You can take in beautiful views while taking a walk down the historic Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and the original Marini's Candies, a local favorite known for their Salt Water Taffy. Don't forget to go to the very end of the wharf and check out the sea lions…
Walk along the wharf enjoy a lovely meal in any of the great restaurants along the wharf. Our favorite is Stagnarro's
• Santa Cruz Warf: Must-See (even if you just cruise up and back). Walk, ride or drive. The SC Warf is the longest pier on the US west coast and you are really able to hang out in the bay, while enjoying eating crab, shopping for fabulous sweatshirts, having a mai tai, watching the sea-lions, the…
Relaxing stroll to see local fisherman, kayak rentals, sea otters but avoid kitschy tourist tee shirt shops and bad seafood restaurants. If you are starving try Johnny's and you will get some reasonable fried fish.
Great place to grab some food and hang out. Get very close to the harbor seals!
“The Admission-Free Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Enjoy warm sand, cool surf, hot rides and free entertainment”
“If you prefer a less crowded beach, I recommend this. Parking is also less hectic across from the beach where you can park on the street in front of residential homes.”
“walk, bike, jog, push stroller, skateboard (or drive if you have to) from the wharf to natural bridges state park along the edge of the cliffs that drop down to the bay, watching (or joining!) surfers at the famous steamer lane along the way.”
“Nice beach, tide pools, nature center. Also is a monarch butterfly migration destination Oct-Feb each year.”