Introduction to Capitola, California
Capitola, California, in Santa Cruz county, is 4 miles E of Santa Cruz, California (center to center) and 25 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is included in the Santa Cruz - Watsonville metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 10,033 people lived in Capitola.
Capitola, one of the oldest beach resorts on the West Coast, was founded as 'Camp Capitola' in the year 1874 by Samuel A. Hall. The name 'Capitola' was inspired by the heroine of 'The Hidden Hand', a novel by the very popular E.D.E.N. Southworth. The area was originally inhabited by Soquel Indians over thousands of years ago. However, the thriving Indian culture was totally wiped out as a result of the devastation caused by several floods. In the year 1949, Capitola became the third city to be established in Santa Cruz County.
Capitola and nearby Attractions
- Capitola Historical Museum
- Capitola Begonia Festival
- Hooper Beach
- Capitola City Hall
- Grace Community Church of Capitola
- Old Riverview Historic District
Things To Do In Capitola
Capitola has a rich and varied history that is reflected in the city's museums and halls. The city boasts of being the oldest and one of the most popular beach resorts in California. It has amazing weather all the year round and the beaches offer a huge range of recreational possibilities including fishing, boating, and all kinds of beach and water games. Capitola is surrounded on one side by mountains of redwood forests. Several famous festivals are hosted in the city like the Begonia Festival and the Art & Wine Festival, which provide excellent weekend entertainment for visitors. One can also take a tour of the churches and go for picnics at any of the numerous parks that dot city.
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is the local airport.
Capitola Higher Education
The city is served by the University Of California-Santa Cruz.