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West Cliff Drive

Address: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #1 of 31 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Napa, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful place! We parked downtown and rode bicycles. This is the way to go. Parking is very competitive. On a pretty day you may have to walk a ways to get here. There is a nice paved walkway along the bluff directly above the surfers. A small lighthouse was converted to a surfing museum. From these bluffs you... More 

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Aptos, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

West Cliff is awesome. I choose to cruise it by motorcycle but it is also a great place to walk. The ocean views are phenomenal. Most times you will also get to see some great surfing. The homes along the drive are pretty spectacular too. And then there is "people watching." If you are very lucky, you will see whales... More 

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Rehovot, Israel
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

There were very few Monarch Butterflies to be seen. A big disappointment. Should have visited them in Santa Barbara.

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waterford,mi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It's worth a walk down west cliff. People are relaxed, surfers abound in the waters. People are smiling, dogs are swimming and catching frisbees. People are playing music, and what a great place to watch the sunset.

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Walnut Creek, CA
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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Beautiful ocean views. Nice path for bikes or walking. Many benches located in lovely spots. Good job Santa Cruz!

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Pine Mountain Club, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Nothing to dislike. Just wear good walking shoes & sun gear! Walked from Natural Bridges parking lot to wharf for lunch, got blisters, took a cab back.

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Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great place to take a long walk or a short bike ride. Right along the ocean. Joins the downtown/boardwalk area to the far west side. A must do for everyone.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Great place to bike or walk or just sit and relax on one of the benches. Good place to watch surfers. Always an ocean view. Wide sidewalks and it's not too crowded so people can pass one another easily.

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Lafayette, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

easy drive, good overview, not great for parking, but an easy-to-walk path alongside the road makes for an easy stroll

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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's hard to describe the natural beauty of West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Whether you drive along the two+ miles or walk them, you will never forget the ocean views from the cliffs. On one side of the road will be the fantastic Pacific Ocean, on the other side will be a string of lovely homes. There is a... More 

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