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West Cliff Drive

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Best Scenic Walk in Town

If you're visiting Santa Cruz, West Cliff Drive should be somewhere in your top 5 things to do. You... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bret W
Santa Cruz, California
I could live here!

This is a Dark Sky Town. I love that! Its idea for Ranching and farming. Its so beautiful you just... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you're visiting Santa Cruz, West Cliff Drive should be somewhere in your top 5 things to do. You can drive it of course, or bike, scooter, or skateboard, but your best value is to walk it. A paved path winds along the ocean side...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bret W
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a Dark Sky Town. I love that! Its idea for Ranching and farming. Its so beautiful you just wanna sit in it and just enjoy your surroundings

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank danakg11
Reviewed 6 days ago

West Cliff Drive runs from the Dream Inn next to Cowell's Beach by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the south to Natural Bridges State Park on the north. Partway along this road is the Santa Cruz Lighthouse which is right next to Steamer's Lane...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alan H
Reviewed 6 days ago

All along West Cliff Drive get great sea views of surfers, whales, tidepools, seastacks, monarch butterfly nesting site, classic cars...This is a Santa Cruz cool-spot! It never gets old even after hundreds of times of running or cruising this route.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank clay582
Reviewed 6 days ago

Does not matter the time of year the views here are all unique and beautiful. A must see. It is not a waist of time.

Date of experience: March 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cliff Drive is an easy, paved walk along the ocean in Santa Cruz. It’s on a cliff (duh) about 20-40 feet above the ocean, so you won’t get wet, except for some places when the tide and waves are high when you might get splashed....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank santacruzer_95060
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to Natural Bridges State Park, parked on the street nearby for free and walked a little here first. It is beautiful, a gorgeous beach and some great photo ops. Then we drove the 2 mile drive along West Cliff Drive which was really...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 825leilab
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most view spots didn't have a guard to protect from fallng off the cliff. We enjoyed our drive but didn't dare to go close because we had small children. I guess the unprotected view would be awesome for adults.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mehrnoushs2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A Santa Cruz visitors' must see. Inspiring rock formations lapped by dancing waves. Not only can you see otters, sea lions, surfers, ride pools, and other aquatic life but also birds of prey and butterflies at both Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges parks. Private coves,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank xysticus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Appearing in establishing shots of many movies, the iconic West Cliff Drive is like the beautiful, well groomed, classic vision of the California coastline, big swells, waves crashing against rocks, rugged shoreline, safety railing, jogging/biking path, and miles of winding cypress lined road dotted with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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26 March 2017|
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Response from Rubythief | Reviewed this property |
Current e-bikes at 131 front has electric bikes and pacific ave cycles at 320 pacific has regular bikes for rent. Current is about 3 blocks from the wharf and pacific is about 6 blocks from the wharf at the start of the... More
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Response from dan g | Reviewed this property |
Nothing I can add that has not been already said. Agree with all other recommendations about Henry Cowell.
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
I live downtown and walk it everyday. From the Seaway, it is 1/2 a mile to Steamers ( Surfer Museum light house looking thing). From there it is another mile , or less, to Natural Bridges. The walk is so beautiful you will... More