West Cliff Drive is a scenic, 3 mile walking and biking path along the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz where you can watch surfers, have the chance to spot sea wildlife or just admire this unique ocean view.
Begin your journey at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and head past the iconic Santa Cruz Dream Inn to watch among the best surfers in the world catch a wave at world-renown Steamer Lane. If you like you can benefit from a little surfing history at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum or hunt up whales and dolphins at Lighthouse Point. West Cliff Drive ends at Natural Bridges State Beach, home of the Monarch butterfly during wintertime. For a hike that covers almost a 6 miles round-trip, just turn around and head back. West Cliff Drive is wheelchair accessible and is popular with locals and tourists alike.