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Things to do in Capitola

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
American Restaurant
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“Historic building on the river in Capitola. Ride the tram down the hill! Unbelievable landscaping and serene setting on the river. Live music on weekends!Sit by the fireplace! ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Killer Food, expensive, but worth it. I've taken my closest friends here and you really can't go wrong. Huge long case of prepared foods (deli) both warm and cold, many salads, meats, fish, pasta. Another long case of pastries, pies, cookies, that are out of this world. Beer, wine, excellent coffee. Take to go for a picnic or to heat up at home or eat in at a semi-outdoor space with big tables (think permenant tent with heating). Casual atmoshphere but high end food.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Another local favorite!! Great little beach surrounded by cool shops and delicious restaurants!! Very chill little spot, love love love it! ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“A Santa Cruz Institution, a vegetarian restaurant where everything is delicious. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Very good food and drinks directly on the beach/Soquel river outlet. A bit on the pricier side but worth it. Weekends with music.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Fun brewery with indoor and outdoor seating. Lots of games and great for gatherings and celebrations. There is corn hole and ping pong and you can even bring your dog. :-) Really fun environment!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sits on the beach in Capitola. Great place for drinks. Patio dining and dog friendly”
  • 25 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is a typical shopping mall.. but you will find a few shops here that you will only find in Santa Cruz with Santa Cruz type stuff only being sold. You will understand when you see it. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“New York style thin crust. Locally famous. Several locations around town but this is the original. Grab a slice and head to the beach. My fave!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Great family beach featuring picnic areas, swimming, fishing and equipment available for rental. Situated near a forest of Monterey pine and coastal live oak - nice for hiking. It also has a camping area on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Food
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“Great new brewery right down the street. NuBo is a fun place to go for a drink or two.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great drinks and food, we recommend the hot chocolate, carrot cake and chocolate treats.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Cinema
“Great movie theater for families. Feels very homely and the food is decent. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Open for breakfast through dinner. Multiple televisions makes a good place to watch your special sporting events. NFL Sunday, World Cup, etc. and located on the beach.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Fantastic food and atmosphere! If you dine on a weekend make sure you make reservations.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A must visit local brewery. Great Pilsners, IPA's, Sours, Stouts and Porters; along with other rotating taps. There is food offered in the pop-up kitchen. Kid friendly.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Historic building on the river in Capitola. Ride the tram down the hill! Unbelievable landscaping and serene setting on the river. Live music on weekends!Sit by the fireplace! ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Bakery
“Killer Food, expensive, but worth it. I've taken my closest friends here and you really can't go wrong. Huge long case of prepared foods (deli) both warm and cold, many salads, meats, fish, pasta. Another long case of pastries, pies, cookies, that are out of this world. Beer, wine, excellent coffee. Take to go for a picnic or to heat up at home or eat in at a semi-outdoor space with big tables (think permenant tent with heating). Casual atmoshphere but high end food.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“A Santa Cruz Institution, a vegetarian restaurant where everything is delicious. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good food and drinks directly on the beach/Soquel river outlet. A bit on the pricier side but worth it. Weekends with music.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sits on the beach in Capitola. Great place for drinks. Patio dining and dog friendly”
  • 25 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“New York style thin crust. Locally famous. Several locations around town but this is the original. Grab a slice and head to the beach. My fave!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Great drinks and food, we recommend the hot chocolate, carrot cake and chocolate treats.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Fantastic food and atmosphere! If you dine on a weekend make sure you make reservations.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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