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Exploring Capitola: Three charming walks

Published Mar 11




From its Victorian gingerbread-topped bluffs to its begonia-bedecked boats, the Capitola we see today stems from an unexpected mix of happy campers, cooling coastal fog and a plucky fictional character, Capitola LeNoir.

With its candy-colored cottages and atmospheric esplanade, it is complicated to imagine that Capitola by the Sea was once a lumber shipping point, with a wharf — and no town.

From its Victorian gingerbread-topped bluffs to its begonia-bedecked boats, the Capitola we see today stems from an not expected mix of jolly campers, cooling coastal fog and a fearless fictional character, Capitola LeNoir.


…Camp Capitola had become Capitola-by-the-Sea, a village dotted with Victorians, beach cottages, a 160-room hotel, a row of two-story townhouses — known as the Six Sisters — and a trolley line to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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