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Love the Views, Going out on a Boat and Dining at Johnny's Harborside - Santa Cruz Harbor

We have been to Santa Cruz Harbor multiple times. We were there today to walk through the harbor... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Fremont, California
Small Harbor but Plenty to Do

The Santa Cruz Harbor is pretty small. Parking can be a real chore. But there is plenty to do... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
Daryl C
Pleasanton, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We have been to Santa Cruz Harbor multiple times. We were there today to walk through the harbor and enjoy the views Many were out walking; several with their dogs. We dined at Johnny's Harborside, which is a very good restaurant with good views of...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

The Santa Cruz Harbor is pretty small. Parking can be a real chore. But there is plenty to do. First, their are beaches on either side of the harbor. Second, there are some good restaurants in the harbor. Third, there are some awesome sailing tours...More

Thank Daryl C
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Here in the Harbor, you can SUP or catch a charter for fishing or whale watching. I've done all three and plan to go again and again.

Thank 1beachbrat
Reviewed 31 March 2018

This is such a fun place to walk. There is so much to do and see - lovely boats, people watch, dog watch, shop, eat, you name it. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours whether you're active or just want...More

Thank whittier
Reviewed 5 March 2018

The beautiful Santa Cruz Harbor is a place where many of us gather. The last time I went out to sea on a boat was Nov 2017 on a private yacht, and it was truly magical. Wave to the Crow's Nest patrons as you sail...More

Thank benzslkgirl
Reviewed 21 January 2018

We ended up having dinner at the Crow's Nest, but wandered around to look at all of the Christmas lights. A really pretty little harbor!

Thank Kelly G
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Dredged iut in the 1960's, this former swampish area has flourished as Santa Cruz's iconic harbor. Walk along either Lake Drive Dr off of Eaton / Murray (same street, different name on west and east ends) or on the Aldo's side.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We spent the night on a boat and loved it. There are a few residents. In the morning we walked around the harbor to Aldos and had a great breakfast. There is a shuttle during the summer that picks you up and takes you around...More

Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 10 November 2017

There are many boats along the docks, which are of interest to even casual visitors. I like to bicycle on the roads along the water, and you can cut through the harbor to proceed north or south. There are actually a variety of restaurants, so...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 28 October 2017

if you love the water and boats this is a place to go. there is also a nice restaurant in the harbor. Those who have boats where very friendly and some very high dollar boats there a very wide array of boats and all for...More

Thank Seadpnedtraveler
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