The Outdoor World

About Us

Outdoor World has been a family owned and operated camping, fishing, hunting, and sporting goods retail business for over fifty years in the Monterey Bay area of California. (Bass Pro Shops is not affiliated with us. We have been Outdoor World since 1978, they didn’t become Bass Pro Outdoor World until 1999.)

You can call our Internet Store toll-free at 888-344-9500or you can e-mail us at info at, or fax us at 831-476-8597. (Our Internet Customer Service department is closed weekends and holidays.)

You can even snail-mail us at:

eCommerce Store

Outdoor World Sporting Goods eCommerce
1855 41st Avenue, #G7, Capitola, CA 95060-2749
Phone: 831-476-0233 Fax: 831-476-8597

(We have moved our eCommerce store to Capitola) link to Google Map


Some of the brands we carry:

  • Air Guns, Airsoft Guns
  • Backpacking
  • Batteries
  • Beach & Swim
  • Bicycle Accessories
  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
  • Camping, Stoves, Lanterns
  • Car Racks
  • Clothing, Hats, Thermals, Sportswear
  • Daypacks, Water Bottles
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Fishing, Bait, Smokers
  • Games & Sports
  • Hunting, Archery, Camouflage, Gun Safes
  • Marine Inflatables
  • Shoes, Boots, Sandals
  • Sleeping Bags, Pads, Air Beds
  • Sunglasses & Watches
  • Tents & Canopies

Outdoor World Logo

  • Coleman
  • Carhartt
  • Merrell
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Ugg
  • Shakespeare
  • World Famous
  • Wigwam
  • Hydro Flask
  • Stansport
  • Texsport
  • Levis
  • Keen
  • Speedo
  • Red Ledge
  • Coghlans
  • Ben Davis
  • Vasque
  • P-Line
  • Berkley Fishing
  • Under Armour
  • GSI Outdoors
  • Yakima
  • Eureka
  • Danielson
  • Camelbak
  • Timberland
  • Penn
  • Kelty
  • Petzl
  • Crosman
  • Hanes
  • Jansport
  • Olukai
  • Teva
  • Irish Setter
  • Fox River
  • Daiwa
  • Smartwool
  • Power Pro
  • Hayward Fishing
  • Outdoor Products
  • Wolverine
  • Mountain House
  • Shimano
  • Bucci
  • Gamakatsu
  • Thermarest
  • Allen Co
  • Indera Mills
  • Carhartt
  • Hodgman
  • Hi-Tec
  • Reef
  • Crocs
  • Dickies
  • Russell Athletic
  • Terramar
  • Benchmade
  • Rapala
GoodTimes Santa Cruz Best of 2018

We were chosen Best Outdoor Store in Santa Cruz County, 2019, by the readers of GoodTimes.

We were chosen Best Outdoor Store in Santa Cruz County, 2018, by the readers of GoodTimes.

We were chosen Best Outdoor Store in Santa Cruz County, 2017, by the readers of GoodTimes.

We were chosen Best Outdoor Store in Santa Cruz County, 2016, by the readers of GoodTimes.

We were chosen Best Outdoor Store in Santa Cruz County, 2015, by the readers of GoodTimes.

We do not offer a printed mail-order catalog at this time.

We are proud members of:


Bob Thomas and his wife, Liz, spent their vacations in the 1960’s taking their three boys fishing, hunting and camping in the National Parks and Forests across the western U.S. In 1969, using some personal savings, he put his brother in a partnership business, Peninsula Surplus. Located on Pacific Ave. in the downtown area of Santa Cruz, CA, Peninsula Surplus focused on military surplus items that were useful to the outdoor enthusiast of the day.

During the mid 1970’s, Bob’s brother left the partnership to pursue other interests and Bob’s two young adult children joined the business. In 1978, a name change to Outdoor World, a business structure change to a privately held California Corporation and the Pacific Ave. location was moved to a larger River St. location. With the strong U.S. economy of the 1980’s, the third adult child, daughter-in-laws, nieces and nephews join the business to help with expansion and additional store locations to satisfy a growing consumer movement enjoying outdoor activities.

To maintain a focused vision for the future, a change was made from each location working mostly independent to a corporate centered structure. In 1990, a corporate office and warehouse/distribution center was opened in a mid-Santa Cruz county location. To facilitate this new structure efficiently a Point-of-Sale/Inventory Control computer system is installed and the internet web store launches a few years later in 1998. In 2008, with a few less family members involved than earlier years, Bob, now at age 74, retires from the day-to-day work of a multi-location family owned sporting goods store.

Our family has been supplying sporting goods to Santa Cruz for over 50 years. However, COVID has caused much hardship on retail the past 18 months. Along with other factors of trying to maintain a successful business in Santa Cruz, California.
Outdoor World will be closing down, going out of business.
I want to thank every employee for the years of dedication to our customers.

Chris Thomas