With more than 35 miles of trail, you can adventure into the Santa Cruz Mountains or walk along the coastal bluffs. Head half a mile down Old Cove Landing Trail to the scenic overlook above Wilder Beach, a snowy plover preserve. Just beyond, you’ll find Old Cove Landing, where schooners anchored in…
Stunning beach hike over the cliffs facing the Pacific Ocean, beautiful coves to explore. Take a picnic and a frisbee. Dress comfortably as there are some steep steps when walking down to the beach areas.
A bit more relaxed than West Cliff Dr. A stunning walk. Make a day trip of it and go visit the Whaler's Cafe and Bakery in Davenport. If you want to go further up Hwy 1, check out Ano Nuevo.
Was actual working ranch right on the Pacific so every ecosystem there from coastal cliffs to bike ride on the Pacific, hiking through forested area, visit the old ranch buildings and ranch cats .
From Natural Bridges look up route to Wilder Ranch bike pathway on google map. Wilder Ranch is 1 mile north of Santa Cruz pathway parallels Hwy 1.
“Nice beach, tide pools, nature center. Also is a monarch butterfly migration destination Oct-Feb each year.”
“This microbrewery makes organic beers & serves them in a dog-friendly taproom with eats & a garden.”
“Cool area where you can sit outside, other shops and eateries, including a brewery and a wine tasting room in walking distance. It's a little courtyard. The pastries are amazing here. Fresh salads.”
“Great family fun, rides, games, food and of course the beach. Only a 15 minute drive from Aptos.”