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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Beautiful coastline

Natural Bridges State Beach is a beautiful overlook/beach to see. Only a couple miles north of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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For the Butterflies

Great time to visit is when the Monarch Butterflies are here. Amazing. They have a little museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nicole M
Santa Cruz, California
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A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a bicycle path around the perimeter of the park.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Natural Bridges State Beach is a beautiful overlook/beach to see. Only a couple miles north of the boardwalk and a beautiful walk/run there.

Thank HotPocket505
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great time to visit is when the Monarch Butterflies are here. Amazing. They have a little museum with a bathroom.

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is not much here to see but if you still want to experience it, as I did, then you can allow about a 10 minute stop. When going in the park entrance, cut left and do not pay to go into the park. They...More

1  Thank LeslieinTN
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We returned to enjoy Natural Bridges State Beach Its a beautiful beach park with unique rock (natural bridge) formations. People were playing volleyball, taking walks, and enjoying the park. Cormorant birds were on the rocks.

Thank mini
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This area has good parking the view in my opinion was mediocre. However the drive along West Cliff Drive to get there was spectacular

Thank Luv W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This beach is right in town and has a very nice beach, picnic area and some parking. Not the cleanest of California beachs, but okay. Be careful of the undertow.

Thank jer b
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We are spoiled by the water temperature of east coast southern beaches in August and were not prepared for the shock of cold water at this beach. The natural bridge was interesting to see but the hiking trails were dusty and poorly marked.

Thank susieqRockville_MD
Reviewed 17 August 2017

In addition to the natural beauty, tide-pooling opportunities and viewing of pelicans, dolphins and otters as they go by, the visitors center is filled with fun, interesting and important information.. so talk to the rangers on duty like I did. Did you know Monarch butterflies...More

2  Thank sayyestolife
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I have been going to Natural Bridge beach for more than 30 years... even before the bridge were tearing down by the earthquake

Thank MarkGaby
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We were delighted and amazed when we visited this park in the winter, when the butterflies were abundant. A recent summer visit to other parts of the park revealed a vey popular but still not crowded beach, as well as some rocks and tidal pools...More

Thank roadtrekker
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29 March 2016|
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Response from Monica Micah R | Reviewed this property |
Temperatures change in Santa Cruz at the drop of a hat. Mornings are usually chilly and foggy but warm and clear by noon. Check out last year's almanac for rain patterns but July had some very warm/hot days after 1p.m. I... More
23 November 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
I think so & if not, just park on Delaware Ave. & walk in the back entrance for free! No locked gate to the Monarch walkway or beach.
7 October 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
Tides: just go...ogle tides [d o t] info Santa Cruz Butterflies: A few, but not many until after Thanksgiving and the first cold snap. You might still see some humpbacks from the cliffs at the UCSC Marine Discovery Center... More