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West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

#1 of 25 in Outdoors in Santa Cruz
Scenic Drive · Hidden Gem · Scenic Walking Area
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 Edition.
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  • We always enjoy walking along the bluff from the wharf down to the state park. Lots of places to take in the views and people watch. If you are not from N Cal you may like the people watching more. I....  more »
  • Always a beautiful drive along the ocean. We took friends from out of town for the drive along the water, finishing at the wharf.  more »
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