"West Cliff Drive" West Cliff Tip by MDH

West Cliff, Santa Cruz: 5 reviews and 7 photos

  The Surfer Monument on West Cliff Dr. at sunset.
by MDH

This perhaps is one of the city's (and county's) most scenic strips of road. Starting near the Boardwalk and meandering next to the cliffs bordering the Monterey Bay, the road provides you with an almost cinematic view of the bay, the Monterey coast, and the ocean beyond. This is especially true during sunsets.

In addition to the great sea views, West Cliff Dr. is home to some of the city's most elegant residences, featuring old charming Victorian and Edwardian houses to giant multi-million dollar homes. It's vaguely like Newport, Rhode Island's Mansion Row, albeit on a much, much smaller scale!

West Cliff is also a major pedestrian place. Families, couples, skaters, bicyclists, surfers, bladers, and kids alike are all seen strolling along the sidewalk next to the cliffs. Surfers especially flock to West Cliff due to its closeness to Steamer Lane, the city's most famous surfing spot.

West Cliff is also home to the Santa Cruz Lighthouse, now the city's Surfing Museum, and Natural Bridges State Park.

Address: West Cliff Dr.
Directions: Runs next to the coastline just immediately west of the Boardwalk. From the highway, follow the signs that point to either "Boardwalk" or "Beaches."
Phone: (831) 420-6289

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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