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Santa Cruz Wharf

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Do the wharf to see the sea lions !!!!

Be sure to walk all the way to the end of the wharf! If you look down through the openings you will... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Great place to see sea lions.

We went early before the shops and restaurants opened. The sea lions congregate under the wharf... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Santa Cruz Wharf is full of sights to behold and things to experience. From the great views of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to the wonderful restaurants and fun shops. Dont forget to go visit all the seals at the end of the wharf...More

Thank sarahsbeach7
Reviewed 5 days ago

The 3000-ft walkway extends into the sea from the Santa Cruz beach right next to the Dream Inn. It is a nice walkway ending with many food places. When you get closer to the end, you can hear the oink! oink! of the sea lions...More

Thank gulmez2018
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went sea kayaking. Awesome. Very easy to do, saw otters. Ate clam Chowder at the stagnaro bros place.

Thank SVCris
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be sure to walk all the way to the end of the wharf! If you look down through the openings you will see and hear the sea lions. Very cool!!

Thank BiancaBunn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went early before the shops and restaurants opened. The sea lions congregate under the wharf. There were no many people out. Great views of the coast.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Strolling along the wharf to the barking os the sea lions is a memorable experience. It only gets better when you find them, lolling around on planks beneath the wharf scrambling and angling for the best spots in the sun. Always arguing and constantly resettling,...More

Thank Judith A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a ton of arcade games and carnival rides right on the beach. There are tons of restaurants and places to get snacks. A great place to people watch and they have lots of concerts here as well.

Thank Rhett L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great views, loads of sea lions, restraunts and gift shops, what more would you want? Enjoy, we did. Almost guaranteed sunshine too!

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Adjacent to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, the wharf is a bit rougher around the edges. Worth the stroll to come down and see the views from the wharf and check out the sea lions resting on the pier supports. There were a few interesting...More

Thank Marian R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's always a plus to walk the wharf. They have fun little shops. Some very tasty restaurants and clusters of the cutest sea lions all napping and enjoying their lazy days. It's also a terrific view of the boardwalk

Thank Beckie Hawkins R
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Jill W
31 July 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
20 June 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
3 April 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