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Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz: 3 reviews and 15 photos

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  • Santa Cruz Wharf - Santa Cruz
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  • Santa Cruz Wharf - Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Wharf - Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Wharf - Santa Cruz

The current Santa Cruz Wharf, built in 1914 is the 5th wharf to occupy this site. The wharf was originally built to ensure continued shipping operations as the bay was filling with silt. This wharf had a railroad track, a few warehouses and no shops or restaurants. Today the wharf has about 10 restaurants, numerous shops offering gifts and touristy stuff, and various educational stops. This area also has an abundance of sea lions and sea otters.

On our recent visit we enjoyed the views from the wharf, but little else. The views back toward the Boardwalk and to the Abbot Lighthouse are impressive, and the sea lions are always fun to watch, especially the young pup in the late spring. The bad part of this wharf is that most of it is a giant parking lot, bigger than your local Wal-Mart. Furthermore, the restaurants seem very touristy, and surprisingly lacking outdoor seating along the water like you might see at Morrow Bay.

othercontact: wharf@ci.santa-cruz.ca.us
Phone: (831) 420-5270
Website: http://www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/pr/wharf/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 15, 2008
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