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Santa Cruz Wharf

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Start of our west coast trip

We had lunch and dinner here on the wharf. Took alot of pictures, talked with our servers and... read more

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Cheap parking

Had to park on the wharf because boardwalk was slammed with people because of activities down town... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hemet, California
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Reviewed yesterday

We had lunch and dinner here on the wharf. Took alot of pictures, talked with our servers and enjoyed the sea lions. Did alittle shopping. Some stores were unique and everyone was friendly and helpful. Views are wonderful.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had to park on the wharf because boardwalk was slammed with people because of activities down town. There are some places to eat and some shops on the wharf to see and eat at. Parking was cheap enough so I liked that.

Thank gottcoke
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The location of the wharf was fantastic. ... it's near santa cruz boardwalk and Cowell beach. ... Although I didn't see some sealion like the Web say. ... it's still is a very good view of the sea and boats. ... the history features is...More

Thank Phia V
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great sunset, sea lions, music, events, shops, parking only a dollar a hour and chocolate bacon too.

Thank David P S
Reviewed 4 days ago

it is nice to stroll down for the views of the ocean and visit little stores and restaurants - lots of food choices available.

Thank Zuzka E
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good walk. Lots of shops and places to eat. Most places had about the same selection of souvenir type gifts.

Thank Matthew E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nice short walk to shops and some great restaurants! Marini's candy at end of pier, Rivas has the ultimate fried zucchini, Ideal Bar & Grill never disappoints us with their menu and quality food!

Thank teresa f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked the entire wharf to see the options for dinner and to view the sea lions. The sea lions and multiple viewing holes in the pier were very interesting. The best place for us to watch the sea lions was at the end of...More

Thank 646Val
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here on the wharf and did some souvenir shopping. Looks a little ran down but liked the variety in the shops. You have to pay to drive and park on the wharf. We left before dark which I recommend.

Thank R E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very smelly, very dirty, couple of nice shops, in short don’t bother. Food on the expensive side so were the drinks. Not impressed with the beach area

Thank asheyWhitstable
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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