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Santa Cruz Wharf

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #12 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Shopping
Traveler Description: Santa Cruz Wharf is adjacent to the Boardwalk and Main beach. It is a very long pier with lots of restaurants, shops and  sea lions at the end of the... more »
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Vancouver
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181 reviews 181 reviews
93 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This time we parked on the pier and were surprised it was only a $ an hour . There are quite a few food establishments available . The smells wafting from each restaurant got us hungry rather quickly ! Apart from the great view looking back at the beach , the main attraction for us is the sea lions .... More

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Madera, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a wonderful place to stroll thru if you are not sure where you want to eat. You will find something here you like and have a spectacular view in the bargain!

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We loved checking out the seals and it was great going at sunset. After dinner we checked out the shops and got a few trinkets and t-shirts.

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Damascus, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We enjoyed two great walks on/on the Santa Cruz Wharf. No better place to enjoy a terrific seafood dinner with views of Monterey Bay at sunset. Timed it right for sunset behind the Santa Cruz Lighthouse along beautiful West Cliff Drive. It was fun to see sea lions under the wharf on the walk back to town too. A visit... More

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Portland, Oregon
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18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We took a walk up the wharf and visited some shops and got a bowl of chowder. The shops were just a little over-priced and so was the food. But the view almost made up for that. I would recommend visiting, but maybe shop or eat elsewhere.

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San Bruno, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A really great wharf for a long stroll, while picking out a restaurant. The ocean life on view is sometimes extraordinary with seals and sea-lions hunting bait to the surface while pelicans dive and fight with seagulls over the treasures of the sea.

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Davis, California
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The wharf is celebrating it's 100 birthday this year and there are a lot of activities going on that should appeal to all. There are great restaurants and gift shops galore!!

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you walk down a staircase which is toward the end of the wharf on your left, you will be able to come very close to sea lions and watch them rest. We also rented a couple of kayaks and went for a paddle which was very nice too.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We went here after the beach , the Parking there is $1 per 20 min . It was very beautiful during the sunset ..there is a girl playing the pipers and many other restaurants . We could watch some whales .. Not many ... But the sealions are every where .. It is like their spot ...relax , sleep and... More

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Palo Alto, California
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

When you visit the wharf, make sure you wear a hat, there are so many seagulls dive bombing you. Go to Stagnaro's at the end of shops and have the calamari, it is fresh and crispy. Very good drinks and awesome food, great views from the upper deck.

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