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West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

(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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  • Spent several days in Santa Cruz before the holidays. This was my "must do" almost everyday. Beautiful views, loved the turn-outs with benches. Perfect place to watch the sunset. 
  • We take our dogs to lighthouse beach nearby. Parking can be a little difficult. But its always beautiful. I 
  • Watched surfers, chilled on the beach and walked the wharf. Lots of walkable sidewalks and potent of benches to sit on when you get tired. Food is all down by the wharf, so make sure you end up there ...  more »