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West Cliff Drive

Address: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Santa Cruz
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

West Cliff Drive runs along the cliffs right at the edge of the ocean. You have spectacular ocean views to the west and beautiful homes on the east side of the street. Whether you want to take in the sights from your car or whether you want to get out and walk (you can walk all the way down to... More 

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Hammond, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Being from the south, the most we usually see of water is the gulf. Beaches of Biloxi and Bama a lot of the times can get murky and dull. Seeing water that blue, and the amazing cliffs are just mind blowing. Be careful as it's enough to make you immediately want to pack up and move.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a beautiful walk next to the ocean. We walked there in the morning and in the late afternoon, and both times there were lots of surfers to watch. There is a small Surfing Museum partway along but they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There is some parking in lots and on the street along the way but... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

always a great walk or bike ride along the ocean. Great views of the ocean and landscape. Must do if you are in Santa Cruz. Be sure to stop at the lighthouse which is now a surfing museum and to watch the surfers there.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Walk along West Cliff Drive is always nice - no matter what the weather, or time of day. It is fabulous on a full moon night.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Waves, surfers, small beaches, dolphins, whales, otters, sea lions and stunning views of Monterey Bay. The paved walkway is about 4 miles long and stretches from The Dream Inn above the wharf all the way to Natural Bridges State Park. There's not a bad view anywhere. Can be crowded in the summer but usually only between the Wharf and the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a paved walkway with the most beautiful views of the ocean and Monterey Bay. There are always others enjoying the path but you do have to be aware of those on bikes or runners.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A lovely and lengthy walk or drive, along the coast line where surfers are prevalent, with beautiful views!

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is kind of the community park for the West Side. Beautiful walk along the cliffs for 2.5 miles. You can drive along it too, but the best way is to get out and walk. Probably my favorite place in Santa Cruz.

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

There are s few spots on this road where you can stop and look out over the water. We saw Dolphins! There are beautiful homes, some bed and breakfast inns and a state park at the end. It doesn't take long to drive it and it's a beautiful view.

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