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Santa Cruz Wharf

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Great spot to check out the sea lions and grab something to eat. Restaurants on the wharf are a... read more

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Santa Cruz, California
Incredible people watching

It’s free to get in so lots of people come from all around to just be there. You can buy big beers... read more

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Reviewed today

Great spot to check out the sea lions and grab something to eat. Restaurants on the wharf are a good place to eat and check out the view.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bigwaves4fun
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s free to get in so lots of people come from all around to just be there. You can buy big beers or meat on a stick, whatever suits your fancy. Diverse and real and fun. The opposite of stuffy. It’s worth a walk through,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jeswalt
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Welcome to Surf City, Fisherman’s Wharf and the beauty of 70 degree days with no humidity. People are very chill and friendly over there. The Pacific Ocean is gorgeous. There are many quaint shops, a nearby mall, the well known Wharf where the food is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank QuincyPoint0001
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are just wanting a different perspective, this is worth the drive out. Free parking for the first half hour. If you want a great restaurant, you have some choices. Our favorite is Riva's Fish. There are beach shops, candy stores and more along...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walk the 3000 feet all the way out to the end lots of shops and restaurants along the way and bathrooms at the end we enjoyed all the birds the Pelicans the seagulls and the pigeons and the seals hanging out under the wharf...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank drillerboy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Santa Cruz Wharf provides an excellent stroll in fresh air, complete with several boutiques and restaurants. We loved the resident Sea Lions, which were more vocal and less smelly than the ones in San Francisco. Pick a restaurant with a north-facing view, and you'll be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Queencelt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wharf is a nice place to stroll and enjoy the sea air and seals. We are east coasters in Santa Cruz for a family wedding so we thourougly enjoyed the abundance of harbor seals and their antics. Nice browsing in the shops. We did...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 60795HappyCamper16
Reviewed 3 weeks 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nina S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LynVR
Reviewed 5 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.

Date of experience: October 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