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Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz
(4.2/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Check out the sea lions that hang out underneath Santa Cruz Wharf, cast a fishing line into the water, and dine on local seafood. Whale-watching and fishing expeditions depart from here too, and you can rent a kayak to get out on the water under your own power. If you arrive in late afternoon, bring your camera and wait for the sun to set behind the lighthouse. Plan your Santa Cruz Wharf visit and explore what else you can see and do in Santa Cruz using our Santa Cruz travel itinerary planner.
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  • This place was amazing the scenery was amazing the boats the docks seals and sea lions in the history of the wharf itself 
  • We spent the day down to Big Sur telling the kids they couldn't go in the water. The surf was a lot calmer here, but that may have just been the weather. Typical small beachy type restaurants on the p...  more »
  • What can I say. I loved The Lost Boys when I was a kid. So I had to go visit the famous boardwalk. Great photo opportunity 
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  • This place is pretty cool! A classic boardwalk feel to it, probably because it is a classic boardwalk. The sea lions were fun to watch lounge around and it was a beautiful day to enjoy some sunshine. The beach was nice and in good shape. I didn't get to ride any rides or anything since they were shut down due to being later in the year.
  • It could be such a magical place if they would just maintain and clean it better. It feels like nothing has been done to the place for 2 decades. It looks old and worn. Yet still a nice stroll with lots to see. A few nice restaurants and of course the sea lions that have made the structure below their home.
  • Hey it's a wharf, a bunch of posts holding up a road in the water, roughly a dozen places to eat ranging from ok to great. Lots of noisy sea lions to look at and listen to. You can fish to your heart's content for free.
  • Neat place to see, I was amazed at how long the pier / wharf is out into the water with all the restaurant on it. We walked on, you can park your car there also. We saw some seals and had dinner at the Dolphin restaurant. The prices were reasonable and the food was good.
  • Neat warf. Great place to see sea lions!! Saw a bunch of them on the lower pier supports. They have 3 large "holes" cut into thr pier that you can look down through & see a lot of them. Great area.