SWFSC Santa Cruz Laboratory - Directions and Parking


The SWFSC Santa Cruz Laboratory is located at UC Santa Cruz's Coastal Science Campus at Terrace Point. You can enter the Coastal Science Campus at the west end of Delaware Avenue, and our address is 110 McAllister Way.


Parking on the Coastal Science Campus is limited. Options include:

  • NOAA lot: We have a single visitor spot available, next to the water towers. At the NOAA parking gate, use the control panel to call your host to let you in. Aside from the single visitor spot, all NOAA parking requires a permit. If the visitor parking spot is taken, you must leave the NOAA lot and proceed to UCSC lot 206 or street parking.
  • UCSC lot 206: North of the Coastal Science Building. Requires permit, available from a paystation in the lot ($1.50/hour).
    More info: https://taps.ucsc.edu/getting-off-campus/off-campus-locations/csc-parking.htmlThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer.
  • Street parking: Park on Delaware or Shaffer and walk in.

You can also take a Santa Cruz Metro bus to the Coastal Science Campus:
https://www.scmtd.com/en/routes/system-map/The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer.

Getting to Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is on the central California coast at the north end of Monterey Bay. It can be reached by taking Highway 17 south from San Jose to the 1-North exit. You can also take Highway 1 south from Half Moon Bay or north from Monterey or Moss Landing.

Map to Santa Cruz

Getting to the SWFSC Santa Cruz Laboratory

Take Highway 1 (Mission Street) to the west end of town.

From Mission, turn south (toward the ocean) on Swift Street. At the stop sign, turn right (west) on Delaware Avenue. Go to the end of Delaware, to the Coastal Science Campus entrance. There is a gate that is open during normal business hours.

UCSC Coastal Science Campus

Enter the Coastal Science Campus and follow the road as it curves left. The SWFSC Santa Cruz Laboratory is the second building on the left.

Map to SWFSC

The main entrance is in the courtyard, past the large water tanks.

SWFSC entrance

Last modified: 2/27/2018