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Santa Cruz Wharf in Santa Cruz, California

The Santa Cruz Wharf, once known as the Pleasure Pier is an enjoyable pier. Once part of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, it was built in 1906 for passengers from speedboats on Monterey Bay to disembark. The pier carried water lines for the Plunge, an indoor saltwater swimming pool that closed in 1960. The Pleasure Pier and Plunge were demolished together and the pier has since been rebuilt and is known as the Santa Cruz Wharf.

With approximately nine bars and restaurants that include long time locals, Miramar Fish Grotto (in existence on the pier since 1945) and Stagnaro Bros. Restaurant and Fish Market owned by John and Ernie Stagnaro since 1937. From Mexican to Italian, seafood to salads and sandwiches, the entire family can enjoy casual dining or couples can spend a day or a night time stroll and dinner with a view at the Santa Cruz Wharf. East of the pier is Santa Cruz Main Beach and west of the pier is the much smaller Cowell Beach.

21 Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-6025

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    Santa Cruz Main Beach

    0.2 miles away, NNE

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    Cowell Beach

    0.2 miles away, WNW

    Cowell Beach, aka Cowell’s, is the name of the beach west of the Municipal Wharf pier in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. On the other side of the pier is the […]

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    Steamer Lane

    0.5 miles away, SSW

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    Seabright Beach

    0.6 miles away, ENE

    Seabright Beach is a popular sandy beach next to Santa Cruz Main Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Seabright Beach is on state-owned property in that is part of Twin Lakes […]

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    Lighthouse Field State Beach

    0.6 miles away, SSW

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