Memories are made with afternoons spent near the water. The Santa Cruz Wharf is a well loved destination with locals, and someplace new to cherish for visitors to the region. Shops, restaurants and spectacular scenery awaits those en route. 

The sights and sounds of the ocean surround those strolling along the wharf or recreating in the water. Seagulls call from over head and the bark of a sea lion seem to answer the call. Sea otters are often spotted dipping and swimming in the ocean. Anglers regularly hook dinner off of the pier or when renting a skiff and casting off alongside the reefs. Kayakers love to explore the waterways, checking out kelp beds and hidden coves.

Shop Until You Drop when Living in Santa Cruz

Shopping at the Santa Cruz Wharf is second to none. Boutiques line the walkways with merchandise inside designed to please everyone. Momentos for those vacationing in Santa Cruz are plentiful. Traditional souvenirs are found in both Bonnies and Woodies Gift Shop. T-shirts, bumper stickers and keychains galore fill these spaces. Nearby at Made in Santa Cruz shelves are stocked with items crafted locally such as jewelry, scented lotions and soaps, artwork and more. Locals living in Santa Cruz are literally like kids in a candy store when they walk through the doors of the Marini’s Candies. From salt water taffy to ice cream sweet tooths will be satisfied. Nolands presents an array of the latest styles in beach attire. Stop in for a new bikini, towel or flip flops.

Nothing pairs better than dinner and a sunset so dine at the wharf where a vast variety of cuisine caterers to all appetites. Seafood cannot get any fresher with fishermen delivering their catch right off the boat to restaurants doors. A favorite since the 1950’s, Splash sits toward the end of the wharf and residents of Santa Cruz real estate often meet at the rotating bar for a drink or two with friends. The Dolphin restaurant calls “order up” with bread bowls of clam chowder and fish in chips handed out. Fans of "California cuisine" settle down for a bite at Firefish Grill. With so many other spots to dine the food just keeps coming.

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Santa Cruz Wharf. One visit won’t be enough to get your fill. Open daily with onsite parking it's easy to plan a quick getaway during the week or longer jaunt on the weekends.