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Santa Cruz Wharf at California
Santa Cruz Wharf
21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, California, 95060
Category: Attractions
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Santa Cruz Wharf

When you stay at the Howard Johnson Inn, you can walk to the famous Santa Cruz Wharf. Spend the day at this scenic destination, which boasts a myriad of recreational activities, from fishing to boating to whale watching and kayaking. Stroll along the Wharf to unique shops that feature and array of handmade crafts along with bathing suits, flip-flops, and beach essentials, as well as fish markets. The longest wharf in the country, Santa Cruz Wharf offers wonderful seaside dining and nightlife, as well as whale watching and fishing charters in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 


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  • Woodies on the Wharf
  • Wharf to Wharf
  • Jazz on the Wharf


  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Whale Watching
  • Dining
  • Shopping


  • What is the best dining at Santa Cruz Wharf?

    Savor fresh seafood along with juicy steaks and homemade pasta at Firefish Grill. The Dolphin Restaurant has made a name for itself with its delectable fish and chips and signature chowder in a bread bowl. And with outdoor patio seating, Miramar is the place to come for mouthwatering Maine lobster and incredible views of Lighthouse Point.
  • What are some other fun things to do at Santa Cruz Wharf?

    In addition to fishing, boating, kayaking and whale watching, the Wharf offers waterfront shopping and dining. Take a guided EcoTour of the Wharf either Saturday or Sunday. Not only is it interesting and educational, it's free. You can also walk or ride a bike along the Wharf, which, at one-half mile in length, is the longest wharf in the entire United States. During the summer, the Wharf also offers free concerts.

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