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West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

(4.8/5 based on 900+ 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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  • Nice views, lots of early morning walkers and joggers but respectful of space and friendly. Good views, nice to hear and see the waves crashing. We walked a long section and then drove and parked at d...  more »
  • particularly at sunset. but flowing with walkers, bikers, skaters all day long. easy walk, not challenging with the Pacific Ocean by your side all of the way  more »
  • Walking, running, cycling, and socializing (particularly by dog walkers) happens rain or shine on West Cliff. Blustery windy days can be just as wonderful as sunny warm days (and easier to park). If y...  more »