Explore Capitola Village by foot! Take an afternoon and spend your time strolling through these top spots to see in the Capitola Village. Take pictures along the way and share your Capitola Village adventure with the hashtag #CapitolaVillage! You can find this curated walking tour guide in any of our  brochures found in restaurants and shops throughout our village. Tie up those walking shoes and lets begin, we'll take you through the history and culture of Capitola Village's colorful past. Follow the numbered list below to the numbered spots on the village map here.   
  1. Camp Capitola's first tent and cabin neighborhood. 
  2. The first railroad depot, turned sideways in the 1960's, it is now the Inn at Depot Hill. 
  3. Climb the 86 steps to the 1884 subdivision known as Depot Hill. 
  4. The majestic palm trees are a designated historic feature of the Esplanade Park. 
  5. Constructed in the 1880's, the Superintendents' Headquarters is a National Historic Landmark. 
  6. Completed circa 1902, the Six Sisters duplexes are among a very few surviving buildings designed for the Esplanade by prominent local architect Edward L. Van Cleeck. 
  7. The Mercantile opened in 1950 as the Capitola Bowl. 
  8. The ORIGINAL Margaritaville is the site of former lagoon boat and bathhouse. When the Stockton Avenue Bridge was finished in 1934, it visually connected stucco buildings along the curved Esplanade to the Mediterranean style bungalows of the Venetian Court across the street. 
  9. A small community of fishing shacks once existed where the Venetian Court now stands. The first condominium project in California, it now is a combination hotel and private homes. Beyond is the Capitola Wharf, first built in 1857. 
  10. Along the creek footpath, upstream from the Stockton Bridge is the Riverview Avenue subdivision developed in the 1920's & 1930's.
  11.  A modest log cabin was renovated in1947 to become the Shadowbrook Restaurant. Originally approached only from the river the present entrance is on Wharf Road, reachable only from the river, the present entrance is on Wharf Road, reachable by cable car. 
  12. Designed in 1922 by architect George McCrae, the Rispin Mansion was built by Capitola's 3rd owner, H Allen Rispin. years later it served as home for the Convent of Poor Clares. Restoration is now in progress under current ownership of City of Capitola.