Everything Capitola dot com



Your only source for Everything Capitola: Discover new restaurants, bars, shops, surf spots, hidden gems and more.

Whether you are planning your first visit to Capitola, or Santa Cruz county in general; are a regular to the area looking to discover new sights and sounds; just moved here and are looking to discover the area; have friends or family coming to visit; or are just curious; Everything Capitola dot com has a bit of everything for everyone.


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Are you a local business owner looking to be highlighted?

We are always happy to feature a local business in our highlighted area to help people become more aware of the fantastic shops in town. After all, our local small town atmosphere wouldn’t exist without local small town business owners! Hopefully your business is already listed here, but if not don’t worry!

Let us know if you need your business listed, would like it featured, or have some other clever idea of how we can help each other to grow!

What county is Capitola in?

Capitola is located within Santa Cruz County n California. Capitola is one of the four cities within Santa Cruz county: Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville. In addition to the four cities, there are a number of smaller towns and other census-designated areas including Soquel, Aptos, Felton, and more. Each of these areas have their own secrets to be discovered so don’t be shy and adventure out!

What does Capitola mean?

You may be surprised to learn that the origins of Capitola’s name are somewhat shrouded in mystery, with some details possibly lost to the ages. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History have a great page dedicated to Capitola’s naming, as well as a full essay discussing the possible roots of its name.

How do you get to Capitola?

Capitola is tucked away between Santa Cruz and Soquel. However with the lack of signs announcing you have entered Capitola it can be hard to tell if you’re currently in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, or Aptos if you don’t know the area very well.

The good news is Capitola is pretty hard to miss, and with only one highway cutting through Capitola there are really only two directions you could be coming from:

Driving South

coming from San Jose, San Francisco, etc.

  1. Use your favorite navigation app to get to Highway 17 (CA-17 S)
  2. Take CA-17 S past Santa Cruz. You’ll know you’re passing Santa Cruz when you hit ‘The Fishhook’: the sharp turn existing to Highway 1 (CA-1 S)
  3. Take CA-1 S until the Bay Ave. / Porter St. exist (Exist 437). Exit off CA-1 and take a right onto Bay Ave.
  4. Continue on Bay Ave for approximately 1 mile. You will pass a grocery store and Dairy Queen before coming to a four-way stop.
  5. Turn right at the four-way stop onto Capitola Ave. You will come to several stop signs as you drive down into the Village.
  6. Find a parking spot and let the adventure begin!
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