Santa Cruz Harbor

Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Harbor

Harbor Overview

  • Over 800 permanent boat slips for both pleasure and commercial vessels
  • Launch ramp
  • Storage for kayaks, rowing shells, paddleboards, and trailerable vessels
  • Visitor berthing
  • RV campground with hook-ups
  • Scenic walking trails with historical markers about Monterey Bay
  • Restaurants
  • Charter boats for fishing, whale watching, and pleasure cruising
  • Sailing instruction
  • Sea Scouts, youth sailing programs, Save Our Shores, O'Neil Sea Odyssey
  • Harbor Webcams
  • Santa Cruz Harbor


135 5th Ave, Santa Cruz
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(831) 475-6161
VHF Radio Channels 9 & 16
Latitude/longitude of Walton Lighthouse: 36 57 36 N   122 00 06 W

Launch Ramp

  • $17 per day, $13 for car top launch
  • Annual permits available: Launch Fees

of Interest

Harbor Activities

Marina Interpretive Walk

A 2-mile path around the harbor with 12 interpretive stations providing information on fishing, local history, nautical facts, the environment, and harbor facts. Walk, jog or bike.

Santa Cruz Rowing Club

The Santa Cruz Rowing Club promotes recreational and competitive open water rowing in the Monterey Bay area. Santa Cruz Rowing Club

Wednesday Night
Sailboat Races

Wednesday evenings about 5:30 PM from April to October local sailors compete. Watch the races from harbor restaurants or the beach. Or get out on the water yourself and watch from aboard the Chardonnay II.

Free Water Taxi

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, park in the north harbor spaces and take the water taxi to other harbor destinations. 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Water Taxi Map.


Twin Lakes Beach map, Santa Cruz County, CA

Sailing, Sightseeing Tours, and
Whale Watching

Pacific Yachting and Sailing

790 Mariner Park Way, Santa Cruz, CA
(800) 374-2626 or (831) 423-7245
Pacific Yachting and Sailing
Sailing school, skippered charter voyages on Monterey Bay/

O'Neill Yacht Charters

275 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 818-3645   O'Neill Yacht Charters
Sail Monterey Bay in comfort aboard their 65-foot catamaran sailboat.

Chardonnay II

790 Mariner Park Way, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 423-1213   Chardonnay II
Choose from variety of sailing adventures from Afternoon Pizza Sails to Wildlife/Whale Watching Tours aboard the 60-foot Chardonnay II catamaran.

Santa Cruz Whale Watching

Stagnaro Charter Boats
(800) 979-3370   Santa Cruz Whale Watching
3-4 hour whale, dolphin, and sea life excursions aboard the sleek 60-foot Velocity. Full service galley, interior high back seating, spacious deck.

UC Santa Cruz Community Boating Center

Mariner Park Way, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 425-1164   UCSC Community Boating Center
UCSC Community Boating Center connects students and community members to the Monterey Bay through the sports of sailing, rowing, and kayaking.

Kayaking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Kayak Connection

413 Lake Avenue #3, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 479-1121   Kayak Connection
Rentals: Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, boogie boards, wetsuits, gear and accessories
Lessons: Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding

SUP Shack

2214 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
Located in the Crow's Nest parking lot at the harbor
(831) 464-7467   SUP Shack
Stand-up paddle board rentals, instruction

Covewater Paddle Surf

726 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 600-7230   Covewater Paddle Surf
Stand-up paddle board rentals, classes at Santa Cruz Harbor

Fishing Charters

Reel Sport Fishing

Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 212-1832   Reel Sport Fishing
Deep sea sport fishing aboard the 30-foot Island Hopper, fully rigged.

Monterey Bay Charters

Dock "S", Slip 22, Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz, CA
(888) 662-9800 or (831) 818-8808   Monterey Bay Charters
Ocean fishing aboard their 32-foot Sport Sedan with an enclosed cabin and all the best equipment.

Chartle Charters

Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 336-2244   Chartle Charters
Custom charters and guided fishing aboard a 34-foot Hatteras Sportfisher.

Captain Jimmy Charters

"S" Dock, Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 662-3020   Captain Jimmy Charters
Sport fishing aboard a 31-foot Island Hopper, fully outfitted.


Santa Cruz Harbor Restaurants

The Crow's Nest

2219 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 476-4560   The Crow's Nest
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Panoramic views of the harbor, lighthouse, and wharf.
Downstairs dining room and upstairs is the Breakwater Bar & Grill.

Aldo's Restaurant

616 Atlantic Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 426-3736   Aldo's Restaurant
Breakfast and lunch
Watch the boats come and go from the harbor as you dine.

Johnny's Harborside Restaurant

493 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 479-3430   Johnny's Harborside Restaurant
Fresh seafood, full bar, lunch and dinner, brunch on weekends
View of the harbor

Cafe El Palomar

2222 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 477-0371
Mexican restaurant, full bar - breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overlooking the harbor

The Kind Grind

2222 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 476-9136
pastries, coffee, sandwiches, smoothies
Looking out on the beach and harbor

Non-profit Organizations

O'Neill Sea Odyssey

2222 East Cliff Drive, Suite 222, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 465-9390   O'Neill Sea Odyssey
4th - 6th grades students board a 65-foot catamaran and sail the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary learning about the marine habitat and the relationship between the living sea and the environment.

The Clean Oceans Project

333 Lake Avenue, Suite D, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 476-8267   The Clean Oceans Project
Their mission is to eliminate plastic pollution from the world's oceans.

Save Our Shores

345 Lake Avenue, Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 462-5660   Save Our Shores
Working to reduce pollution on our shores and oceans.

Walton Lighthouse, Santa Cruz Harbor, CA

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