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Santa Cruz Wharf

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Great eating

Nice to walk along the warf. Great restaurants with reasonable meals. Lots of stores to pop into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michael F
Toronto, Canada
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Great fishing wharf

I’ve been coming here for over 45 years and the place hasn’t changed a bit. Scattered with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 June 2004

Santa Cruz Wharf is a great place to just relax for the day and hang out. Rent a fishing pole or crab net very reasonably from Andy's Bait and Tackle located at the far end of the wharf and try your luck! Enjoy the beautiful...More

10  Thank fritzmar
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

The boardwalk is a lot of fun. Great place to spend the day. The wharf on the other hand is another matter. A few nice views, so worth the walk out on the wharf now and then, but there's really not much to do unless...More

3  Thank Bolero49
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I checked friends because an adult grandson doesn’t count as family (teens) and we ARE friends but family would be more accurate! We cane to see the seals who hang out below the wharf on the supports that anchor the wharf tin the water. They...More

Thank Nina S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is always a fun place to hang out with family and friends, the only thing is that dogs are not allowed...

Thank LynVi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in October and had a great time, walked the pier, watched the sea lions and fishermen. Great little restaurants and of course, the oceans right below you! The surrounding beaches and cliffs are astounding and very serene.

Thank 1581danny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to walk along the warf. Great restaurants with reasonable meals. Lots of stores to pop into. History of the ward cool.

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been coming here for over 45 years and the place hasn’t changed a bit. Scattered with restaurants, gift shops and boat/kayak rentals. Great place for fishing, especially night fishing, I’ve caught sharks, halibut, king fish, skates, octopus, crab and perch from here.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of cool things to play and do here! Family fun. Video games, old school games, and new state-of-the-art games too!

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice walk out to the tip, beautiful CA afternoon. A bit tawdry and run down for a place that celebrated its 250th just 2 years ago. BUT GO FOR THE SEALS. There are cut out places on the wharf to view them lounging on the...More

Thank Patricia R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely afternoon walk to truly soak up old school Cali vibe. We planned to stop here because my friend had seen the location in a movie. The "kitch" lived up to our expectations. Funny statues, old school roller coasters, and a boardwalk didn't dissapoint.

Thank Caroline R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here October 2018, it was a nice warm day, blue skies. Shops, Restaurants, Cafes, dotted about on the pier. People fishing, hoping for that big catch, and port holes alive with Sea Lions, making a lot of noise, as they chill out below....More

Thank CharleyNottinghamUK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing to drive for but fine if you are in the city anyway. Prefer Monterey marina area. Not much in the city either.

Thank martinbakkebop
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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