This beautiful beach in California is situated on the northern end of Monterey Bay. A very popular beach, it’s located near urban centers, which makes it very convenient for travelers, but this means it can also be very crowded at times, particularly during the summer and when the beach is hosting an event. The east end of the beach is frequented by surfers, while the opposite side is preferred by fishermen.
Attractive amenities at Capitola Beach include a large fishing pier, great surfing spots and plenty of nearby shopping and dining. The Esplanade, a large, spacious area for visitors to walk and enjoy the scenery of both the water and the colorful buildings, while still taking advantage of nearby businesses, is easily one of the most popular attractions the beach offers. Other activities available include beach volleyball and birdwatching. The beach also hosts various events throughout the summer, including live music, movies on the beach, and art shows.
Basic amenities include restrooms, showers and plenty of bench seating. A lifeguard is on duty and metered parking is available on the street. The opening hours are sunrise to sunset. The regulations regarding dogs have changed several times, so follow current beach signage. Other regulations include no alcoholic beverages, smoking, open fires, glass containers, or private volleyball courts.
As always, follow common courtesy when it comes to bringing your dog to the beach, and unless explicitly stated that it’s okay to do so, refrain from allowing them to go off leash. Keep your dog from bothering other beachgoers, as well as the local wildlife and other dogs. Pack a disposable water bowl and an extra water bottle to keep your dog hydrated on the go; plus, consider keeping a doggy first aid kit in your vehicle any time you take your dog to a public space.