Capitola District Walking Tour (Self Guided), Santa Cruz

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 or 1.2 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Capitola Wharf
  • Venetian Court
  • Capitola Reef
  • Craft Gallery
  • Capitola Historical Museum
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Church
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: Daily: 10 am- 6 pm.
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: Monday-Sunday: 8 am- 12 pm/1 pm- 5 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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