CAPITOLA, Calif. (KION-TV)-- With record-breaking heat on the Central Coast people are taking the opportunity to bask in the warmth.
All this warm weather has brought people out to beaches on the Central Coast, including Capitola beach.
People came out with their coolers, umbrellas and even sweet treats like ice cream.
Cars packed the parking lot, surfers brought out their boards and families pitched up their tents.
Laura Ludovico and Austin Kiocho came down to Capitola from the East Bay to escape the heat.
“I've already explored most of the Bay Area already,” said Ludovico. “I thought why not visit the coast, visit the ocean and see what's here.”
Ludovico is a sophomore at San Francisco State University. This week started her spring break. For her, this year finally feels like a normal vacation.
“Last year I was kind of just stuck at home and the year before that, that was when Covid just hit,” said Ludovico. “I feel like now I have a true college spring break experience and it's pretty fulfilling to experience that.”
Meanwhile, not too far from the beach is the Polar Bear Ice Cream shop. The shop said with families on vacation and college on break, it expects business to pick up. Especially into the weekend.
“There's always sand coating the floor, people coming in with their bathing suits,” said Anika McPherson, who works at the shop. “The beach is definitely a huge draw for people.”
If your plans do take you to the beach, remember to bring an umbrella and stay in the shade.
Don't forget to also reapply sunscreen every two hours or when you get out of the water.