Capitola by the Sea, Calif.-One of California's great piers, Capitola Wharf, is not the biggest, the shiniest, oldest or newest. It is a comfortable wooden structure that provides hours of entertainment such as free fishing, dining with ocean views in a cute cafe, kayak rentals, and just shooting the breeze with friends and family.
The next time you visit Santa Cruz and head for the Boardwalk or Beach Train from Felton, add some time to visit charming Capitola and its quaint pier. It feels slightly old-fashioned, and provides views that are awe-inspiring. In the spring you may even see the migrating whales pass by!