Capitola District Walking Tour, Santa Cruz (Self Guided)

Capitola is an intimate beach village situated Santa Cruz County on the Monterey Bay, and is home to different interesting galleries, restaurants, museums and specialty shops. Located an hour from San Francisco, Capitola is full of great traditions and interesting history. It is the perfect place where Begonia Festival fascinates tourists every weekend, along with live music and sand castle contests. Take this tour to discover the best attractions in Capitola.
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Capitola District Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Capitola District Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Santa Cruz (See other walking tours in Santa Cruz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: karenl
Capitola Wharf

1) Capitola Wharf

Originally built in 1857, Capitola Wharf has its own history in Capitola. The Wharf was built in the 1980's and contains a restaurant, bench seats, boat rentals and a fish tackle shop. Today, the wharf helps the tourism industry and offers wonderful views of the ocean, the beach, Capitola Village, free fishing and sailboats in the harbor. The wharf is home to live music and is the perfect place for family gatherings. Experience an unknown and better world on Capitola Wharf.
Venetian Court

2) Venetian Court

The Capitola Venetian, located on the beach in Capitola Village, is the oldest residential seaside resort in California, and a fabulous all-suite, boutique hotel. This resort began its construction in 1924 and was later listed as the first seaside tourism developments in California, now called "Capitola Venetian Hotel". The Venetian is built in the Mediterranean style and looks like an Italian village with mermaids on the arches, hand-carved doors thematic of Venice and bright colors on the outsides. The Venetian Court has so much character, a comfortable atmosphere, and it's within walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants and liquor store. Its beauty and seasonal attractions make it a great place in which to relax at every time of year.
Capitola Reef

3) Capitola Reef

This place is a little family owned shop in Capitola Village, a beautiful village on the Monterey Bay. Capitola Reef produces a special line of personalized jewelry handcrafted by them in gold and silver at their beach front shop, and has a wide collection of precious and semi-precious stones. The key to success is their personalized name rings, necklaces, bracelets sized for babies and adults and personalized gifts (especially baby gifts). Check it out and discover the original and the best.

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday from 10am - 6pm, Friday and Saturday 10am -7pm
Craft Gallery

4) Craft Gallery

Locate in Capitola-by-the-Sea on California's Central Coast, the Craft Gallery depicts the crafts and arts of more than 600 craftspeople. This gallery, established in 1969 by Carin Hanna, offers complimentary gift wrapping to their loyal customers all year round, and the owner is always happy to assist you in selecting the most special items for your home. The gallery carries garden art, home decor, wood jewelry boxes, pottery, and you also have the possibility to shop online. Their mission is to create a wonderful shopping experience for all, and if your pets are allowed in your house, they are welcome here too.

Operation hours: Sunday- Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm; Friday, Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm.
Capitola Historical Museum

5) Capitola Historical Museum

Located in Capitola, Santa Cruz, the Capitola Historical Museum is the best for group-friendly activities. This museum features unique art and history exhibits, and has a wide selection of antique artifacts and photographs of Capitola, the oldest town in California, as well as exhibits on topical themes. Capitola Museum basement contains a cottage from the early 20th century and a wash house. If you are looking for something unusual and interesting in Capitola, check out this museum.

Operation hours: Thursday-Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm.
Seventh-Day Adventist Church

6) Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Located in Capitola, California, Seventh-Day Adventist Church has as its goal to accentuate and practice its mission by making education accessible for every individual, and communicating the message of God throughout the world. Adventists are considerated to be a global community and they believe that a Trinity of three persons- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - make up one God. The church is also open to addressing people's emotional and physical needs. It is all made possible by donations from church members and other religious people.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Santa Cruz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Santa Cruz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Santa Cruz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.