Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Capitola, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $175 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Capitola. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Top rated rentals — Capitola
Destination guide

A classic getaway on Monterey Bay

Perched on the wide, sapphire-blue expanse of Monterey Bay, Capitola is one of the oldest beach resorts on the West Coast. Pastel-hued homes help give this community the vibe of a Mediterranean village, and wandering its streets will yield all kinds of tucked-away treasures, from dazzling street art to cozy cafés and restaurants garlanded with wildflower-filled gardens. The calendar here is filled with events, from the Capitola Art and Wine Festival to custom car shows, while Capitola City Beach makes a fine place to relax in no matter what time of year you’re here.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in and around Capitola

Do you want to find attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Capitola a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Seascape Golf Club (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Pasatiempo Golf Course (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Roaring Camp Railroads (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
  • Mount Madonna Center (12.1 mi / 19.5 km)
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (15.5 mi / 25 km)

Hitting the beach in Capitola

Being on the bay, there are some unmissable coastal hotspots close to the Capitola vacation rentals. One of them is New Brighton State Beach, which overlooks northern Monterey Bay and is the perfect place to go for a dip in the water, have a picnic or simply sit and watch the idyllic waters. You might even be enticed enough to rent a kayak and see if you can spot some frolicking dolphins and sea otters. Back on dry land, be sure to take a nice, relaxing amble through Capitola to discover the many murals and mosaics, which add a dash of kaleidoscopic color when you least expect it.


Year-round adventures in Capitola

As you might expect from somewhere poised on Monterey Bay, the most popular time to book a Capitola vacation rental is summer. The months from June to August are perfect for lazing on the beaches or getting stuck into wet and wild adventures in the bay itself, so slather on the sunscreen and enjoy yourself. That said, many locals will also recommend the fall season, when the crowds are less intense and you can still enjoy the fine sunshine. Come the cooler months, you can take advantage of better rates and hop on a boat tour to spot Gray whales migrating through the winter waters.

Natural features

Beach-side greenery in Capitola

Capitola is a place of vivid colors, whether you’re looking out at the deep blue of Monterey Bay, the playful pinks and yellows of the village condos, or the lush green of surrounding vegetation, ranging from oak and eucalyptus trees to Monterey cypresses. Forested areas hug the curving coastline, providing cool respite from the sun-soaked beaches, while you can get a closer look at dolphins and whales by stepping out onto Capitola Wharf. This wooden pier a refreshingly no-frills affair – ideal for strolling and gazing out at the bay, or indulging in a spot of fishing.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Capitola

The nearest airport is in Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC), located 27.3 mi (43.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), which is 9.6 mi (15.4 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Capitola?

Whether you're searching for a cozy retreat for you and your sweetie or a sprawling house to fit friends and family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Capitola. Here are a couple to get you thinking:

  • Around 2 miles from the center of Capitola, you'll find it hard to resist "Beach Lovers Retreat". It has 2 bedrooms and a host of amenities including cable/satellite TV services and a fenced yard.
  • Alternatively, make yourself comfortable at "Fantastic Views, Beach Front Condo". Around 1 mile from the heart of Capitola, it has 2 bedrooms and features a stovetop and free toiletries.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Capitola vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Capitola?

We all deserve some "me time" every so often. If you're longing for a couple of long mornings lounging around in bed with a cappuccino and a good book, we've got some terrific weekend getaways in and around Capitola. These are some of our favorites:

  • Make yourself at home at "Beachfront Condo With Amazing Views". Located around 10 miles to the southeast of Capitola, this retreat has all you need for a relaxed stay, including a living room and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom" is another top-rated option to consider. It's located around 6 miles to the southeast of Capitola and features a smart TV, a theme park and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Capitola?

Studio apartments are a simple yet stylish pick, perfectly suited for traveling couples or solo stays. Spend your days getting acquainted with the area and your nights kicking back in your comfy hideaway. These getaways in or near Capitola are sure to please:

  • After a day filled with outdoor exploration, relax in total comfort at "Shangrila Pajaro Dunes Ocean Front Condo Between Santa Cruz And Monterey". A nearby laundromat and nearby whale-watching activities are among the handy amenities you'll find here.
  • Another great rental is "Ocean Front Condo With Wonderful 180 Degree View From Santa Cruz To Monterey". Don't let its modest size fool you — this comfy apartment is filled with convenient amenities like free WiFi, an iron and ironing board and lots more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Capitola?

