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West Cliff Drive

West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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denver, co
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140 reviews 140 reviews
27 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This drive along West Cliff is amazing. So many places to stop and view. Great views of the ocean waves, also the blowhole! At the end you'll find beautiful Natural Bridges State Park, lots of beauty and ocean, beach, rock formations. We had a beautiful sunny California days while we were there, and drove along the coast several times. There's... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

While in Santa Cruz be sure to drive the West Cliff Drive for outstanding views and scenery. Stop at the viewpoints to enjoy the sea and the wildlife.

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San Jose, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

If you want to take a nice little walk near the ocean, this is where you do it in Santa Cruz. Park the car on West Cliff, and take a walk to the lighthouse and beyond. Or, better yet, park your car at the wharf and walk the whole drive. It's beautiful and you won't regret it. It's pet friendly,... More

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Danville, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
35 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Click on the interactive map on this page to gain an overview of "West" CLIFF (very appropriately named) Drive! First recognize that Santa Cruz does run West/East at the upper "North" area of sizable Monterey Bay! This makes the shoreline from Natural Bridges State Park to the Beach Boardwalk somewhat sheltered from the direct pounding of the Pacific Ocean! Just... More

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Stanthorpe, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you don't get out and spend time in nature - you miss out on mother nature's wonderful surprises each and every day. I drove along the boardwalk around to the natural arch and stopped a few times and took photos. There are lots of areas where you can stop to take photos. I was time limited so did not... More

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Campbell, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Park on one of the side streets closer to Natural Bridges, and ride East towards the boardwalk. Stop at the Surfing Museum, and then head to the boardwalk for lunch.

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Singapore, Singapore
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76 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Very nice short drive from highway#1 that will bring you to Santa Cruz boardwalk area. Has a few photogenic spots. To access, along highway#1, turn into Swift street and go till end, it will bring you to West Cliff drive.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a nice bit of coastline in Santa Cruz. We rented cruisers from Pacific Cycles and were glad to find there was a shared pedestrian/cycle path. The accessible bit of coastline is only a couple of miles long, so it's a manageable ride, but you'll have to dodge the other people on the path and there are lots of... More

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Damascus, Oregon
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Enjoyed the surfing action! We drove to the end of West Cliff Drive, past beautiful homes at sunset. What could be better? The view of Monterey Bay was spectacular and the drive so beautiful.

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Portland, Oregon
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18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We took a drive around Santa Cruz after enjoying a few hours at the beach boardwalk and came across West Cliff drive. There was free parking and restrooms, but during the busy times you may have to search for parking, especially when surf is up and the surfers are out in force. We walked along the cliff path and was... More

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