Capitola is one of the oldest Oceanside resort cities in California, unique among the rest due to the Mediterranean vibe. It also enjoys a reputation as perhaps the oldest vacation spot along the pacific coastline.
Old bistros, quaint little shops and various small business fronts are peppered around the picturesque town, with a winding promenade connecting most of them for easy access on foot, as well as a fulfilling walk around town. This makes Capitola the perfect spot for a weekend getaway filled with seaside cuisine, sun and surf, and long, romantic walks.
Capitola is conveniently located just 6 miles East from Santa Cruz Downtown. The drive itself, from San Francisco to Capitola, is immensely rewarding, which is why it is recommended to hop in the car and take in all the scenic views along he way.
Best Time to Travel: Fall is generally the best time to travel to and stay in Capitola, since the weather is significantly milder and the routes are fog-free.
Drive: San Francisco to Capitola (Recommended)
Travel Time: ~1hr 20 minutes
Distance: 78.2 miles
Estimated Fuel Cost: $10-$15
Train: From San Francisco to Capitola
Travel Time: ~3 hr 6 minutes
Estimated Fare: $18.75 from Caltrain