“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” – John F.Kennedy
Bright sunshine making the endless sea shimmer; rhythmic ebb and flow of the Pacific tides setting the tone of the sea; surfers surfing enthusiastically and sharing a deep connection with the ocean; seagulls, pelicans and cormorants resting on the sea battered natural bridge making for a delightful view; towering historic lighthouse overlooking the sea adding to the spectacular coastal settings. This is simply the place I want to spend my sun-soaked afternoons, basking in the fresh ocean breeze.
The winding scenic West Cliff Drive stretches for a distance of around 2 miles along the ocean connecting Santa Cruz Broadway and Natural Bridges. You can take a leisurely drive or even walk along the drive where you will be greeted with wonderful views at every turn – gorgeous ocean, Monterey coast, cliffs, and old charming Victorian houses. You can stroll around admiring the panoramic view and enjoy listening to the Aloha song sung by the local singers, at the vista point near the historic surfing museum at the Lighthouse Point.
Though the scenic drive ended at Natural Bridges State Beach, however, the memories of this place will last forever.