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Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz

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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 to visit Santa Cruz Wharf during your Santa Cruz vacation using our convenient Santa Cruz travel route app .
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  • Too many homeless In the past was much better In the evening was scary to walk whit the kids Out of the hotel no way to enjoy the tipical SoCal atmosphere  more »
  • ...and a lot less touristy. A line of seafood restaurants and of course the historic Stagnaro Brother's restaurant and fish market. You can drive out onto the pier almost to the end. Sea lions are oft...  more »
  • Nice place to relax and bring kids. There are shops to get local souvenirs, restaurants, candy shop, and great relaxing nature. Listen to the sounds of the ocean, birds, sea lions, and someone’s spot ...  more »
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  • Haven't been here in years!! It was great to see it & think of all the old memories I shared here. My family & I went a little early to beat the traffic so none of the stores on the Wharf were open. There was one restaurant opened that we had breakfast at. Good food & service. Had a great view of the ocean from our table... That was nice!! Felt like good to put my feet in the sand- I moved away from the beach 5 years ago!! So, I enjoyed the Wharf!!
  • Sun reflecting and shimmering on the calm blue-green ocean, with sail boats sliding across the bay. People watching the barking sea lions laying across the strong girders of the wharf while enjoying the warmth of the day. Listening to the children playing with the fish dad has caught off the side of the wharf. In all a great place to sit to people watch enjoying the refreshing ocean air.
  • This place is great for a late night walk after all the stores are closed with a backpack full of alcohol always stop at the end of the pier to take a piss off into the ocean there are lots of sea lions and they sound like old people having intercourse. Bathrooms are 24 hours here but you will have to bring your own music to Boogie hard like it's the 80s man. Lots of cool stores and an ice cream shop though.
  • We ate at Splash! I thought for the most part everything was really good. They're coleslaw is off the hook! Fish and chips very good, although my wife thought the fish was a bit salty. Will be back!
  • This place is beautiful to just relax and enjoy the ocean. If you come at the right time, you can see sea lions from a pretty close distance. They built a fence area just for that! Coming here before sunset will give you an amazing experience that you have to watch with your own eyes.

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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Most of the accommodations in Santa Cruz occupy a place near the beach and boardwalk. Inns and bed and breakfasts make up most of the selection here, but you'll also find a few motels and hotels sprinkled in. You might consider staying in one of the inns or bed and breakfasts located inside some of the Victorian houses downtown, which lies just to the north. A number of budget motels line both San Lorenzo Boulevard, which is just across Carbonara Creek from the main tourist area by the beach, and Ocean Street a little farther north.
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