I think that the greatest way to spend our money is to travel. To know new places, to forget about everything else. This June, my sister came to visit for a couple of weeks and we decided to go to one of our favorite places in Northern California: Capitola. If you don't know where that is, it's a beautiful beach near to Santa Cruz.

The first time we went there was last year, when my husband and I started dating. Since at the time my family and I had Mondays off, we would go to little road trips and come back home at night. We actually went to Santa Cruz that time, but we wanted to go somewhere else, and Gavin told about this cute little beach called Capitola. Because it was a Monday, there was hardly any people, so it was a relaxing experience. That's the reason why we decided to go back, this time all together: my siblings, their spouses, my parents, and the cutest baby out there, my nephew Paul.

If you ever go to Capitola, you need to know two things:

1. You won't regret it.

2. It's freaking expensive (like any other touristic place).

I would recommend you to go on a week day if you can, since the beach is basically empty, but in case you go on a weekend as we did, try to get there early (not like us that got there at 5 pm). I promise it's beautiful and totally worth it!

Things to bring if you want to have fun and have an affordable vacation:

1. The hotels, as expected, are expensive in Capitola, so if you want to save some money, try to find a hotel 30 minutes away from the beach.

2. If you do stay at a hotel, share a room with another couple, friends or family. If you're uncomfortable with that idea, remember that's just going to be for a couple of nights. Not a big deal.

3. We didn't bring food actually, but there was a lot of people who did! Most of them just brought stuff to make sandwiches, some sodas, and water.

4. Bring some chairs and an umbrella. You won't be relaxed if you have the sun on your head the whole time.

5. Bring a sweater. Even in the hottest days, it can get a little chilly, especially if you're under an umbrella.

6. Bring games!

Places to eat. Places NOT to eat.

Ok, this depends on your budget and your taste, but I'll tell you about a couple of places that I liked, and a couple of places that I didn't...

1. 85 C Bakery Cafe

Oh my gosh, this place. If you ever come across one of these, you HAVE to try it. It's so good and affordable! I personally don't like American breakfast (what?! I know). I'm not into hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, etc; but I love bread. That's one of the things I miss the most about Peru... the fresh bread in the morning and just some milk. As simple as that. But GOOD bread. This bakery had different types of bread, from sweet to salty ones. Some with blueberries, others with chocolate. Some with tuna, others with hot dogs. It's seriously delicious, and most of the items are 2-5 dollars!

2. Pizza My Heart

This is one of the best pizzas I've ever had! No joke it always has a long line. It's a good option if you're on a budget or just want to have some pizza on the beach. The pizzas are around 20 dollars each, but they're huge!

3. Village Grill and Creamery

If you went to the beach and didn't have Ice Cream, did you really go? We had their Ice Cream just before we came back home, and it was the cherry on the cake. I really like the one that has Caramel+Fudge+Oreo. So good.

4. Thai Basil

We went to this restaurant last year, and honestly, you just have to make sure that you're ordering the right thing. That was the first time I had Thai food, so I had no idea about what to order. The good thing is that if you go at lunch time (12-2pm), they have some specials, which can be convenient, affordable, and yummy. I remember that I didn't like what I got, but my mom's dish was deli!

5. Zelda's on the beach

And we got to the place I wouldn't recommend, although it depends on your fanciness. I think that the burgers were around 18-24 dollars, so it wasn't that bad, but my dish was 32 dollars, and it was good, but not worth its price. It was just a piece of chicken with 5 little potatos. That was it. The only special thing about it was the sauce, which tasted like cheese with something else (I'm so good at describing stuff). I was really hungry that day, so the reason why I bought it was because the waitress told me that it came with a lot of food and that I would probably have to share it with someone else. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 

I hope this post was helpful for you, and that you want to visit Capitola! It's seriously so pretty!

Until next time,