Whether you're after a cabin for you and a few friends or a guesthouse big enough for the whole family, there's no shortage of short-term rentals in and around Capitola. These properties make a comfortable base for a whirlwind visit:

  • Close to the center of Capitola, "Charming And Private Santa Cruz Cottage 3 Blocks From The Beach" rolls out the welcome mat for short-term guests. When you're not enjoying your comfortable digs, get out and explore all the fun stuff around you.
  • Another excellent option is "Delightfully Remodeled Beach Cottage With Ocean Views". Gather your squad and enjoy a relaxing stay close to the heart of Capitola.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Capitola?

Whether spent in a cabin, an apartment or a lodge, a romantic weekend getaway is a wonderful way to add some zing to your relationship. Whisk your sweetie away for a couple of leisurely days at one of these popular escapes in or near Capitola:

  • Put on some love songs and slow dance the nights away at "Beach Lovers Retreat". Around 2 miles from Capitola, this property has all you need for a romantic weekend getaway, including a fireplace and a dining table.
  • "Fantastic Views, Beach Front Condo" is another option that'll impress. It's around 1 mile from Capitola and comes with a balcony and a dining table.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Capitola?

Share your stay and multiply the fun. Whether you're organizing an adventurous escape with friends for a family get-together, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and around Capitola:

  • You'll have enough space to move around at "Sweeping Ocean Views. . . Steps From Sandy Beaches". Around 2 miles southwest of Capitola, this sizable retreat has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. Quality amenities include a kitchen and a beach view.
  • "Villa De Las Palmas - Walking Distance To Santa Cruz's Best" is another option that'll fit the whole gang. It's around 4 miles to the west of Capitola, has 6 bedrooms and sleeps as many as 14 guests. A kitchen and a fireplace are just a couple of things designed to make your stay even more comfortable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Capitola?

Nothing says fun like a pool does. Blow up your unicorn floatie and browse these rental houses in or near Capitola that come with this vacation must-have:

  • Make yourself comfortable at "At The Beach Insanely Great Beach House", where your top priority will be enjoying the pool. Amenities such as a toaster and nearby whale-watching activities help make this escape a favorite with guests.
  • "Cool Off And Relax @ 26th Ave Beach House" is the type of place you go to escape from it all and appreciate your surroundings, starting with its inviting pool. Cable/satellite TV services and a theme park are also on hand to make your visit as comfy as possible.

Not sure what the weather's like in Capitola? It has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 55 ºF to 75 ºF. If you're seeking a little more inspiration on where to stay in this exciting destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to look through our entire range of Capitola vacation rentals.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Capitola?

You'll always have more fun sharing those precious memories with the folks you love the most. Whether you're organizing a family get-together or reuniting with close friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental that's right for you. Here are two of our best in and around Capitola:

  • About 6 miles to the southeast of Capitola, "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom" has 4 bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 guests. It comes with a range of amenities, including a theme park and a balcony.
  • Another top option is "Want To Get Away But Not Ready To Get On A Plane". This vacation rental is 2 miles west of Capitola and comes with beach sun loungers, nearby birdwatching activities and more. With 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 8 people, you won't have to leave anyone off your invitation list.

When it's time to explore, there are loads of family-friendly attractions in the area to keep everyone entertained. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Pacific Avenue should be on your list.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Capitola?

Take a break with your kids in a family cabin rental in or near Capitola and make some amazing memories together. Check out these options:

  • "Cabin - Modern - Rustic Mountain Getaway With Cozy Features" - Located around 11 miles northwest of the center of Capitola, this family-friendly retreat comes with a fridge and childrens activities.
  • "Bear Creek Cabin 100% Secluded Disinfected Refuge" - Another terrific option, this rental comes with coffee and tea making facilities, a kitchen and more. You'll find it around 16 miles to the northwest of Capitola.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Capitola vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Capitola?

Romantic retreats, work trips or solo adventures — a single-bedroom vacation rental is a perfect solution for all sorts of occasions. One of these options in or near Capitola is sure to be just right:

  • Take a look at "Dream Of Country House", a great centrally located one-bedroom vacation property. A garden and a fireplace are just a few of the inclusions here.
  • "Romantic Cottage At Seabright Beach" is another stylish one-bedroom escape also a stone's throw from the center. When you're not out and about seeing your surroundings, enjoy an ocean view and a beach view.