One of the great things about living on the westside is its proximity to my favorite part of Santa Cruz: Westcliff. Every day—morning, afternoon and evening—students, Santa Cruzans can be found frequenting the beach, surfing, riding bikes, playing with puppies or jogging along one of the most picturesque parts of the already beautiful California coast. My Winter quarter was quite busy and during the sparse free time I did have, any chance of venturing the 5 blocks to Westcliff to relax was inhibited by wet, dreary weather. This spring will be my last quarter at UCSC and I’m not sure if I’ll ever live this close to the beach again, prompting me to take as much advantage of it as I can. You should too!