Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Convenient rentals on the wharf, plus whale-watching and coastal sea-cave tours, moonlight paddles and kayak-sailing trips. Book ahead...
Cowell’s Beach Surf Shop
Rent surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits and other beach gear near the wharf, where veteran staff offer local tips and lessons.
Sanctuary Exploration Center
Operated by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, this educational museum near the beach boardwalk is an interactive multimedia...
With dreamy ocean views, this spot pours California boutique wines, including hard-to-find bottles from around Santa Cruz and Monterey...
Across the street from the beach boardwalk, this locavarian kitchen puts together creative sandwiches such as beet with lemony couscous...
400 Beach St · interesting places nearby
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk information
The West Coast’s oldest beachfront amusement park, this 1907 boardwalk has a glorious old-school Americana vibe. The smell of cotton candy mixes with the salt air, punctuated by the squeals of kids hanging upside down on carnival rides. Famous thrills include the Giant Dipper, a 1924 wooden roller coaster, and the 1911 Looff carousel, both National Historic Landmarks. During summer, catch free mid-week movies and Friday night concerts by rock veterans you may have thought were already dead.
Closing times and off-season hours vary. All-day parking costs $6 to $15.