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Santa Cruz Wharf

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Wharf with no crowds!

January/Feb. is crowd less at the Wharf and Boardwalk. Many shops still closed except on weekends... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jackson, California
Food, Shopping & Sea Lions, Too!

Stroll the boardwalk for excellent food and drink menus, beachwear and souvenir options, and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gilbert, SC, United States
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have been going to the Santa Cruz Wharf since I was a teen. Lots to see and do, plus some great places to eat. Our favorite is Gilda's a life long wharf institution.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ernie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

January/Feb. is crowd less at the Wharf and Boardwalk. Many shops still closed except on weekends. Golf area and cafe open. Arcade being renovated during our visit and was closed.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TravelorTwo221
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit! Drive out to the shops and restaurants. Or just enjoy the sites, and sea life.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sunclan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stroll the boardwalk for excellent food and drink menus, beachwear and souvenir options, and experience the sea lions frolicking by the wharf.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank C459DVrobertc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Santa Cruz Wharf/Beach is a popular beach with the tourist and surfers. Family members enjoyed the surfing when its good. And you have the University of California, Santa Cruz close by

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank danakg11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Average wharf. Places to eat, stores and the like. The view is the real reason to go there. You can look back to the city and see the buildings, the board walk and the beach. Just beautiful

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diana W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ive been coming to the SC Beach Boardwalk since i was a child. Its great because theres no admission to just walk around. Theres arcades, laser tag, rollercoasters, a haunted house and al the "fair food" you can eat. Its also fun if you sneak...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nathalie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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Leif R
18 February 2019|
Response from 7766heath | Reviewed this property |
I would assume so.
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