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BEST THINGS TO DO IN CAPITOLA AND NEAR AREAS:

Capitola has a pleasant weather, and charming atmosphere, which makes ir one of the nicest up-scale beach town. In 1869 it was laid out as a resort called Camp Capitola and is considered to be the oldest seaside resort on the Pacific Coast.
This pretty little sheltered beach has great weather and multi-color beach cottages which give a pleasing Mediterranean feeling.

The far south end of the beach, around the corner, is popular with beginning to intermediate surfers when the mild surf is up. You can check out real time surfing action at surf camera Capitola Beach is considered a great place learn to surf, and one of the very safest places. And the famous spot called 'The Hook' considerate for skilled surfers, is located along Pleasure Point at the end of the stairway located at 41st Avenue a 15 minute walk from Capitola.

The Shops

There are several local craft galleries, eating places, and woman’s boutiques in the pleasant shopping area just inland from the Capitola beach front. Checking them out is a nice thing to do in combination with a beach walk.

Capitola Wharf

At the far north end of Capitola beach is a nice long 855 foot wharf built in 1857. This is a pleasant walking destination and has a great view of the beach, especially at sunset.

At the end of the wharf you can drink and eat at the Wharf House Restaurant or rent a kayak. The wharf also features FREE pier fishing and the Capitola Boat & Boat Shop

 

BE IN CONTACT WITH NATURE:

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

10,000 acres of undeveloped second-growth redwood forest offers 30 miles of trails. Several picnic areas. Parking fees - self-registration every day. World Class Mountain biking in one of the most beautiful places anywhere.

Phone: (831) 763-7063

Aptos, CA

Natural Bridges State Beach

Monarch butterflies Oct. - Jan. Visitor Center. Beach has low-tide tidepools and a natural arch.

Phone: (831) 423-4609

Santa Cruz, CA

Neary Lagoon Park

Abundant wildlife, trails, small play area, tennis courts, floating walkways on the water and interpretive signage. No dogs allowed in wildlife refuge area.

Phone: (831) 420-5270

Santa Cruz, CA

Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz

Enjoy the year-round beauty of drought-tolerant non-invasive plant collections from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California.

Phone: (831) 427-2998

https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/

Santa Cruz, CA

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Features 2,000 year-old redwoods and over 80 miles of trails. Guided walks available. Leashed dogs allowed on paved roads only.

Phone: (831) 338-8860

Boulder Creek, CA

Wilder Ranch State Park

The park has 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails winding through coastal terraces and valleys and many restored historical buildings depicting the early life of California ranchers.

Phone: (831) 423-9703

1401 Coast Rd.

Santa Cruz CA.

Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp is a must see attraction with its 1880's steam trains winding through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and through a tunnel en route to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Phone: (831) 335-4484

Felton, CA

Mystery Spot

Located in the redwood forests outside Santa Cruz, this gravitational anomaly will blow your mind.

Phone: (831) 423-8897

465 Mystery Spot Rd.

Santa Cruz CA

Main Beach/Cowell Beach

Santa Cruz invites sun worshippers to play volleyball, swim, surf or stroll along the sandy beach. Lifeguards in summer. Portions available to rent for group picnics, casual weddings.

Santa Cruz, CA

Phone: (831) 420-5270

Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach is a beautiful beach adjacent to Santa Cruz Harbor and Twin Lakes State Beach. It has volleyball courts, catamaran storage and restaurants & shops located nearby.

Phone: (831) 475-6161

Santa Cruz, CA

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dedicated to educating and inspiring people to conserve the ocean and all its critters, the Aquarium gets you up close and personal with sea otters, sea horses, fish, turtles, moray eels and living coral.

Phone: (831) 648-4800

886 Cannery Roy.

Monterey, CA

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Exploration Center highlights one of our nation's largest marine sanctuary and features engaging, interactive, multi-media exhibits designed to help visitors explore the sanctuary's remarkable marine environment and understand their personal role in protecting this underwater treasure.

Phone: (831) 421-9993

Santa Cruz, CA

Seabright State Beach

A long sandy beach between the Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Harbor. Fire rings available. Restrooms and outdoor showers.

Phone: (831) 427-4868

Santa Cruz, CA

Seacliff State Beach

This long stretch of sand has great accessible facilities including picnic areas and an interpretive center.

Phone: (831) 685-6500

Aptos, CA

Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab

Touch a shark, marvel at a whale of a skeleton, dive into the latest discoveries in ocean science. Exhibits, aquarium, daily tours, touch pools and Ocean Discovery Shop.

Phone: (831) 459-3800

Santa Cruz, CA

 

ART, CULTURE AND HISTORY:

Cabrillo College Art Gallery

A prominent college gallery-space exhibiting the artwork of nationally and internationally known artists.

Phone: (831) 479-6308

Aptos, CA

Cabrillo College Visual & Performing Arts Complex

A state-of-the-art facility for all art mediums, housing 3 performance venues: the Crocker Theater, Music Recital Hall & the Black Box Theater. Year-round entertainment.

Phone: (831) 479-6154

Aptos, CA

Capitola Historical Museum

Offers changing exhibits on the history of the oldest resort on the Pacific Coast & depicts summer resort life in 1910.

Phone: (831) 464-0322

Capitola, CA

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

Gallery, art classes, gifts by local artists, clay workshops, music events.

