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If you’re looking for a little fun in the sun, a splash of color in your day, then head to the sunny shores of Capitola, California. On the pristine Soquel Cove of Monterey Bay, just south of the ever-exciting city of Santa Cruz, Capitola is the perfect paradise. Originally a little wharf and shipping town, the area quickly grew in popularity. In fact, Capitola is revered as being one of the oldest beach resorts on the American West Coast. With this prestigious heritage, Capitola has continued to grow into the fun-loving city that it is today. Visitors to the area can delight in beaches galore but also easily access some of California’s beautiful forests, making Capitola an ideal place to rent an RV.

The infrastructure of Capitola allows visitors to easily explore the city by foot or bike. However, if that doesn’t float your boat, then you can hop onto one of the Santa Cruz Metro buses that travel around the city. With a few routes that go through Capitola, you can get to many of the major points in town, such as the mall and the beach.

When you book an RV in Capitola, you’ll have your choice of enjoying relaxing days on the beach or exploring the stunning wilderness of central California. There is so much more to California than meets the eye and what better way to fully grasp that then with an RV rental in Capitola?

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The Great Outdoors

Just to the east of Capitola near Aptos, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is made up of more than 10,000 acres of quiet forests and rugged topography. Visitors can marvel in the power of nature as they walk through this recovering forest that was once exploited for the logging industry. Today, Nisene Marks thrives and welcomes visitors with 30 miles of trails and challenges visitors with mountain climbs of up to 2,600 feet.

Just on the eastern side of Santa Cruz is Wilder Ranch State Park. Situated along the coast, Wilder Ranch is a near perfectly preserved dairy ranch from the late 1800s. You can learn about the late 1800s in agricultural California as you spend time in the various farmhouses and barns. Once you’ve fully appreciated your jump back in time, you can head to the cliff side trails or through the small redwood forest.

Drive your Capitola RV rental about 10 miles northwest of town to the breathtaking Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park near Felton. Nestled away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is home to a 40-acre grove of old-growth redwoods. Some of these magnificent trees tower more than 250 feet and are more than 1,500 years old. You can truly begin to understand the power of the natural world around us as you walk through these impressive redwoods. If you’re still feeling a little mystified, you can spend some time at the nearby Bigfoot Discovery Museum.

RV Parks

After your days of hiking through forests and up mountainsides, you’re going to need to find a place to park your motorhome rental near Capitola. Luckily, there are several places in and around Capitola that could be the perfect spot for you and your RV.

If you want to fully embrace that California/West Coast vibe, then consider New Brighton State Beach. With RV hookups, on-site grills, bathroom blocks, shower blocks, and a leisurely trail to the beach, this place is probably worth a visit.

If you don’t want to be on the beach, but still want to be near the water, try the Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park. Here, you can enjoy downtown Capitola and Santa Cruz, all within easy reach. Not only that, but you’ll have access to full hookups for the Capitola camper rental.

Explore the City

Once you’ve finished exploring the mystical worlds of the redwood forests and the seaside cliffs of the Pacific, spend some time getting to know the town. Take your Capitola rental RV back to the city and take to the streets to learn all you can about this ever-popular, pedestrian-friendly, seaside resort town.

If you’re just looking for a relaxing day, spend some time at Capitola Beach. You can watch the waves crash on the sand or even try your hand at surfing and fully embrace the California lifestyle. Maybe you’ll be lucky and see some seals playing in the water.

If you want to learn more about this neat little corner of the country, then spend part of the day at the aptly colorful Capitola Historical Museum. Here you can learn about the history of one of California’s oldest seaside resorts.

If you’re still looking for a little more sunshine, then head to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. You can head to the amusement park, play some miniature golf, and indulge in some quintessential carnival food.

After all of your exploring, you’re going to need to refuel. When in California, make sure to try some freshly caught seafood or even some fabulous fish tacos.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach Ride, CASanta Cruz, CA
  • New Brighton Beach Trail, CANew Brighton State Beach, CA
  • Sunset Trail, CANew Brighton State Beach, CA
  • Oak Trail, CANew Brighton State Beach, CA
  • The Hook, CASanta Cruz, CA
  • Moran Lake Trail, CASanta Cruz, CA
  • Pleasure Point, CASanta Cruz, CA
  • Perimeter Road Trail, CANew Brighton State Beach, CA
  • Vienna Woods Trail, CAThe Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, CA
  • The Buddha Loop Trail, CAThe Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, CA

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