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California’s Capitola Beach.

I’m in San Francisco last summer. I’m hanging out along the coast. Where to go? Where to go? It shouldn’t have even been a question. It was time to head an hour south on the PCH, the Pacific Coast Highway, to Capitola and the beach. It’s a beach town and place I have spent a lot of time at in my youth.

Parking is usually very hard to come by close to the beach and in town, so when I arrived I parked up-top alongside Cliff Dr. a few blocks away. The beach, village, house and coastline straight ahead.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

The view is definitely worth the extra walk. Up above you can also see people stand up paddle boarding along the shoreline. Looking out you can see Capitola Wharf and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Capitola sits along the bay with the Pacific Ocean not far past. Lot’s of people boating on the open blue waters too.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Almost there beach! Always love seeing the colorful umbrellas.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Arriving in the heart of town you’ll see the sand bar and Soquel Creek as it flows towards the bay. The beach sits opposite.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

You’ll find outdoor food, drink and entertainment options along the creek including Margaritaville, Mr. Toots Coffeehouse, Pizza My Heart, Paradise Beach Grille…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…and Zelda’s on the Beach. Lot’s of people having a good time while soaking in the sun. Antique stores, galleries and ice cream shops dot the streets as well.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

The beach!

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Lots of people were taking advantage of the warm, sunny summer day.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Of course I’m going to gravitate towards a park bench. Low and behold, its facing a scenic panoramic view. While sitting and looking down…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…you can checkout the colorful, hand-painted sea wall tiles, part of a community art project back in 2008. Lots of stories on that wall. 🙂

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Alongside the beach is the aforementioned Capitola Wharf where you’ll find fisherman, views of the beach and surrounding areas and the Wharf House restaurant at the end, which I’ve yet to checkout.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

I captured some close shots of people playing in the water and…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…stand up paddle boarding.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Palm trees and…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…colorful Mediterranean style housing are also part the of the Capitola picture.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

It was great a day at my favorite beach town. I’ll be returning for sure next time I’m around San Francisco. 🙂

For more Capitola, checkout my time that day hanging around the colorful Mediterranean style housing along the shoreline and at Mr. Toots Coffeehouse.

What is your favorite beachtown? Any California beach town recommendations?

The Mediterranean in Capitola Cali.

Every time I’m in Capitola and around the beach, I love staring at the colorful Mediterranean style housing that lines right up against it.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

The houses were built-in the 1920’s and are now all a part of the Capitola Venetian Hotel.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

On this day I decided to get a closer look at the colors of the housing and of all plants and flowers around them. I’ll let the photos tell the story.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

It’s not just me checking out the scenery.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Another favorite spot to check them out from and the surrounding area is from the balcony at Mr. Toots Coffeehouse. I don’t know what it is. The view just makes me think that I’m in a romantic place that’s far, far away. 🙂

Whenever I think of Capitola, one of images I will always have is of those two rows of houses right along the beach. The next step I think is to stay in one of them.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Coffeeing it Up in Beach Town Capitola.

The beach. A hot coffee. A lot of people, including me, would normally think what? There’s one spot I’ve been where I’m glad to combine them, Mr. Toots Coffeehouse in Capitola, California.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Mr. Toots sits right along the beach and Pacific Ocean up-top Margaritaville and is a place I’ve been going to since I was a little boy. They are one of the oldest coffeehouses around Capitola and nearby Santa Cruz, being open since the 1980’s.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Love the different signage they use to showcase their name and brand.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

The hot coffee of choice today, a mocha, made with the local Ghirardelli chocolate yum.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Sit down and relax amongst the local art, books and a piano. It was quiet on this weekday afternoon, but come back and enjoy a caffeinated beverage while musicians are playing. I remember coming here with my parents, grandparents and others in the summer evenings to listen to the local talent.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Normally I take thorough pics of any great coffee, not just the cup, but it didn’t even cross my mind on this day regrettably. 😦 Why you ask? Upon entering my entire focus was to see again the view from their outdoor balcony.

