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West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

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#1 of 25 in Outdoors in Santa Cruz
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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  • Sedentary? Sit in your car, watch and listen to the waves in one of the many cliffside parking spots with a view. Ambulatory? Bring your walking shoes and the right combo of clothes and sunscreen for ...  more »
  • Taking a drive along West Cliff Drive will give you breathtaking views of the ocean. The homes and gardens along the way are also worth this trip. Flowers are blooming and the colors are spectacular. ...  more »

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