Details for Santa Cruz Harbor

Santa Cruz Harbor

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.0 stars from 5 reviews

Address 135 Fifth Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4701


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

16 or 9


Email contact;

Owner, manager


Chuck Izenstark


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Reported September 2013 that they only allow one night transient moorage.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - On the docks.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Commercial diesel is $2.28.


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - Requires an $80 deposit for a key to the bathrooms and showers. Showers are free.


Yes - Requires an $80 deposit for bathrooom and shower keys.



Yes - Nearest little market is Deke's on 334 7th Ave. between Carmel and Dolores, 4 blocks east of the south harbor, about a quarter mile from the harbor office. Small market with deli also.



Yes - Crow's Nest restaurant is above the fuel dock on the east side near the harbor entrance. Aldo's is across on the west side near the harbor entrance. Johnny's Harborside is nearer the bridge.

July 2016 -A ldo's is closed for repairs.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Aquarius Boat Works at the north end of the south harbor, near the bridge.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - On the south side of the harbor there is a store with lots of fishing gear.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Reviews for Santa Cruz Harbor
Happy with our two-night stay, 2015-11-02
Captain: , Annapolis MD (476)

The harbor does not take reservations but if you call the morning of your arrival they will try to hold a space for your boat. Our pier (AA, on the west side next to the restaurant) only had 30 amp power so if 50 is important to you best to confirm with the office, all of whom are very nice folks. Great atmosphere, lots of friendly people, east side has some small shops, restaurants and businesses, west side is next to the gorgeous state beach and closer to Santa Cruz businesses. We had a decent amount of surge while we were there so bring stout lines and, if you are sensitive to it, try to get a space farther in the harbor.

Great stop on way down the coast, 2015-10-11
Captain: , Seattle (110)

Stopped here for 2 nights. Price was $1/ft per night, plus $40 refundable dock/bathroom key deposit. Shower requires $25 NON-refundable deposit for magnetic key fob, making for the most expensive showers we encountered down the coast. Lots to do within walking distance, the Santa Cruz pier is worth a visit when it's open. Lots of great rides, a real California beach town experience.

Great marina, 2014-08-19
Captain: , Newport Beach, CA (420)

Stayed here for six nights as we transited the Pacific coast. Most of the end ties are for transient boats and all have 50 amp 125/250 plus 30 amp power. Seals made the stay interesting between their barking and fighting over their salmon haul. Marina is divided east and west and it's a decent walk from the west to the east harbor where the office is located. No reservations taken, but staff was very accommodating. There is an $80 deposit for each dock key and they charge the card when you pay for the moorage.

my home port, 2013-05-30
Captain: , Santa Cruz, CA (178)

Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor is a CA harbor of safe refuge. It is a well protected harbor. Entrance shoaling can occur after heavy rains, check in during winter months. It is an active harbor for both yachting and commercial skippers. Good food at the water and fairly good facilities. West Marine is a short taxi ride away. Most of the docks are new now and a four or five wide launch ramp which gets quite busy Sat & Sun mornings during salmon season. Sailboats which can not step their mast are limited to the lower harbor which can be windy. The upper harbor extends up a mile from the entrance. Three day summer weekend transients will be limited to rafting on end ties. A Vessel Assist boat is home ported here.

Santa Cruz Harbor, 2012-07-20
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

Good quality harbor with all the basic services. Transient space appears to be limited to T-end tie and stays are limited. Several restaurants located at the marina. No grocery within walking distance.

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