Capitola is a picturesque town on the sea. Know it a little more deeply by understanding its art and history.
On this tour you’ll learn why the wharf was left out of the city mural on Capitola City Hall Council Chambers, see historic photos of the No. 18 trolley car in front of the Grand Hotel Capitola, and hear about a late 19th experiments to generate electricity off the Capitola Wharf using ocean swells. This tour has over 32 stops and was developed for the Capitola Art and Cultural Commission by volunteers serving on the Commission. As of 2014, it represented a complete inventory of public art installations in Capitola. A few stops are highlighted below but all the stories can be read by downloading our mobile app, Mobile Ranger Guides.
Visit the colorful Venetian bungalows that have withstood the test of beating storms.
In the late 1800s the Capitola Wharf was the site of a novel wave motor designed to generate electricity. Find out how much electricity it generated.
Utility boxes like these are painted all over town. What is the story behind these gems?