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Santa Cruz Wharf

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This is an amazing place to visit for great food and a beautiful view of Santa Cruz. Lots of... read more

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Pell City, Alabama, USA
Nice stroll

We enjoyed walking out to the end of the pier. One side has several shops and restaurants. It was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stayton, Oregon
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s fun, the restaurants aren’t that great for how pricey they are. Capitola is just as good. And the restaurants there are great.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Georgana
Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing place to visit for great food and a beautiful view of Santa Cruz. Lots of choices of restaurants.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 7766heath
Reviewed yesterday

The Santa Cruz Wharf is a wonderful destination for travelers and locals alike. It offers some excellent restaurants and shops, as well as boat rides and fishing. It extends from the beach-boardwalk area into the magnificent Monterey Bay. If you don't want to eat or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fords4ever
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed walking out to the end of the pier. One side has several shops and restaurants. It was fun to watch the sea lions through the openings towards the end of the pier. It was a sunny day so we really enjoyed the stroll...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lonil990
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous day. Pelicans, Seals, etc. galore. They were all there to feast on the silver fishes we saw in very dense schools. Wonderful stroll.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 48mjn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turned out to be better than we expected. We went on Christmas day, and it didn't seem very crowded. many of the restaurants were shut. The Sea Lions were quite a sight, and walking around the wharf and taking in views from various angles was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KarthikMR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The wharf is a good start for so many activities. You can spend a several hours just walking about, lounging and photographing people, ocean life or snacking on everything from chowder to tacos and some great salad and veggie dishes on a revolving dinning floor...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is great spot that offers a nice overwiew over the bay. There is a parking opportunity (up to 4 hours 1$ per hour) and few restaurants offering local seafood. Kids loved watching sea lions.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Agnieszka R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate on the Santa Cruz Wharf while on a vacation visiting my sister. Gorgeous views and wonderful restaurants to choose from. We visit the wharf on every trip here as it continues to bring back childhood memories of when I lived in SC.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Trudykmd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's got all the allure of a place that was once nice and now has been relagated to cheap food joints, no charm, a place that needs a huge renovation and restoration, but more importantly, it lacks character. That is sad. I've known this wharf...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Jill W
31 July 2018|
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Response from LTambor | Reviewed this property |
There is a bus that’s an express line - goes SJ to Santa Cruz over HWY 17; however, if you rent a car, you could tool around to some of the others towns and beaches (Capitola, Aptos). There is a bike sharing program that’s... More
Maureen S
20 June 2016|
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Response from MsMouseCalifornia | Reviewed this property |
Just south of San Luis Obisbo (Central Coast) off highway 101. A 3 hour drive south from Santa Cruz Wharf. Pismo Clams are big & famous. Certain times of the year people dig for them and have parties with clam chowder & such... More
2 April 2015|
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Response from Jessica H | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see anything that big parked on the wharf. There is a lot of parking by the amusement park on the boardwalk, so I would try there. If you are staying in the rv, sea cliff state beach has rv spots right on the ocean... More