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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Enjoyed our West Cliff walk. Overlooks the pier and Boardwalk. Surfers and sea lions. Small lighthouse/Surfing Museum is worth a stop. You can walk or drive to Natural Bridges beach.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Really enjoyed taking our grand-kids walking along West Cliff Drive. Went to the surfers museum at the lighthouse and took in beautiful sea air and views of Santa Cruz wharf and Boardwalk. I wish ther...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Beautiful drive along the cliffs or even a bike ride! Definitely worth a look. Great to go on a nice day  more »
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  • May 10, 2017
    Beautiful place!

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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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