A quiet town along the northern coast of Monterey Bay.

Welcome to Soquel

A quiet town along the northern coast of Monterey Bay.
Within the embrace of Santa Cruz County lies the exquisite and historic town of Soquel. The city stands as a veritable gem of coastal elegance, as an enchanting tableau where the Santa Cruz Mountains converge with the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. Soquel is a bastion of refined community living, a sanctuary of sophistication far removed from the bustling embrace of its metropolitan neighbors. The historic heart of the town is an architectural reverie, a tapestry woven with boutique shops, galleries, and bespoke establishments showcasing the town's hundreds of years of history.
A legacy of agrarian heritage imbues the very essence of Soquel, as traces of its agricultural past lend an ethereal charm to its present. The symphony of nature surrounding Soquel paints a portrait of outdoor luxury, beckoning residents to explore nearby treasures such as the Soquel Demonstration State Forest and Nisene Marks State Park emerald haven.

What to Love

  • Nearby Santa Cruz Mountains, perfect for hiking and biking.
  • Home to the famous Demonstration Forest for mountain bikers.
  • Gorgeous views of Soquel Creek.
  • Strong community and presence of local businesses.

Local Lifestyle

A small town at heart, Soquel emanates an air of understated luxury and refined tranquility, with an ambiance of harmonious symphony of coastal elegance and rustic charm. The town of Soquel presents a respite from the hurried world, all while remaining within arm's reach of metropolitan sophistication. Residents of Soquel have an array of architectural styles to choose from regarding real estate, from majestic estates echoing a bygone era to contemporary abodes showcasing architectural innovation. Overall, Soquel maintains the ideal balance between seclusion and accessibility, creating an enchanting enclave where luxury and leisure intermingle.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

If you are looking for a place to eat or to do some shopping, Soquel Drive is the heart of the town and is well-known for its many antique dealers, including Wisteria Antiques & Design. The antique shop is perfect for anyone interested in decorating their home with beautiful vintage pieces or even taking a stroll through their peaceful outdoor garden.
When it is time to eat, there are a range of eateries to try. Wine enthusiasts will love eating at Bargetto Winery or heading up into the mountains to visit the various wineries there, such as Raffaelli Vineyards, for a weekend afternoon full of wine tasting. On date nights, when looking for more traditional fine dining, the elegant Pino Alto Restaurant is a fantastic option and is staffed by the students of Cabrillo College’s culinary program. Another great restaurant is Bangkok West, a Thai restaurant with delicious curry, stir-fry, and eclectic and ornate decor.

Things to Do

Residents who love venturing into the outdoors will find lots of opportunities to do so in Soquel. For a fun day at the park, visit the 95 acres of Anna Jean Cummings County Park, which includes a playground, sports fields, and good spots to hold a barbecue. If someone is looking for a place to hike, The Waterfall Spot is a great dog-friendly choice. Artists of all ages wanting to create nature-inspired art need to spend time at the Cherryvale Art Farm to express their inner artist and enjoy fresh farm-to-table meals.
Soquel is next to the coastal city of Capitola, making it easy to visit different beach areas, including New Brighton State Beach and Capitola Beach, with rows of bright, rainbow-colored houses.


The Soquel Union Elementary School District and the Santa Cruz City Schools Administration serve the town of Soquel, along with other private school options:

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