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Memorial Day Weekend Update | Due to COVID-19 related concerns, Santa Cruz beaches will continue to be closed from 11am - 5pm and Shelter-in-Place orders will be enforced. For more details on our beach closures please visit: Santa Cruz Beach Closures 

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City of Santa Cruz Beaches remain closed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm during Memorial Day weekend.The Santa Cruz Wharf remains open 6:00 am-8:00 pm- see below for details.

The Wharf parking will be limited by spaces and time. There will be 20 minute parking in front of the businesses that are open for to go orders and curbside pickup. All other parking is not permitted. The Wharf gates will be operational with attendants. The public is advised to pay attention to posted signage to avoid citation and parking fees.

Please wear a face covering while supporting our local businesses’ curbside and to go ordering options. It’s recommend to call ahead or order online!

Foot traffic including walking and exercising is permitted with social distancing standards as well as bicycling.

Fishing is also permitted with social distancing standards but fisherman need to walk, bike or be dropped off.

Beach Street restrooms remain open and the restroom at the end of the Wharf is open for public use.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support of our community and local businesses!

Beaches: Effective May 1 at 11:59 p.m. and in compliance with the updated Santa Cruz County Shelter-in-Place Order issued April 30, City of Santa Cruz beaches will be closed from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily until further notice. Additionally, curfews for Cowell and Main Beach will also be in effect from midnight to one hour before sunrise as stipulated in the City of Santa Cruz Beach Management Plan and in accordance with City municipal code 13.04. 

During the times that beaches are closed, the ocean will remain open for water sports (e.g., surfing, boogie-boarding, swimming, paddle-boarding, kayaking, boating, etc.), and individuals may cross beaches in order to access and leave the ocean. 

During the times that beaches are open, they are to be used only for active recreation, such as running, walking, water sports, or other form of physical activity. All other non-exercise, passive, or sedentary activities at beaches are prohibited. Please continue to observe safe distancing while at our beaches and comply with all posted signs and notices. 

For more information visit Parks & Recreation COVID-19.

List of amenities and park features that have been affected countywide.

Visit our Shopping and Dining pages for online shopping and restaurant take-out information.

Visit the Santa Cruz Fire Department Marine Safety Division webpage for more information.

Restrooms adjacent to Wharf Headquarters and at the end of the Wharf.

A public boat landing is located on the Boardwalk side of the Wharf across from Santa Cruz Boat Rentals.

Download the Wharf Promotions flyer for discounts at Wharf Merchants.

Check out the following videos for some unique looks at the Santa Cruz Wharf! Visit our Surf Cam, Tides & Weather page for more!

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