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Top recommendations from locals

Pedestrian Plaza
“Please don't miss taking a stroll down the free Boardwalk. It's such an awesome place. ”
  • 309 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
History Museum
“Learn about the natural history of Santa Cruz and what created this paradise by the sea. Learn how and why the Monterey Bay depends on our sea otter population to stay alive or what a Thule reed is with a visit to the SC Museum of Natural History! Visit the life size model of a Blue Whale, great for kids!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“many headliners stop by this intimate jazz club on weeknights between their weekend shows in SF and LA. not limited to the jazz genre. food and wine are served.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Get place for a night out! Bowling, Karoke, Dining & Drinking...walk home!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Super good burgers with mega options and customizable too. Gluten free bun & veggie burger options available.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Don't be fooled by all the "tourist traps" on the wharf. Most places have just mediocre food that's overpriced. One of the very few places to go on the wharf would be Olitas. Amazing food, margaritas and you can't beat the view. Perfect for sunsets. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they have a special where you get a taco and margarita/beer for like $8. They always have specials with local caught seafood (surprisingly one of the only restaurants on the wharf that does this!)”
  • 21 locals recommend
Museum
“If you can't make it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey (about an hour drive) this is your next best bet to explore the wonders of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're looking for a place to eat while staring at the bay, this is the only spot as far as we're concerned, mainly because everywhere else along the wharf is a total tourist trap. It's pricey but the decor is beautiful, the service is good, the cocktails are good, the food is fresh and tasty and did we mention the view?!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Just on the other side of the Boardwalk. Patio dining overlooking volleyball players, the beach and the beautiful Pacific!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Can't say the food is special but if you want straight ahead seafood on the Wharf, this is the place. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Great pub, with fantastic beers, locals atmosphere and locally made yummy cider!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fast and yummy Mexican food. Family owned and operated. Try the three amigos. Say hi to Ronnie for us. :)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Expensive great food and drinks, best view in Santa Cruz, directly on the beach. You can watch the surfers.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“How nice to set above the wharf, watch sparkling ocean and sip an excellent wine recommended by the knowledgeable proprietor. Come at sunset!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Arcade
“Nautical-themed entertainment center for family fun with mini-golf & arcade games plus casual chow.”
  • 3 locals recommend