Classic California: Capitola Venetian Hotel • Find Out More If you're looking for a classic California beach holiday, Capitola is out of the usual tourist melee, and offers a mile of sandy beach with a picturesque small town feel. While it may seem off the beaten path, it's only five miles to Santa Cruz and its famous beach boardwalk, and another hour or so through the mountains to San Jose. The beaches of Monterey Bay lie about 40 miles to the south along the coast. The beach at Capitola, California Everything is within walking distance in Capitola, including shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more, all along the waterfront. Surfing is naturally a popular local sport, and beginners will find it a good place to learn. Among the annual events that draw visitors and locals are the Begonia Festival , Art and Wine Festival , and the famous Wharf to Wharf race . Capitola offers the friendliness of a laidback small beach town with a sophisticated and artistic flair.