Capitola, Soquel, and the surrounding areas are host to many different forms of recreation, including golf, fishing, beaches, bike-riding and hiking trails, parks, surfing, camping, and so much more.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk– Santa Cruz, 831-423-5590
Mystery Spot– Santa Cruz, 831-423-8897


Capitola City Beach – Always a favorite! Located in the heart of Capitola Village with its many shops and restaurants. Lots of swimming, surfing, volleyball, kite flying and beach activities for the whole family. Capitola Beach has been voted a favorite and written up in many magazines as one of the top ten beaches on the west coast.
New Brighton State Beach
Seacliff State Beach– Aptos


New Brighton State Beach 800-444-7275
Off Highway One – Park Avenue Exit. 115 campsites, 37 picnic sites, swimming, surf fishing, Open all year. Entrance fee. Camping limit 7 days (June – Sept), 15 days ( October – May) Reservations must be made well in advance as it is frequently sold out.

City Parks

City of Capitola Recreation Department  831-475-5935
Jade Street Park
– 4400 Jade St, Capitola – tennis & basketball courts, softball and soccer fields, playground, picnic and lawn areas.
Monterey Park – Monterey Ave, Capitola – softball field, jogging track, kite flying, picnic lawn area.


Capitola Wharf – open sunrise to sunset, boat rentals, seasonal moorings.
Capitola Boat & Bait


DeLaveaga Golf Course– Santa Cruz 831-423-7212
Pasatiempo Golf Club– Pasatiempo 831-459-9155
Casserly Par 3-Watsonville 831-724-1654
Seascape Golf Course-Aptos 831-688-3214

Helicopter Tours & Flight Training

Specialized Helicopters– Watsonville (831)763-2244

Mountain Biking

Nisene Marks State Park– Aptos
Wilder Ranch State Park
– Santa Cruz


Capitola Museum
Museum of Art & History– Santa Cruz
Museum of Natural History– Santa Cruz
Surfing Museum– Santa Cruz

Rock Climbing

Pacific Edge Climbing Gym– Santa Cruz
Castle Rock State Park– Los Gatos, 45 mins north of Capitola

State Parks

Nisene Marks– Aptos
Wilder Ranch– Santa Cruz
Henry Cowell Redwoods– Near Felton and Santa Cruz
Ano Nuevo Wildlife Preserve– 40 minutes north of Capitola
Elkhorn Slough– 30 minutes south of Capitola


There are dozens of great surfing spots along the coast near Capitola. Summer swell tends to be smaller than winter. Check out our climate information.
Pleasure Point
Capitola Jetty

Capitola Beach Co. 831-462-5222
131 Monterey Ave & Esplanade Park in Capitola Village.
SUP and surf lessons and rentals, beach rentals.
Open year round.

Capitola Surf and Paddle  831-435-6503
208 San Jose Ave in Capitola Village.
SUP and surf  lessons and rentals.

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