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Cottage in Capitola
Jem in The Jewel Box on Opal Street-30 day rental
Forget Europe! Take a break from it all and stay at our centrally located Jem in the Jewel Box neighborhood. 1,193 sq. ft. Work from home here, take some time to relax, catch some tasty waves and you'll be fine. Set in a quite neighborhood, but you do get to hear the ocean some nights more than others. You'll be renting our front cottage home. Full disclosure: we have a full time renter in the apartment that is detached from home, set above back garage. Tenant has their own walkway & driveway.
$143 per night
Rental unit in Capitola
Bombora Apartment Capitola Beach Village
This new 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment has everything you need. Walking distance to Capitola Village shops, restaurants, Gayle s Bakery, and the Beach! We provide off-street parking in a private parking area. This gorgeous apartment is adjacent to our Architectural firms offices. The Bombora apartment has its own private entrance. A very quiet location. 3 min walk to the famous Gayle's Bakery 4 min walk to the Capitola Village shops and restaurants 5 min walk and your toes are in the sand
$250 per night
Rental unit in Capitola
Beautiful ocean front studio apartment. Right in the heart of colorful Capitola Village. Enjoy the ocean view from both sides and wander through the village outside. Lounge on the beach, explore colorful Capitola Village, take the cruiser bikes on an adventure, and use the included surfboards at the fantastic surf break in sight of your apartment!
$286 per night

Stay near Capitola's top sights

New Brighton State Beach45 locals recommend
Capitola Beach159 locals recommend
Zelda's on the Beach68 locals recommend
Shadowbrook Restaurant205 locals recommend
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria155 locals recommend
Capitola Mall32 locals recommend

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Capitola Village Bungalow - 2 Blocks from the Sand
$187 per night
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62 steps to sand - historic Capitola beach cottage
$389 per night

Your guide to Capitola

Welcome to Capitola

Established as a summer cottage escape, the small town of Capitola has stayed true to its roots as one of California’s first marquee resort destinations. Here you can wander a winding esplanade through the cozy village hugged by ocean bluffs, exploring clusters of Craftsman-style homes, galleries, breweries, and boutiques. Waterfront bistros serve food and cocktails alongside tranquil views, and wine tasting rooms offer wares from nearby vineyards. You can easily spend the day relaxing in the sun or learning to surf at Capitola's big sandy beach, which is dotted with bright, candy-colored storefronts. Begin your evening by taking in the sunset from the tip of a 855-foot wooden pier. Located just south of Santa Cruz, Capitola provides a low-key alternative to its neighbor’s buzzy boardwalk amusement park, making it an ideal base for exploring Northern California’s coastal charms.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Capitola

If you’re hoping for a classic beach vacation, summer and the early months of fall are the best time to enjoy Capitola. Warm weather entices people to the beach, where sun worshippers lounge on the sand or try their luck at boogie boarding and surfing in the gentle waves. Sidewalk dining buzzes, and the town hosts outdoor concerts, movies, and art fairs, including the Capitola Art and Wine Festival in September, featuring more than 160 artists and 20 wineries. As fall fades into winter, you’ll still encounter sunny days, but also cooler temps, fog, and rain showers. These seasons also mean fewer crowds, though — and a walk along the beach under foggy skies can be just as picturesque as on a summer day. (Note that even in the summer, mornings and evenings can be fogged in, so bring extra layers.)

Top things to do in Capitola

New Brighton State Beach

While Capitola Beach is the main waterfront draw, nearby New Brighton State Beach is an under-the-radar gem. This undeveloped swatch of coastline boasts dramatic tree-topped bluffs and uninterrupted vistas of Monterey Bay. Explore the beach via hiking trails, and stop by the nature center — open in spring and summer — to learn more about its history and environs.


This 150-year-old community a mere five-minute drive from Capitola is an appealing collection of mom-and-pop antique shops perfect for a day of leisurely browsing. After you’ve located a unique treasure to take home, unwind with a tipple at a local winery.

Bigfoot Discovery Museum

Southern California can keep its movie stars. In Northern California, the most famous resident is a hairy humanoid who roams the redwoods named Bigfoot. Journey about 20 minutes inland from Capitola to the forested town of Felton to visit the diminutive and quirky Bigfoot Discovery Museum, which offers proof (if you choose to see it that way) of the creature's existence, alongside pop culture memorabilia.

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