foaming waves - before grabbing a board for yourself, and attempting to shakily stand up, while taking lessons from an expert tutor. While you might feel disappointed if the fog rolls in during your stay in Capitola, in truth, it's simply a great excuse to visit New Brighton State Beach and get arty. Photographers, in particular, will love snapping the grey crashing waves, bleached lumps of driftwood, and tangles of seaweed that dot the dramatic coastal scene. Once the fog's cleared, walk out along Capitola Wharf, to watch anglers tempting fish out of the water, and to breathe in some salty sea air, before heading back into the village to try out a new seafood restaurant.

Hotels in Capitola

There's not a huge amount of choice when it comes to hotels in Capitola, but the options that are available provide plenty of razzle-dazzle. Walk into a foyer that's piled high with dusty hardbacks, and stay in airy rooms - complete with spectacular 4-post beds, and ready-to-roar open fireplaces. Modern chain hotels are also available, offering free WiFi in the rooms, along with flat-screen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities. Capitola hotels give you access to sweeping sun patios, where you can sit back with a book, or smother on sunscreen to top up your tan, before enjoying a blissful snooze.

Where to stay

You'll feel genuinely welcome in Capitola, where the locals will enthusiastically encourage you to join in with their annual celebrations. Combining 2 things California does better than anywhere else, the Art and Wine Festival is a party that's not to be missed. Browse for an overlooked masterpiece, or give your tongue a treat, as you taste hints of blackcurrant and strawberry, in wines pressed from local vineyards. Stay by the beach, if you want to browse tiny boutiques, where you'll find one-of-a-kind handmade dresses, and beautiful hand-painted ceramics - all on sale at bargain prices.

How to get to Capitola

San Jose International Airport offers flights all across the world, and is just 40 minutes' drive away from Capitola. It’s worth checking whether a flight to any of the other airports in the Bay Area – like San Francisco and Oakland - are cheaper, however, as you'll only be adding a few extra minutes to your journey. The Coast Starlight Amtrak service also stops in San Jose – if you'd rather not fly – and can take you along the Pacific, to Seattle or Los Angeles.

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