Row of colorful houses in Capitola Village, Capitola


With its iconic, colorful buildings lining the waterfront, Capitola is well-known to be a charming beach town, and is located just east of the city of Santa Cruz. It has a population of about 10,000 people (as of 2022) and is part of the Santa Cruz-Watsonville statistical area.

Though small in size and primarily considered a tourist stop for Santa Cruz visitors, this beautiful community has a lot to offer its residents. Homes for sale in Capitola are located near a variety of attractions and amenities, not limited to the beach and fine dining restaurants. Discover some of the highlights of Capitola, California below.

The Capitola Wharf & Capitola State Beach

Perhaps the most recognizable landmark of the area, Capitola State Beach is…

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park sign. Photo by Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash


The city of Santa Cruz is recognized for its gorgeous location and rich history, and as soon as nicer weather hits, the Santa Cruz Wharf and Cowell Beach start to see visitors. One of the most popular things to do in the city is visit the amusement park down by the water.

This year, the Giant Dipper, a Santa Cruz landmark, celebrates its one hundredth anniversary, which means special events and discounted tickets. There's also a fireworks show on May 18th. For those who may not live in the area—or for those who have never been!—this is our guide to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park.

About The Park

First opened in 1907, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park is the oldest amusement park in the entire state. For…

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Kites at Waddell Beach in Davenport, California


It might not be summer just yet, but warmer weather is just around the corner, and that means fun at the beach!

Though not as popular as traditional surfing—a sport that Santa Cruz is proudly world-famous for—windsurfing and kitesurfing are alternative sports enjoyed by many across the county. But before you get your gear together and set out onto the water, there are a few things to be aware of and consider. 

Both windsurfing and kitesurfing have seen some dips in popularity over the years, as many choose to start with traditional surfing or other water activities. Additionally, Santa Cruz’s conditions are not always beginner-friendly—another reason why people might be reluctant to try, or take their board up north to gentler waters.…

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Man hitting a golf ball on a golf course. Photo by Peter Drew on Unsplash


Located off of Graham Hill Road, in the beautiful hills north of Santa Cruz, Pasatiempo is a desirable luxury community with a lot to offer. 

Primarily known for its highly-rated golf course, Pasatiempo (Spanish: “Pastime") is classified as a census-designated place with a population of around 1,300 people—a number which has remained quite steady in the past decade. For those seeking a peaceful alternative to the upbeat city of Santa Cruz, Pasatiemo offers that luxury and more.

Private Lifestyle

Three miles north of the Santa Cruz downtown (about a 10-minute drive, traffic depending) is the private community of Pasatiempo. Offering unrivaled privacy, most of the homes in this area are found behind a gated entrance with surveillance.…

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Silhouettes of people walking along Santa Cruz beach during sunset. Photo by Chris Leipelt on Unsplash

You’ve heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” For Santa Cruz residents, however, the rain might just be getting to be a bit too much. Despite the weather recently, it’s always a great idea to get out and explore what the city has to offer.

This month, there are a multitude of outdoor—and indoor, for those really rainy days!—events being hosted in the downtown area, for a range of different interests. From cycling through the city to story time for kids, there’s so much happening this April in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Earth Day

April 22nd is officially Earth Day, an event that seeks to generate awareness regarding climate change, sustainability, energy, and more, usually culminating in an hour-long blackout. As this falls on a…

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Exterior of the Landmark's Del Mar Theater and marquee in Santa Cruz, CA

Located at 1124 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, Landmark’s Del Mar Theatre offers a historic movie-going experience. Its marquee, instantly-recognizable, lights up with both local films and international blockbusters, making it a diverse experience tailored to both casual movie watchers and die-hard cinephiles. Or, Die Hard cinephiles.

Landmark’s Del Mar Theatre: A History

Landmark’s Del Mar Theatre resides in a beautiful Art Deco style building, which was first constructed in 1936, and has been a, well, landmark of the Santa Cruz downtown for just as long. Though the building has changed and gone through maintenance and renovations, it has retained many of its original features. Its last major renovation was completed in 2002. 

The theater…

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Lily of the valley flowers falling over open book with heart made out of pages

From hiking along the first trails to chatting over a cup of coffee, there are a multitude of romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Santa Cruz—but sometimes the best company is that of a really great book! 

Searching for your next favorite read? Here are some of our top picks for novels set in California, spanning a range of genres as diverse as the state itself.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Science Fiction (Dystopian)

Originally published in the early 90s, Parable of the Sower takes place in the year 2024, and follows the main character, Lauren. After a series of events in her small, protected community, Lauren treks across the northern Californian wilderness to find safety, and in the process founding her own…

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Welcome sign in rock at Big Basin Redwoods State Park


20 minutes north of the community of Boulder Creek lies Big Basin Redwoods State Park: a gem of Santa Cruz County. This gorgeous park is a favorite of nearby residents and out-of-county visitors for its intricate trail network that weaves through its expansive, old-growth forest.

Discover why a day trip to Big Basin Redwoods State Park makes for the perfect excursion for passionate hikers and nature-lovers living in Santa Cruz.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park: An Overview

21600 Big Basin Highway, Boulder Creek

Situated within the mountains, Big Basin Redwoods State Park first opened in 1902, making it the oldest state park in California. Open daily, the park spans about 18,000 acres in size, emerging as a popular attraction for…

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Surfers on boards in the Santa Cruz ocean. Photo by Emily Hoehenrieder on Unsplash

Santa Cruz, California didn’t get its nickname, “The Surf City”, for no reason. Originally incorporated in the year 1866, the area has a long and rich history dating back thousands of years. Part of that history, of course, includes the sport of surfing—now a popular pastime for both locals and tourists alike. 


Santa Cruz has cultivated its surf culture for over a hundred years, starting out, perhaps, in a surprising way. Discover how Santa Cruz became The Surf City below.

Santa Cruz: A History, In Brief

Located on the north end of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz is a beautiful city recognized for its vibrant culture and luxury (sometimes oceanfront) properties. 


With a population of around 63,000, the Santa Cruz area was originally…

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Colorful gifts wrapped in boxes, aerial view on gray background

As December rolls around—and with it some cooler weather!—the festive season is just beginning. While some of us have already done our holiday shopping, most of us are just getting started. 

The Santa Cruz downtown area is recognized for its local shops and boutiques, although a lot of beloved locations have unfortunately closed down permanently post-pandemic. Regardless, for those searching for local gifts this holiday season, Santa Cruz always has you covered. The following businesses have both brick and mortar stores, as well as websites to purchase your holiday gifts online.

Botanic + Luxe 

110 Cooper Street, Suite 100F, Santa Cruz

Botanic and Luxe (stylized as Botanic + Luxe) is a small homegoods and gift shop. The store is…

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