Unique Shops, Galleries, Restaurants, Seaside Lodging and Our Beautiful Coastline

A quaint seaside village
In the heart of the monterey bay

Capitola Village by the Sea is one of the oldest vacation retreats on the Pacific Coast. Before the resort was founded, Soquel Indians lived here for more than 2,000 years. After California statehood, the mouth of the Soquel Creek became a shipping point called Soquel Landing. Santa Cruz County pioneer Frederick Hihn bought the land in 1856 and built the first wharf. In 1882 Hihn subdivided lots and built cabins, a skating rink, hotel, theater and bandstand. Visitors came by car and on the Santa Cruz-Watsonville train. With a 160 room hotel, Capitola Village was the premier coastal resot, winter and summer.