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West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

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West Cliff Drive features wide ocean views and sandy beaches, natural rock bridges, dramatic cliffs, a small light house, and bicycle and pedestrian paths. Teeming with wild birds and marine life--which sometimes include whales, dolphins, and sea lions--the area provides a plethora of photography opportunities. Have a coffee and a doughnut at one of the numerous cafes along the way, visit popular surfing spots, or explore the colorful tide pools. You may even stop for a picnic at the beach or in one of the parks. The path is approximately 5 km (3 mi) long, and fairly flat. For West Cliff Drive and beyond, use our Santa Cruz vacation generator to get the most from your Santa Cruz vacation.
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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Most of the accommodations in Santa Cruz occupy a place near the beach and boardwalk. Inns and bed and breakfasts make up most of the selection here, but you'll also find a few motels and hotels sprinkled in. You might consider staying in one of the inns or bed and breakfasts located inside some of the Victorian houses downtown, which lies just to the north. A number of budget motels line both San Lorenzo Boulevard, which is just across Carbonara Creek from the main tourist area by the beach, and Ocean Street a little farther north.
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  • You start at the Boardwalk and take this winding road all the way to Natural Bridges. You can see surfers, bikers, and all other walks of life. There's plenty of parking in case you wanted to stop and...  more »
  • My husband and I visited Santa Cruz for 2 days and had read about the scenic drive. Although it was shorter than we expected, it was nice. The drive has beautiful, & very unique homes on one side of t...  more »
  • Took a drive from the Wharf to Natural Bridges. Very scenic. A few places to pull off, and get out and enjoy the view. We also really liked the houses on this road, as they were lovely and unique, wit...  more »
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  • Beautiful place!