Latitude: 36.9517 Longitude: -122.0266.
Santa Cruz harbor, California
A few minutes from downtown Santa Cruz is the small boat harbor. At the end furthest from the sea is a small boat launch area (500 lbs maximum) for which there is no charge. Parking is 75c per hour. We launched our single and double Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks and paddled around the larger boats until we reached the lighthouse at the mouth of the harbor. There are kayak rentals in this area as well as the Boardwalk, a couple of miles up the coast. Kayaking here offers good views of the amusement park, residential areas, and of course the huge number of seals and sea lions, birds, and surfers (with which there is some tension over kayaking in "their" waves.