Extending out over a half mile into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Santa Cruz Wharf is the longest timber pile pier on the United States coast and one of the longest in the world. Whether viewing whales, dolphins, sea lions or sea otters is your pleasure or watching the local talent rip the break at world renown Steamer Lane is what quickens your pulse, it all awaits at the Santa Cruz Wharf. Take in the view at one of nine restaurants and enjoy the freshest seafood, finest local wines and the friendliest service on the coast or get up close and personal if you like, kayaks, fishing skiffs and standup paddleboard rentals are all available at hourly and daily rates on the wharf. You can also enjoy soda fountain specialties and handmade confections as you stroll the deck, stop in upstairs and sample a tasty local vintage to take home or find that Cruz style garb or gear that looks and fits so well it makes you smile every time you put it on. The Santa Cruz Wharf is the "Gateway to the Bay" and the best kind of place to spend the day.