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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. West Cliff Drive is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Santa Cruz Edition.
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  • Took the family we so enjoyed ourselves this is a definite must so calm and relaxing beautiful view next time I want to take a picnic lunch it just sit there enjoy The View  more »
  • Do yourself a favor and take a leisurely drive, walk or bike along this beautiful stretch of ocean. You can stop at many points along the way, catch a sunset or just breathe in the clean ocean air. It...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful roads that I've ever seen along the coast especially the coast of the Pacific at Santa Cruz California  more »
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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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