Two miles of wheelchair accessable coastline. Walking, cycling, skating, beach.
Two miles of wheelchair accessable "mixed use bicycle path" along the scenic Santa Cruz Coast. Path covers visual and physical access to: Surfing, cycling, skating, walking, tidepools, beach, kite flying, fishing, frisbee, sponge and skim boarding, dogs playing on beach and open fields, sea otters, seals, whales and dolphins and monarch butterflies in season, pelicans, cormorants, seagulls and shorebirds, crabs, sea anenomes, lighthouse, and all ages of people out enjoying themselves. Within walking distance of one end is the Boardwalk and municipal pier, the other end has Natural Bridges state park. Moderate temperature in summer. Bring your camera, binoculars, and whole family including your dog (leash required on path but not on Lighthouse beach). Probably one of the most densely packed nature walks and recreation area in Santa Cruz.
From Highway one or Highway 17 proceed on highway one north towards Mission street. Stay in left lane and proceed thru stoplight onto Chestnut street. Take Chestnut to Laurel, left at the light. Turn right on Pacific street. Proceed past stop sign, uphill. Drive about 1/2 mile on West Cliff Drive and find some free parking near the lighthouse. You can park anywhere and have a good walk. I prefer to park near the restrooms after a long drive.