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West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Categories: Scenic Walking Areas, Scenic Drives, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
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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  • What a beautiful drive with several view points worth stopping for and taking it all in. Parking areas provided at most view points as well which was a bonus for us as we were driving. It was exhilara...  read more »
  • The surfing is interesting but the coastline and scenery is frankly pretty tame, we saw it in a storm but were not impressed. Maybe I am spoiled coming but this was just a bit 'meh' for me! Urban coas...  read more »
  • This is an awesome ocean drive with lots of interesting architecture to see along the way. Highly recommended. 
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