Capitola Beach Day Trip (Wood Forts + Lunch on the Water)

Capitola Beach (the beach!)

The first thing you’ll notice about Capitola Beach is that there are 2 sides to the beach. If you’re facing the ocean, the left side is a nice beginner surf spot. Here’s the wave:

There are easier ways to get off the beach than this little latter…but it was fun! (the deck you see beyond the latter is the first restaurant on Esplanade).

Capitola Beach Restaurants

Street-side Parklets in front of restaurants on Esplanade
  • Tacos Moreno
  • My Thai Beach
  • Zelda’s on the Beach
  • Bay Bar & Grill
  • Pizza My Heart
  • The Sand Bar
  • Paradise Beach Grille
  • Margaritaville
The Sand Bar — a fun local couple we got to chat with. Their sons names are Maverick and Marshall — please send them this link if you know them.
Margharita on the water at The Sand Bar at Capitola Beach

Coffee at Capitola Beach

After lunch and a cocktail, you might want some caffeine. The parents of Maverick and Marshall recommended we headed about 100 feet down the street to Mr. Toots Coffeehouse (231 Esplanade Capitola, CA 95010). It’s upstairs one flight:

A picture of Jade Allen Boutique from the outside
  • Easy Parking — Show up early (9am) if you want to easily find parking close to the beach (you can park up to 3 hours in most the spots down near the water but there are very few).
  • Backup Parking for Capitola Beach — Capitola has 220+ spots at the Beach and Village Parking Lots (Upper and Lower levels) located behind City Hall at 420 Capitola Avenue. Parking costs are $0.50 an hour, for up to 12 hours. These lots are highly recommended if you plan to stay longer than the 3-hour limit imposed in the Village parking spaces.
  • Capitola Surf Cam —
There’s a cute statute of Sea Lions to hug as you depart Capitola Beach



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Maverick Kelly’s 52 Day Trips

Maverick Kelly’s 52 Day Trips

Hi! I’m Maverick. My mommy, daddy & me are on a mission to take 52 day trips around the San Francisco Bay Area! Thx for joining in the fun!