Phone: (831) 336-3513

Ben Lomond, CA

Aptos History Museum

A collection of artifacts and photographs depicting the history of Aptos, from the Native American Indians to the earthquake.

Phone: (831) 688-1467

Aptos, CA

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) offers fun, affordable events and exhibitions that connect you to a community of creative, curious people.

Phone: (831) 429-1964

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Explore exhibits on native peoples, geology and local wildlife. Tidepool touch tank, live beehive, & life-size whale sculpture. Family fun! Always free for kids!

Phone: (831) 420-6115

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

This unique little museum's exhibits chronicle over 100 years of local surfing history.

Phone: (831) 420-6289

Santa Cruz, CA

Lighthouse Point

The Point features a surfing museum in a lighthouse & is the location of Steamer Lane, the county's most famous surfing spot.

Phone: (831) 420-5270

Santa Cruz, CA

Mission Santa Cruz

Check out Mission Santa Cruz, the 12th of 21 historic missions found along the California coast. Discover a museum that boasts an array of vestments from the original Mission.

In addition, there are sacred vessels used in the Catholic Mass along with beautiful silver candle sticks.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

The oldest building in the City of Santa Cruz and the only remaining original building of the Mission Santa Cruz settlement. Museum and tours.

Phone: (831) 425-5849

Santa Cruz, CA

 

FUN ACTIVITIES:

Pasatiempo Golf Club

Pasatiempo Golf Club is located in Santa Cruz, California, and many of its holes offer spectacular views of nearby Monterey Bay.

Phone: (831) 459-9155

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Voted the "World's Best Seaside Amusement Park," the admission-free Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is located on a mile of sandy beach. Enjoy over 35 rides including the Giant Dipper, family-friendly attractions, old-fashioned arcade and games, tasty treats and souvenir shopping. It’s the oldest amusement park in California and generations.

Phone: (831) 423-5590

Santa Cruz, CA

 Santa Cruz Harbor

Full-service marina with charters offering sailing, fishing, whale watching, eco-tours, kayaking and more. Landside, enjoy our restaurants, beach,and retail shops.

Phone: (831) 475-6161

Santa Cruz, CA

 

WINERIES:

Bottle Jack wines

Family run operated. The bottle jack symbolizes a few of the fascinating qualities that are common throughout the culture of winemaking; simplicity, ingenuity, and tradition.
Wine tastings are regularly offered on the 3rd Saturday & Sunday every month from 12 – 4pm. 
Checking our website or calling the winery 831-227-2288 for the most current tasting schedule prior to your visit is highly recommended.
2016 Viognier. Aromas of tropical fruit and honeysuckle with flavors of mango, pear and citrus on the finish. A medium bodied white that is soft on the pallet yet refreshingly dangerous.
2013 Sangiovese. The latest vintage of our 100% Brunello Clone Sangiovese from a small vineyard in this hills above Santa Clara Valley.
2013 Firenze Super Tuscan Blend.Our 3rd edition of the Firenze. You won't find any other wine like it and there probably will never be the same one ever again. 55% Sangiovese, 25% Teroldego, 12% Merlot, 8% Syrah.
2014 Zinfandel. Cherry, raspberry, blood orange, tea leaves and juniper with a black pepper finish. Harvested from dry farmed, self-rooted, head-trained vines. One of our flagship reds and claim to fame!
2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah. Two vineyard sources (Nelson & Zayante) blended together. Partially whole cluster fermented. Blackberry, red cherry and caramel. 80% Nelson Family Vineyards, 20% Zayante Vineyards.
2013 Syrah Reserve. A two-barrel selection from Zayante Vineyards. Aged 20 months in 50% new American Oak. Blueberry, chocolate, licorice & toasted oak.
2013 Merlot. 100% merlot. Fermented with a mixture of native and selected yeast & aged in 50% new American Oak. Blackberry, plum, red currant, bay laurel and chocolate.
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. Blackberry, black currant, anise and black pepper.

2014 Syrah-Grenache Blend. Berry, mineral and earth aromas with flavors of blackberry, red cherry, cedar, white pepper and dark chocolate. A fierce, unique and rare wine from this region. Almost a "field blend" of co-fermented 89.4% Syrah & 10.6% Grenache.

1088 La Madonna Drive

Phone: (831) 227-2288 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Beauregard Vineyards

Family run operation focused on luscious, hand-crafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel.

Phone: (831) 425-7777

Santa Cruz, CA

Corralitos Wine Trail

Nicholson Vineyards, Alfaro Family Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Vineyards and Windy Oaks Estate. Wander through the vineyards and olive groves of picturesque Corralitos and taste the estate wines of 4 boutique wineries.

Phone: (831) 724-7071

Aptos, CA

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

Produces food-friendly, European-style wines since 1975, with a focus on locally grown Pinot Noir. Sister brand, Quinta Cruz, features the varieties of Portugal & Spain that are now grown in CA.

Phone: (831) 426-6209

Santa Cruz, CA

Sones Cellars

Sones Cellars is a local family winery producing small lots of fine quality, distinctive wines from grape varieties that flourish in California. We focus primarily on vineyard designated Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.

Phone: (831) 420-1552

Santa Cruz, CA

Storrs Winery and Vineyards

We create award-winning wines grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Join us at our new winery location in Pleasant Valley, Corralitos by appointment (opening Spring 2013) or at our Santa Cruz tasting room.

Santa Cruz, CA

Phone: (831) 458-5030

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