OPERS sailing students practice tacking

Harbormaster address
135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(accessible via the Coolidge Bridge at the end of Murray Street
Harbormaster phone
(831) 475-6161
dedicated in 1964


The harbor was created, by converting Woods Lagoon in 1963. The Army Corps of Engineers made the breakwater and the county developed the port facility. The Army Corps of Engineers considers it "Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor," the name as it appears on road maps (the AAA maps as one example) and many nautical maps. Most businesses in the area list their address as "Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor." It is also known as "Santa Cruz Harbor." On Google Maps, it is shown as Woods Lagoon. In 1973, the harbor was expanded beyond the bridge to include the rest of the lagoon. Woods Lagoon was named for John Woods, whose property bordered the lagoon. Although the harbor now covers the entire lagoon, Woods Lagoon still appears on some maps.


Paddle boaters at the mouth of the harbor Sailing students at the mouth of the harbor




“A” dock small boat storage rack “A” dock small boat launch “A” dock small boat launch

The slips for boats in the harbor are in high demand.  Some people have waited over 15 years to get a slip.  There is a long waiting list.

If someone in the harbor, who has a slip- sells the boat that is in the slip, the new owner only has the slip for one year. After that time, they must move the boat out of the harbor and go onto the waiting list if they want to rent a slip in the harbor .   Since the slips are rented , they cannot be sold or inherited. IF the ship owner dies, the person who inherits the boat can leave it in the slip for one year.


Public-Benefit Organizations

Restaurants and Cafés


In the upper (north) harbor, guests and visitors are restricted to the metered parking. Parking is enforced 24 hours a day. The good dredge "Seabright"

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