There are so many amazing things to do and see in the Capitola Village, many of which we're sure you already know about. You know the typical stuff, like the fact that you must visit Shadowbrook, and you have to get a pizza and a t-shirt from Pizza My Heart and eat it at the Capitola Beach. You know about the Capitola Art & Wine Festival, and you know that you have to get a photo in front of the Capitola Venetian while you're here. But do you know the really cool, really secret Capitola things to do that only locals know about? We'll tell you this time, but shhhh... don't tell anyone else because they're secrets! 

September and October Are The Best Times To Visit 

 Capitola Beach Sunset September and October are one of the best times to visit Capitola and Santa Cruz. Its warmer and there is less fog, which makes for better beach days. It's also one of the best times to catch a spectacular orange and pink sunset. Typically there are less crowds as well, which makes for an easier time exploring the shops, making reservations at restaurants, and grabbing a good spot to watch live music at the local bars. 

Rent Bikes and Ride Around the Village 

While visiting you can rent bikes nearby at Family Cycling Center on 41st Ave in Capitola. Take the bikes back to the Village and use them to get around! Go wine tasting, head up to Gayle's Bakery and get some treats, bike back down to the beach and enjoy your lunch on the sand. After lunch, take your bikes for a ride along the river and enjoy all of the beautiful sites that Capitola Village has to offer. 

Go Fishing on The Wharf 

For a fun afternoon activity head to the end of the Capitola Wharf and check out Capitola Boat and Bait. You can rent rods and reels for just $15/day, or you can buy a complete setup. The tackle shops stock rods, reels, sinkers, hooks, line, spoons, frozen bait and essential fishing tools. If you're really serious about catching some fish, you can rent a boat and take your fishing gear out to sea for some bigger catches! 

Happy Hour Specials at Capitola Village Restaurants 

Check Capitola Village restaurant websites frequently as many restaurants in town offer Happy Hour specials through out the week! For instance, Paradise Beach Grill has Happy Hour from  3 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday, in the bar area. $4 draft beers, $5 well drinks and $5 house wine. Happy Hour bar food starting at 4 pm. While Margaritaville also has Happy Hour specials from 3 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday and Taco Tuesday specials. 

Low Tide Between Capitola Beach and New Brighton Beach

At this Capitola secret spot you can see some cool sea creatures! Explore the beaches in between Capitola Beach and New Brighton Beach in Aptos during low tide. The water goes way out, exposing tons of little cracks and crevices that serve as the home to starfish, sea anemone and other tiny critters. It’s a super fun activity for kids to get their hands in the sand and get up close and personal with some marine life. It’s also worth it just to see the beautiful colors of the blue green mossy rock peeking out from the water. 

Find a Quiet Spot to Read Along the River 

If you need a little break during the craziness of your day, sneak over to a quiet, cozy spot along the Soquel Creek and steal a few moments to yourself. Read or just sit there and enjoy the view, a few minutes alone with the peace of the water, the sound of the birds and the cool breeze of the ocean make all the difference. 

Pamper Yourself In Town 

    Did you know there are plenty of places in town to book a massage, treat yourself to a pedicure and manicure, or just get a blow out. Reserve a hot stone massage at Capitola Massage followed by a relaxing day of wine tasting around town. Explore pampering options here and treat yourself! After all, you are on vacation and deserve it. 

Sunrise Over the Capitola Cliffs 

One of our favorite places in all of Capitola to see the sunrise and enjoy a cup of morning coffee are the Capitola Cliffs. Take the Depot Hill stairs up to the Depot Hill neighborhood. Walk through the beautiful neighborhood until you find a secret path through the trees, past Monarch Cove Inn. Keep going until you come across a dirt path that runs along the train trestle and opens up to a cliff that looks out to the whole Monterey Bay. Find a cozy stump to perch on and enjoy!