Soquel is a small census-designated place in Santa Cruz county, and is just north of Capitola. Soquel Drive runs through Soquel.

Downtown Soquel. Photo by John Pilge, May 2006.


Soquel was founded in 1853. The name "Soquel" might be the native word for village or it might be the name of the village. No one is certain. The locals pronounce "Soquel" as "SO-kell."

The first fuel station in Soquel. Rendered on the wall of the Soquel Post Office Annex. (Photo: 2012 by John Pilge.) Soquel Home. (Daubenbiss Residence.)


The population of Soquel is just over 5,100. ZIP code is 95073.

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Points of Interest


Anna Jean Cummings County Park




Several buses travel through Soquel regularly, usually en route to Watsonville or Santa Cruz.



USGS topograpic map:

Latitude(DEC) Longitude(DEC) Latitude(DMS) Longitude(DMS) Map Name
36.9880057 -121.9566267 365917N 1215724W Soquel

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