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Capitola by the Sea

A city of only about 10,000 people, Capitola is just south of Santa Cruz. A favorite tourist spot in summer, with numerous hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants. Every year, the Capitola Art & Wine Festival takes place, with hundreds of artists present and showing their creations, and at least a dozen or so wineries offering their best wines up for sampling by those lucky passersby.

Capitola's Mediterranean Look

Narrow streets and multi-storied homes are the norm here. Quite a different look to this city (and a different crowd) than what you'll find in Santa Cruz. Capitola, especially on weekends, has lots of yuppies cruising about in everything from Alfa Romeos to Z cars, but almost no place to park a car. Be prepared to walk a ways.

A little friend I met high above the water

Walking on the train trestle, high above Soquel Creek, I happened upon this little fellow. We were both enjoying the sunshine this afternoon and neither of us were in any mood to fly ; ) The trestle offers a great view of the city and the beach, but I'm falling short of recommending it here because of the danger involved in traversing its thin wooden planks.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful little city to visit for the day
  • Cons:In summer, be prepared for swarms of tourists
  • Intro Updated May 14, 2005
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