Santa Cruz Wharf

Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Wharf

Wharf Overview

  • Constructed: 1914
  • Length: 2,745 feet, longest pier on the West Coast
  • Operated by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
  • Restaurants, shops, restrooms, boat rentals
  • Public parking, pay at gate upon departure
  • Wharf Headquarters:
    (831) 420-6025
  • Santa Cruz Pier Webcam

Parking Rates

The summer season extends from late March to late September.
Summer Weekends and Holidays - $1 per 20 minutes, $24 daily maximum.
Winter - $1 per hour for first 4 hours, then $2 per hour, $12 max.

Boat Rates

0-30 minutes free, 30-60 minutes $1, another dollar each additional hour up to 8 hours. After 8 hours rates increase incrementally to a daily maximum of $21. Holiday rates are less, up to a daily max of $12.

Marine Mammals around the Santa Cruz Wharf

  • Sea Lions - Look for them climbing the crossbeams beneath the wharf.
  • Sea Otters - Watch for them in the kelp beds and around the wharf.
  • Harbor Seals - Spot them bobbing their heads out of the water.
  • Bottlenose Dolphins - Pods of dolphins sometimes seen just beyond the surf line.
  • Humpback Whales - Up to 50 feet in length, they occasionally visit the wharf.
  • Gray Whales - Most common whale on the coast, best seen in spring as they migrate north.

Wharf Activities

Interactive Wharf Tour

Take a tour of the wharf, moving among 13 exhibit kiosks, panel displays, outdoor aquariums, and special vistas along the wharf's half-mile length. Learn about the sea, the shore, and the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.

Santa Cruz Boat Rentals

Located on the wharf
(831) 423-1739
Motorized Skiffs with 8 HP outboards, seats 4
Boogie boards, wetsuits, life jackets
Fishing gear - rods, reels, sinkers, hooks, lines, frozen bait
Santa Cruz Boat Rentals

Santa Cruz Wharf map, Santa Cruz County, CA

Events on the Wharf

Jazz on the Wharf

Sunday, April TBA, 2018
Jazz on the Wharf

21st Annual Woodies on the Wharf

June 23, 2018   10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
(831) 420-5273   Santa Cruz Woodies
More than 200 classic woodies on display on the wharf, plus music and prizes.

Annual Aloha Celebrity Races &
Polynesian Festival

August TBA, 2018
831-420-5273   Santa Cruz Events
Races begin at 9:00 AM, Festival runs from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Outrigger canoe races for first-time paddlers, dance, Polynesian culture and crafts

Other Things to Look for on the Wharf

Pacific Kites

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(408) 823-5486  
Open seasonally, selling kites, flags, windsocks, pinwheels, and other wind related products.

Venture Quest Kayak Rentals

2 Municipal Pier, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 427-2267   Venture Quest
Kayak rentals include wetsuit and all equipment, open and closed deck kayaks, singles and doubles
Open May 31 - September 28

Sea Scopes

Coin operated telescopes at various locations around the wharf.

Santa Cruz pier, Santa Cruz Beach, Santa Cruz, CA

Food to Go, Snacks, Coffee, Etc.

Woodies Cafe

25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 421-9410  
Counter service - Seafood, burgers, sandwiches

Marini's at the Wharf

55 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(866) MARINIS   Marini's Candies
Taffy, caramel corn, peanut brittle, licorice, coffee, ice cream

Paradise Dogs

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, cash only
Hot dogs, polish dogs, hot links, soda, chips, cookies

Vino Prima Wine Bar

55 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 426-0750   Vino Prima Wine Bar
Wine tasting, live music about twice a week

Santa Cruz Wharf Restaurants

Dolphin Restaurant

71 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 426-5830  
Seafood restaurant, grilled steak, pastas, burgers, salads

Gilbert's Firefish Grill

25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 423-5200   Firefish Grill
Lunch and dinner
Seafood, steaks, fish and chips, burgers, pasta, cocktails

Gilda's Restaurant

37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 423-2010   Gilda's Restaurant
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Salads, pasta, sandwiches, seafood, chicken

Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Beach, Santa Cruz, CA

Olitas Cantina and Grill

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 458-9393   Olitas Cantina and Grill
Restaurant and bar, lunch and dinner
Salads, tacos, enchiladas, and much more

Riva Fish House

31 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 429-1223  


Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA

Stagnaro Bro. Restaurant

59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 423-1188   Stagnaro Bros. Restaurant
Downstairs dining room, upstairs lounge, open for lunch and dinner
Seafood, pasta, steak


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