It was cloudy and rainy yesterday when Jamie and I left San Jose, but by the time we got to Capitola it was sunny and bright. The town had very kindly arranged for everyone to have free parking until Christmas, and we were lucky enough to find a spot without much trouble.
The beach was full of families with young children, and we saw a very long line of people waiting to see Santa Claus in a Hawaiian shirt. Dozens of people of all ages were surfing, and I noted with surprise that the makers of wetsuits provide them even for preschoolers.
There are many picturesque sites in Capitola, but probably the most famous is a row of beach houses each painted a different colour. There are some very nice restaurants and lots of stores selling art works and sea glass ornaments.
We seem to have picked an unusually busy day to visit, but even so it was a treat. I recommend it.