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Marine Sanctuary Center

Please call (831) 462-5660

Dedicated to protecting California's majestic coastline and the fragile marine resources of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Marine Sanctuary Center located at 345 Lake Avenue. Open seven days a week, 10 am to 4 pm.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races

April to October

From April to October, each Wednesday night local sailors get out during the early evening to compete and have fun, with the emphasis on 'fun.' Join in on the Chardonnay II, Pacific Yachting. This is an event that packs the harbor with visitor spectators. The harbor's restaurants and beach are especially good viewing areas. Bring your camera or video camera, and beach blanket, and spend a delightful evening watching the sails parade in their full glory against the setting sun. 5:30 pm

Marina Interpretive Walk

(831) 475-6161

Walk, jog, or bike the popular and educational two-mile path around the harbor. Twelve colorful interpretive stations are placed along the way to inform you on subjects such as fishing, the environment, and harbor wildlife, local history, and nautical facts. Call (831) 475-6161 for information.

Hot Competitive Volleyball


The harbor beach has four regulation-sized volleyball courts. Doubles beach volleyball and family games are always happening. Dig it- spike it- or spectate!

Circle Trail


Hike the Circle Trail, part of the county-wide system of wilderness and open-space trails. Trail starts on the west side of the harbor and travels through Arana Gulch.

Free Water Taxi

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Park in the north harbor metered spaces and take the water taxi throughout the harbor. Weekends and Holidays, 11 am - 6 pm, and during the Crow's Nest's Thursday night beach barbecues. The ride is FREE!

View the Water Taxi Map

Santa Cruz Rowing Club

Year-Round Club Activities

Learn more about the Santa Cruz Rowing Club . This club is dedicated to promoting recreational and competitive open water rowing in the Monterey Bay area.

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