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West Cliff Drive

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While my wife and were in Santa Cruz, we drove the West Cliff Drive a number of times. It was a joy... read more

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One of the most beautiful drives ever!

West Cliff Drive is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. It's a must drive when you visit... read more

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Reviewed yesterday

While my wife and were in Santa Cruz, we drove the West Cliff Drive a number of times. It was a joy each time. We saw many many flamingos, what an experience to see them fly by in groups of six to a dozen or...More

Thank WAlker706
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

West Cliff Drive is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. It's a must drive when you visit Santa Cruz. From the lighthouse and the famous surf spot, Steamers Lane all the way to Natural Bridges State Beach it's incredible. Look out onto...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

There is a great 2.5 mile walk from the wharf to Natural Bridges. Or if you in the mood you can ride your bike. The coast is beautiful and there are a couple of places that you can take the stairs down to small beaches.

Thank bcneus
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I had only one day at Santa Cruz and West Cliff drive was the best experience Tips 1. Sunset : It has to be from the Lighthouse area 2. It starts as Natural Bridges beach - you can go to the Vista if do not...More

Thank gaurav2645
Reviewed 5 days ago

Drove along coast. Some of the route was closed for construction. Highway 1 was jammed for a short segment.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 17-year-old daughter and I took bikes along the West Cliff and it was amazing. There is a place where you can climb the fence and get some great photos. Some surfers are actually jumping off the cliffs which I would never do, but they...More

Thank BiancaBunn
Reviewed 1 week ago

I just the love the views, the houses and all the places that you can stop for picture moments. Someday I just might live there....

Thank Karla J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an awesome place to walk or run. The trail runs right at the top of the cliff. If it is not foggy there are great views of the coast.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want some beautiful ocean views while you are walking/running/cycling, give West Cliff Drive a shot. Traffic is not too busy and the sidewalk is nice and wide to pass.

Thank Rhett L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ocean view very accessible. Lovely on both sides of the roadway and easy to drive. Wide trail on oceanside

1  Thank Ppoupore
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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