Secret Spot at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle visit the Santa Cruz Garbor

With a big rain storm approaching the Bay Area, Brian and I decided to head out to our secret spot for some fun in the rain.  The Santa Cruz Harbor is one of our “go to” rain camping spots because of the closeness to restaurants and the full hookups so we can run the electric heater to stay toasty warm.

Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park

We planned to go to Seacliff State Beach for the weekend to enjoy the big rain storm in our RV. Discovering they had closed Seacliff State Beach RV beach parking due to high waves, we sought another location and found ourselves getting a spot at the Santa Cruz Harbor RV parking. We were lucky to get the last open spot for Friday and Saturday night. Spots here are $52 a night and include full hook ups. We have come here many times before and really like the location as it is close walking distance to a few of our favorite restaurants,the Crow’s Nest and the Harbor Café .  The location of the RV Park is on the Northeast corner of the North Harbor. We were able to the get the end spot, nice and quiet. There are some wonderful walking paths here and the place is dog friendly!

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The Crow’s Nest

One of our favorite place to eat in Santa Cruz is the Crow’s Nest.  It has a great happy hour and spectacular view of the sunset over the Monterey Bay.  It’s a 15 minute walk from the RV so we forged through the high wind and the rain.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle walking to dinner in the rain at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Enjoying a walk in the rain – Heading to dinner

The Crow’s Nest bar was packed and there were no open tables in the bar area. This friendly group of strangers invited us to share their table with them, after a few drinks, they were no longer strangers and quickly became friends.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle meet new friends at the Crow's Nest in Santa Cruz

New fiends Kristie, Tom, and Alan

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle vist the Crow's Nest in Santa Cruz

Breakfast at the Harbor Cafe

Heading to breakfast to the Harbor Café, just a short hike to the restaurant.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle walking to the Harbor Cafe in Santa Cruz

The outdoor seating was closed due to the rain, so they had limited seating options making the wait time longer than normal.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle waiting at the HaArbor Cafe in Santa Cruz

This guy makes some great dishes. He smiled all morning long, until you put a camera in front of him.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle waiting for breakfast at the Harbor Cafe in Santa Cruz

Brian’s frittata dish and my artichoke omelet. The dishes are so hearty here! The 45 minute wait time was worth the wait and the food was delicious.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle eating breakfast the Harbor Cafe in Santa Cruz

The Big Rain Storm at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle waiting for the rain at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Saturday afternoon our friends Marion and Rich stopped by for a few drinks and to say hi. Thank you Marion and Rich for the oilcloth tablecloth they gave to us a few months earlier! Exactly what we needed and you can see it is getting some great use!

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle visit with Rich and Marrion at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle at the Santa Cruz Harbor in the rain

A view of the walking paths and RV spots.

Things we Learned

  • The Harbor Café continues to exceed our expectations, in both food and service. Their $10 mimosas and Irish Coffee seem expensive but they are worth it for what you get.
  • Trying to make reservations for the Santa Cruz Harbor over the phone is difficult and it is best to drive by and speak directly with the RV Park Host, Mark.

Dates Visited

October 14-16, 2016

GPS Coordinates

36.972461, -121.998571

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