The Monterey Bay is one of only 14 federally protected National Marine Sanctuaries in the country. There are many ways you can enjoy the bay, including whale watching, surfing, sailing, kayaking, taking a sunset cruise, boat tour or fishing trip or just relaxing on the beach. Dive lush kelp forests or spot otters, dolphins or sea lions off the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. View grey whales on their annual migration through the sanctuary, visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and pet a sea star or explore tidepools at one of Monterey Bay's many beaches. Read more...
Touch a shark, marvel at a whale of a skeleton, dive into the latest discoveries in ocean science. Exhibits, aquarium, daily tours, touch pools & Ocean Discovery Shop. Come explore your ocean!
Adventure Out is California's premiere outdoor school specializing in surf camps, rock climbing classes, backpacking trips, mountain biking and wilderness survival skills instruction. Our mission is to share decades of wilderness experience while achieving our wildest adventures in the outdoors. We offer open-to-the-public trips and classes, private lessons and group programs such as corporate retreats, team building and private parties.
Access with tickets only Dec.15 - Mar 31: Naturalist-led tours venture into elephant seal breeding rookery Dec. 15 - Mar. 31. For reservations call 800.444.4445. April 1 - Nov 30, self-guided access by permit only (avail. at park). Seals present year-round.
Bring someone special or the whole gang for a private sail on the only classic charter boat in Santa Cruz. "Sarah" is a true classic, designed over 110 years ago built in wood and launched 2005. We are priced to be affordable for two, but we can take up to six. There is no better way to experience the Bay.
Voted Best Surf School of Santa Cruz! Learn to surf or standup paddle with the best! Lessons and rentals daily, year-round. Open or private groups, semi-private and private lessons available.
Delicious desserts, pastries, salads, sandwiches & more
Across from beach & wharf, beautiful gardens.
Stained glass windows & over-sized spas available.
Kayak tours & rentals daily, beginners welcome!
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