Welcome to Capitola Village, your perfect summer retreat! Nestled along the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz. Capitola offers a blend of coastal beauty, dining, and family-friendly activities. Here’s your ultimate 2 day itinerary for a memorable getaway.


Day 1: Morning Check-In

Capitola Venetian Hotel

The Capitola Venetian Hotel is an iconic landmark in Capitola Village, known for its colorful, Mediterranean-inspired architecture that adds a touch of old-world charm to your stay. Each suite is uniquely decorated, offering a blend of comfort and style, ensuring a memorable and relaxing experience. Enjoy the convenience of being just steps away from the sandy shores of Capitola Beach, where you can soak up the sun, take leisurely walks along the coastline, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.

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Time to explore your new neighborhood

Start your day with a delicious coffee or tea from Mr. Toot’s Coffee & Tea, a local favorite known for its cozy atmosphere and friendly service. In addition to their expertly brewed beverages, Mr. Toot’s also offers a delightful selection of fresh bagels and pastries, perfect for a light and satisfying breakfast.

Take your drink and breakfast to go and enjoy a leisurely stroll along Capitola Beach. The serene morning ambiance, combined with the sound of the waves and the crisp sea breeze, creates a perfect setting to start your day. As you walk along the shoreline, keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, or other sea life in Monterey Bay.

From Sandy Toes To Hitting The Road

Explore Capitola at your own pace with an exciting and eco-friendly option – renting E-bikes! These electric bicycles are a fun way to see the sights and experience the fresh ocean breeze, all while reducing your carbon footprint.

Feel the cool breeze against your face as you glide past sandy shores and crashing waves. This activity is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

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Lunch at Left Coast Sausage Worx? We think yes.

Treat yourself to a delicious and hearty lunch at Left Coast Sausage Worx, where mouthwatering sausages are a local favorite. This popular eatery is known for its creative and flavorful sausage offerings, making it a must-visit spot for both locals and visitors. Almost all of their ingredients and produce are local. The sausages are sourced from Corralitos Market and bread from Aldos Bakery.

Walk The Shops of Capitola Village

Stroll around the charming streets of Capitola Village and discover a variety of local shops that offer unique gifts and treasures. With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up something special for the dads in your life.

Start your shopping adventure at Santa Cruz Apparel, a local favorite known for its stylish and comfortable clothing. Here, you’ll find a wide range of apparel that captures the laid-back, coastal vibe of Santa Cruz. From casual t-shirts and hoodies to trendy hats and accessories, there’s something for everyone. Santa Cruz Apparel is also a great place to find locally themed gifts that showcase the spirit of the area.


Dinner Time On The Water

Enjoy dinner at Margaritaville, where the laid-back vibe and delicious food create the perfect setting to unwind.

Its prime location overlooks the ocean, with best views of the beach and Soquel river.

Start your evening with a refreshing cocktail, our go to order is the Paloma Margarita – The Ville.

Some menu items to try on this visit or add to your list for next time is:

1. Baja Fish Tacos – Beer battered wild Alaskan halibut topped with Hass avocado, cabbage, cilantro, and chipotle aioli.

2. Skirt Steak Tacos – Skirt steak grilled with onions and peppers, topped with Queso Oaxaca and cilantro.

3. Quesabirria – Braised beef and Queso Oaxaca folded into corn tortillas, finished on the flattop and served with consommé on the side for dipping.


Day 2: Let’s Get Ready To Explore And Try New Things

Start your morning with a delightful breakfast at Zelda’s On The Beach, a beloved Capitola staple that offers not only a delicious menu but also breathtaking beachfront views. Located right on the sand, Zelda’s provides the perfect setting to enjoy a leisurely morning meal while soaking in the beauty of Capitola’s coastline.

Some menu items to try on this visit or add to your list for next time is:

1. Chilaquiles (GF) – Tortilla chips with salsa, three eggs, cheese, sour cream, black beans.

2. Huevos Rancheros (GF) – Three eggs, corn tortillas, black beans, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, salsa & sour cream, and home fries.

3. French Toast – Cinnamon egg battered golden grilled toast, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup. Don’t forget to add the chicken tenders!


Get Adventurous With The Family

Make your late morning an unforgettable family adventure with Surf Lessons & Rentals at Capitola Beach Co. Whether you’re seasoned surfers or first-timers, this family-friendly activity promises fun, excitement, and plenty of smiles.

Capitola Beach Co. offers surf & stand up paddle lessons with an emphasis on safety and fun. Surf and beach rentals including:

  • Surf Boards
  • Stand Up Paddle boards
  • Body Boards
  • Wetsuits
  • Beach Chairs and Beach Umbrellas
  • These are all available at the rental trailer in Esplanade Park.


Midday Lunch And Drinks

For a classic pub lunch that the whole family will love, head to Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant. Located in the heart of Capitola, this spot offers a variety of delicious options that cater to all tastes, making it an ideal destination for families, especially with Father’s Day approaching.

Here are some must-have menu items to share or experience on your own:

1. Ahi Tartare – A tower of sushi-grade ahi tuna, avocado, red & green bell peppers, green onions, cilantro, soy sauce, and sesame oil, drizzled with a balsamic reduction, served with fried wonton chips.

2. Bacon-wrapped Prawns – Jumbo prawns stuffed with mozzarella cheese and wrapped in bacon, on top of a ginger cream sauce, with a sweet chili glaze, chopped green onions, and black sesame seeds.

3. Calamari – Tender calamari steak strips breaded and deep-fried, served with cocktail and tartar sauces.

4. Popcorn Shrimp – Breaded and deep-fried bay shrimp, served with cocktail and tartar sauces.


The Exploring Never Ends At The Capitola Village

Spend a delightful late afternoon exploring the Mercantile Arcade, a charming spot filled with unique shops and treasures waiting to be discovered. This bustling arcade is perfect for families looking to enjoy some quality time together, with something to interest everyone, no matter their age.

For the kids (and the young at heart), a visit to the local candy shops is a must. Capitola’s candy stores are filled with an enticing array of sweet treats that will make any day feel like a special occasion. From old-fashioned candies and homemade chocolates to gummy bears and saltwater taffy, there’s a sweet treat to satisfy every craving. Let the kids pick out their favorites and enjoy watching their eyes light up with excitement as they choose from the colorful displays.

Late Afternoon Delights

Cool off with some of the best ice cream in town at Polar Bear Ice Cream.

Since 1975, Polar Bear Ice Cream has churned hand-made small batch artisan ice cream right here in Santa Cruz County, using all-natural and locally sourced ingredients.

You Deserve A Date Night

Experience an unforgettable evening at Paradise Beach Grille, where you can enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one. Nestled right on the waterfront, this upscale restaurant boasts breathtaking ocean views that set the stage for an intimate and memorable dining experience.

Start your evening with a selection of some buzz worthy cocktails:

1. Mango Margie – Código silver tequila, mango purée, sweet & sour, fresh lime, tajin rim, served on rocks.

2. Jalepeño Margarita – Tres Paraguas margarita, fresh jalepeños, tajin rim, served on rocks.

3. Mezcal ‘Rita – Tierra De Acre mezcal & tequila, fresh lime juice, agave, a splash of lime, sugar rim, served up.

4. Grapefruit Martini – Absolut grapefruit vodka, triple sec, fresh grapefruit juice, a splash of lime, sugar rim, served up.


Capitola Village offers the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re here for the beach, the food, or the charming local shops, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time. Visit our blog for more insider tips and updates on upcoming events.

We can’t wait to welcome you!


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