Coastal Serenity Meets Small-Town Charm.

Welcome to Soquel

Coastal Serenity Meets Small-Town Charm.

Located between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Soquel offers a serene retreat with easy access to natural beauty and urban amenities. Known for its small-town charm and vibrant community spirit, Soquel provides a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike. With a mix of historic architecture, lush green spaces, and a mild coastal climate, Soquel embodies the quintessential California lifestyle.

What to Love

  • Coastal proximity: Enjoy the tranquility of coastal living with beaches just a short drive away.
  • Community vibe: Experience a tight-knit community where neighbors become friends and local events foster a sense of belonging.
  • Scenic beauty: Explore the picturesque landscape with rolling hills, redwood forests, and panoramic vistas.
  • Convenience: Benefit from easy access to nearby Santa Cruz and its shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
  • Outdoor recreation: Embrace an active lifestyle by hiking, biking, surfing, and more, available in the surrounding area.

Local Lifestyle

Soquel exudes a chill vibe that invites residents to slow down and savor life's simple pleasures. With its blend of rural tranquility and coastal allure, Soquel appeals to those seeking a peaceful retreat without sacrificing access to modern conveniences. Whether strolling through charming neighborhoods or enjoying outdoor adventures, Soquel offers a relaxed ambiance that fosters a strong sense of community and connection.

Dining and Shopping

Main Street in Soquel serves as the heart of the community, boasting a variety of dining and shopping options to suit every taste and preference. From quaint cafes serving artisanal coffee to cozy bistros offering farm-to-table fare, there's no shortage of culinary delights. Local favorites include acclaimed restaurants like Michael's Tap Room and Carpo's Restaurant, where diners can indulge in gourmet cuisine and exceptional wine pairings.
There’s no doubt Soquel residents love their beverages. Ugly Mug CoffeeHouse is a local coffee shop and live music venue. With the rise in craft beer popularity, family-owned Discretion Brewing is an on-trend watering hole in Soquel. Bargetto Winery is a landmark winery in Soquel known for its history and selection of wines, which could drive a significant amount of search interest.
Additionally, boutique shops and art galleries line the streets, providing ample opportunities for shopping and exploration. For example, Home/Work Gift Shop is a boutique offering various home goods and gifts, which may attract those looking for unique interior design items or local crafts.

Entertainment & Things to Do

In Soquel, visitors can immerse themselves in a delightful blend of outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and small-town charm. Explore the lush landscapes and rolling vineyards of Vinocruz Wine Bar + Kitchen, Wargin Wines, Soquel Vineyards, and Everett Family Farm, where tastings of locally crafted wines offer a sensory journey through the region's terroir.

Outdoor enthusiasts can embark on scenic hikes through the towering redwoods of Nisene Marks State Park or enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst the tranquil beauty of Anna Jean Cummings County Park. For those with a penchant for history and nostalgia, Soquel's antique stores beckon with a treasure trove of vintage finds and timeless treasures, offering a glimpse into the area's rich heritage.
You can explore Soquel Village, a historic downtown area with antique shops, boutiques, and eateries. Soquel is near several parks and forests with trails suitable for hiking or mountain biking. The Land of Medicine Buddha has serene hiking trails and a peaceful environment. Once you move to Soquel, check out the local parks and community events, including the Soquel Village Sip & Stroll, which highlights local wines.

Overview for Soquel, CA

10,806 people live in Soquel, where the median age is 41.6 and the average individual income is $55,908. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41.6 years

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Around Soquel, CA

There's plenty to do around Soquel, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Shockwave, Friends of the Capitola Library Bookstore, and Mmē..

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.4 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.82 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.86 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.7 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.64 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.16 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Soquel, CA

Soquel has 4,120 households, with an average household size of 2.61. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Soquel do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,806 people call Soquel home. The population density is 2,350.83 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.73 / 50.27%

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Schools in Soquel, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Soquel. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
Soquel Elementary
K - 5th
Main Street Elementary
K - 5th
Santa Cruz Montessori School
PreK - 9th
No rating available

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