The Monterey Bay

A habitat for a variety of marine mammals, sea life and shore birds

Stellar sunsets

The gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

A protected habitat

One of 14 federally protected national marine sanctuaries in the U.S.

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Monterey Bay

Santa Cruz is the Gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary - one of only 14 federally protected National Marine Sanctuaries (and the second largest) in the country. Go whale watching and view these majestic creatures on their annual migration. Or try surfing, sailing, kayaking, take a sunset cruise, boat tour or fishing trip or just relax on the beach. Take a free tour of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, and spot otters, dolphins and sea lions, visit tidepools at a local beach or go explore on your own with a free app. Visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and pet a sea star, or the admission-free Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and discover this amazing underwater treasure. Read more...

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