You can take your coffee outside and enjoy the sandbar, beach, ocean, pier…

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

and best of all, the colorful Mediterranean style housing staring right back at you. I sat there in awe with my beverage soaking in a little sun. It was capturing the scenery and atmosphere over the coffee on this visit. 🙂

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Great coffee, times and views from Mr. Toots Coffeehouse in Capitola. Stay tuned for more on the Mediterranean housing, the beach and Capitola itself. 🙂

Check them out on Facebook and also their website. I’ll make sure to capture the coffee next time. 🙂

What beach town coffeehouses and cafés have you come across in your travels that you would recommend? Where’s the most scenic spot you’ve ever seen from a coffeehouse?

My Top Travel Memories.

Travel memories! The flood gates have opened, so many great memories flowing out from when I was a kid up until now. Thinking back about solo travel is great, but a lot of my top travel memories are from trips with family, friends and other loved ones.

I’m sharing the travel memories below as a part of team BLUE in the Lowcostholidays.com blogging competition. It’s a Blogging Relay themed after the Olympics where one blogger posts and passes the baton onto another who posts, etc. Follow the hashtags #BloggerRelay and #teamBLUE on Twitter. There are prizes involved too including an iPad 2, a digital SLR camera and walking boots.

Thank you to Dave and Deb from The Planet D for passing the baton on to me and to team captain Christina of Jandal Road for including me on the team. Well here we go!

My Top Travel Memories

Gold: The South Island of New Zealand Road Trip.

The gold medal or favorite travel memory has to go to New Zealand. No words can describe it. It’s just beautiful all around. I had the chance to really see it up close during one week of road tripping around the South Island. Starting and ending in Christchurch, my brother and I stopped at Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Franz Glacier, Lake Hawea and Wanaka just to name a few. Down below is a shot from our time at Lake Wanaka. If you look closely you can notice a faint rainbow. 🙂

Lake Wanaka - Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

We saw the continuous change of the landscape as we drove going through the countryside, mountains, rainforest and prairie. We stayed in hostels, slept in the car, cooked Ramen type noodles on the side of road with a portable burner, devoured Fergburgers and frites with aioli, downed one V Energy after another, stared out into the Tasman Sea, met people from all over the world and helped to get a hitchhiker from A to B. Lot’s of great memories and experiences that I will remember forever, even more so because I experienced it all with my brother.

Fergburger, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Silver: California Beach towning it in Capitola.

Lot’s of family time growing up in the scenic, coastal California beach town of Capitola off the Pacific Coast Highway in-between San Francisco and Monterey. Every stop there brought the same memories: grabbing ice cream at Souza’s, a slice of pizza at Pizza My Heart, hanging out in Mr. Toot’s Coffeehouse and relaxing at the beach and checking out all the miniature Mediterranean houses. I remember building lot’s of sand castles and digging holes in the beach and all of us having fun playing in the ocean waters.

Pacific Ocean from Capitola Beach in California

Bronze: Winery Hopping in the North Georgia Mountains.

I’ve gone to various wineries several times in North Georgia wine country, but one trip up there sticks out. It was a year ago with my immediate family and my girlfriend. 🙂 The first quality time we really all spent together. We went to my favorite winery, Montaluce Winery & Estates as well as Wolf Mountain Vineyards. They all got a chance to get to know her as well she did them while experiencing great wines, cheeses, breads and scenery. Having great views of the grapes, the end of Appalachia and all the greenery made for a perfect setting and great memories. Photo from the balcony at Wolf Mountain Vineyards.

Wolf Mountain Winery - North Georgia Wine Country

The above are some great travel memories that I will always cherish. It’s time to pass on the baton, the torch if you will, for some more. It’s on to you:

Mark of Migrationology

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Please reach out to team captain Christina of Jandal Road if your interested in joining team BLUE and sharing your favorite travel memories.