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Santa Cruz Wharf

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459
+1 831-420-6025
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Looking a little tired 😓

Santa Cruz wharf is an iconic landmark that it enjoyed by locals and visitors. Often sea lions can... read more

Reviewed today
Progressive T
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Tumbulgum, Australia
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Smile to my face! Every Time!

Always has brought a smile to my face. Visited from the time I was a kid. Family, friends... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dave M
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San Jose, California
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lions” (297 reviews)
“seafood” (45 reviews)
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5459
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+1 831-420-6025
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"sea lions"
in 297 reviews
"shops and restaurants"
in 48 reviews
"seafood"
in 45 reviews
"nice walk"
in 59 reviews
"candy shop"
in 10 reviews
"clam chowder"
in 19 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 20 reviews
"salt water taffy"
in 14 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 11 reviews
"sunny day"
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"off season"
in 10 reviews
"people watching"
in 12 reviews
"beach boardwalk"
in 11 reviews
"amusement park"
in 15 reviews
"fishing"
in 78 reviews
"parking"
in 108 reviews
"stroll"
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Reviewed today via mobile

Santa Cruz wharf is an iconic landmark that it enjoyed by locals and visitors. Often sea lions can be seen sleeping on the wharf decks and under wharf structures. The wharf, shops and restaurants are looking a little tired but it’s nice to seethe wharf...More

Thank Progressive T
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Always has brought a smile to my face. Visited from the time I was a kid. Family, friends, significant others at times. A blast.

Thank Dave M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Besides walking along the wharf and a few restaurants & souvenir shops, there isn’t much here. To get to the wharf you have to walk through a number of homeless people and a bit sketchy area. I wouldn’t recommend going late at night or alone...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The wharf has plenty of parking for a fee. I love to first head down the pier enjoying the many stores and restaurants along the way. Great for having some clam chowder. At the end you can look down some openings to see seals, starfish...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views and good food. Take the time to stroll along the wharf and enjoy the shopping and excellent t food

Thank 518ATLCouple
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wharf itself has parking, which is filled with restaurants, gift shops, and snacks. People come out here to stroll, shop, eat, people watch, fish and to check out the wildlife such as sea lions, pelicans, sea gulls, and if you are lucky; sea otters....More

1  Thank Chia2005
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

About 25 sea lions, of all ages and sizes, lazing on the dock below, and I could watch them for hours. They were adorable and you can see how they care for each other. The sun was out, but they were in the shade, just...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

(Warning: young adults from Central Florida in for vacation) The location was touristy beyond belief with a congregation of seafood restaurants frying all seafood- a sign the seafood isn’t that good to begin with- teens taking over, and many areas that could use a cleaning....More

1  Thank Pyra-Danny
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The view is nice, but it was very few people in the end of may. Felt like is not the season. Everything was closed at 9 pm.

Thank Gintaute E
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for record end-March high temperatures. Lots of seals under and around the pier. Large and busy fun fair, arcade and beach

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Maureen S
June 19, 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
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kdanese
April 2, 2015|
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Response from Jessica H | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see anything that big parked on the wharf. There is a lot of parking by the amusement park on the boardwalk, so I would try there. If you are staying in the rv, sea cliff state beach has rv spots right on the ocean... More
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