From the issue Bite-Sized Fun
When you think of a classic, small surfer town, Capitola marks the spot. Easter egg-colored cottages, beach-front eateries, and guys in hoodies strumming guitars are all part of what make this vintage beachtown so California. The best way to experience Capitola? Take part in the town's pastime and ride the waves, brah! South of the pier, there's a beginner- and longboard-friendly break. Rent a board and wetsuit on 41st Ave. from hometown legend O'Neill Surf Shop. Then splash around in the surf. Afterward, warm body and soul at the Paradise Beach Grille, which dishes out some of the best food in town, along with live music on weekend afternoons. Try their signature Beach Blanket Breadalon, an oozing sourdough and cheese extravaganza that will fill your tank.
O'Neill Surf Shop; 1115 41st Ave., Capitola; 831-475-4151. Soft-top surfboards rent for $20 and wetsuits are $10; both for 24 hours (open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends). Capitola is best surfed at mid-tide. Call O'Neill for a surf report. It's a 5-minute drive to downtown Capitola from O'Neill. Paradise Beach Grille, 215 Esplande, Capitola; 831-476-4900.