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West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

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#1 of 25 in Outdoors in Santa Cruz
Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Scenic Drive
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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 Edition.
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  • Nice drive around the coast - frequent stops at a lighthouse (it’s a surfer museum) and beautiful views of the cliffs - many surfer around 
    Nice drive around the coast - frequent stops at a lighthouse (it’s a surfer museum) and beautiful views of the cliffs - many surfer around  more »
  • We love driving and walking along West Cliff. It starts just after the boardwalk and ends at Natural Bridges beach. There is free parking along the way, so you can stop, walk, or just sit on a... 
    We love driving and walking along West Cliff. It starts just after the boardwalk and ends at Natural Bridges beach. There is free parking along the way, so you can stop, walk, or just sit on a...  more »

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