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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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  • This is a fabulous stretch of coast...from the Santa Cruz boardwalk up to natural bridges, it's just beautiful the whole way. There are plenty of places to stop and take pictures. If you're walking or...  more »
  • This was a great way for the Seniors in our group to enjoy the beauty of California's beaches and scenic views. Lots of good places along roadway to pull over for photo opportunities. The drive was wo...  more »
  • Perfect drive along the Bay Area coast. Secret beaches, including a nude beach, exist hidden along the coast. Only available by local pathways. You'll find the whale blow hole if the water swell is hi...  more »