West Cliff Drive
West Cliff Drive
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Emerald7775
San Jose, CA10 contributions
Jan 2022
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 bench at almost any point along the way. We love seeing the people from locals to tourists. There are surfers in the water to watch and this time we saw a man creating giant soap bubbles. There is a small museum that I have never been to as well. It's fun to walk, run, bike, skate or just sit along the coast.
Written January 7, 2022
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MichaelMc777
Sunnyvale, CA4,603 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
This one on the best walks in the Bay Area.

The walk has so many wonderful elements. Beautiful views, healthy 5 mile round trip walk, Light house museum, great small beaches, dog beaches, great places to watch surfers up close, interesting architecture, great coffee shop at the church, good local food by the light house, a public restroom, and a great winding walk path.

The sunsets are great too!!

A must!
Written November 18, 2020
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Tom-WCT
Caribou, ME214 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a great drive along the Pacific Ocean. There are numerous places to pull into (although each one isn't very big and it does get crowded) and get great views of the ocean. There are also quite a few fancy homes along the road that have great views of the ocean, I'm sure I couldn't afford one of them! It's a slow, windy drive but only goes about 3 miles. Lots of great picture opportunities.
Written February 7, 2020
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Lisa E
Boggstown, IN11 contributions
Mar 2022
This drive is a beautiful drive of the coast. Parking is a little difficult but once you find a spot definitely take a while watching surfers. We were able to find a spot close to the Surfing Museum. it's a neat place with pictures and cute shirts and surf board keychains to purchase!
Written March 28, 2022
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Jerry H
Monterey, CA61 contributions
Jan 2020
Whether you are walking, riding a bike or gliding along on a Segway, West Cliff Drive provides some incredible views of Monterey Bay. On any given day, you may see marine life of all types, to include Harbor Seals, Dolphins, Cormorants, Sea Gulls, Pelicans and even an occasional whale. Some great surfing spots along the drive as well and watching the surfers ply their skills is almost exciting as being down their with them.
Written February 11, 2020
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Bill R
5 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
The beauty and the sounds of the waves and surf make for a relaxing and peaceful stroll along the Pacific Ocean. And the surfers at Lighthouse Point add a special dimension to the whole experience. Highly recommended.
Written March 5, 2020
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519alice2016
Modesto, CA25 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Driving along the coast by Santa Cruz is an absolute Delight except on weekends. Weekends can be wall-to-wall cars no place to park and hard to actually find a place to stop and look at the water. The rocks and the waves are spectacular, sometimes there are Surfers. I could just sit and look at the water and the waves 4 quite a bit of time especially if you have packed a lunch or have a bottle of wine.
There's a walking path if you're a walker and dogs are welcome. Just find a place to park and enjoy gorgeous central California coast.
Written January 24, 2020
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bg564
Windhoek, Namibia861 contributions
May 2022
It's nice to drive on West Cliff drive any time of year but spring or summer when it is sunny is the best. Find a place to park and walk along the cliff or on the rocks or down to one of the beaches. Great place to spend an afternoon.
Written June 9, 2022
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SaraMSea
Seattle, WA71 contributions
Feb 2020
Soak in 180+ degrees of the gorgeous Pacific coast while walking along a lovely path perched on the cliff. No need to pay for park entrance fees or buy a meal at a waterfront restaurant to get these striking views! Watch surfers, look for wildlife, hear the waves crashing. Bring a friend and a coffee and take your time.
Written February 27, 2020
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Bonnie D
74 contributions
Aug 2020
Beautiful scenery, great views of the wharf, kiteboarders were out, natural arch on 1 of the beachs, saw a whale spout in the distance. Nice relaxing walk on wide paved sidewalk. Almost everyone had a mask on and kept their distance as much as possible.
Written August 19, 2020
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  • Sun - Thu 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM