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Santa Cruz Wharf

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My mom and 12-year-old niece spent the morning walking the wharf before the boardwalk opened. It was so nice. The shops are do cool and have a ton of unique things. Good breakfast there too and they have salt water taffy!!!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank amberw175
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was great you can drive right out there and park. Which was good because we had some one with us who has mobility issues. Great views and good places to drink and eat. Lots of fun look for the sea lions

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Santa Cruz was so much fun and walking along the wharf it was just exciting. My wife and I are getting older but walking along and seeing the families and the children just brought back so much memories of younger days. We’re not sure if...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 73-Charger-SE
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to walk and admire the ocean and local sea lions who sleep under the pier. There are good restaurants and variety of stores. Parking is available on the pier but there’s a fee.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Raingar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ventured on the wharf/boardwalk as we followed the unmistakable sounds of sea lions. Great viewing areas of several sea lions. Great to see them in their natural environment instead of a captive theme park.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Runforfunn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a very long boardwalk can you get to see the ocean, the fisherman, sea lions, and there are shops and dining. Parking is not easy in Santa Cruz near the downtown tourist area so be prepared. We walked along the beach and onto...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Fastphilad
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a pleasant walk on the wharf. Lots of families. Different kind of view. On each side. Heard the sea lions and then saw them resting and swimming.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Mariejn0250
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Longest wooden boardwalk! So cool! We strolled to the end and had drinks and appetizers. The view was amazing! Saw lots of people fishing. Great place for everyone! Loved listening to the seals!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ctyndall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a good look at all that there was to see on the wharf while we were trying to get a parking space. It's just restaurants and shops. We wanted to eat dinner but had no luck at all finding a parking space- even...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank gypsymamma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shops and restaurants are pretty run down. Flies while you wait for restaurants, old feeling to everything. The one restaurant we went to was good though, so worth the walk at least.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Leif R
February 18, 2019|
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Response from 48mjn | Reviewed this property |
No, I don’t think so.
Jill W
July 30, 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
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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