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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Beautiful place and a wonderful memorable setting.

This was a wonderful New Year Walk along this spectacular beach. We had seen the Monarch... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Full of sea life. Take the walk through.

Amazing sea life amongst the rocks at this place. Enjoyed exploring the rocks. Nice beach coves as... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
David M
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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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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  • Average10%
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a wonderful New Year Walk along this spectacular beach. We had seen the Monarch butterflies and then went to the sand. The scenery is unique. Go there.

Thank CassandraHolly
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing sea life amongst the rocks at this place. Enjoyed exploring the rocks. Nice beach coves as well

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous beach with the natural rock forming a bridge. We heard the sea lions barking, then saw them. There is also a lighthouse that doubles as a surf museum that is worth a look.

Thank Becky H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I stopped here briefly while driving the PCH. The beach was beautiful and the waves crashing on the rock were a great soundtrack. I saw some surfers too. I could've spent hours there if I had time. If anything, stop for a photo.

Thank Jamie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friends and I stayed at an Airbnb just across the road and went to the beach to watch the sunsets every night..it was beautiful ! It's small and quiet enough during the day which was nice to relax and just take in the wonderful...More

Thank Andrea L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've spent many sessions here and love the way the light changes on stormy days or during vivid sunsets. Pelicans, cormorants, and other seabirds cluster at a spectacular sandstone arch. Vast tidepools have anemones, sea urchins and starfish. Late October you'll find clusters of monarch...More

Thank Kekerica
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited last week while cruising down the California coast. I was looking forward to visiting this park due to the photos I had seen online and the parks website which talks about the rock's 3 natural arches. Well, the parking was...More

Thank Melissa L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Better than the crowded tourist scene at main beach by the wharf. 20 minute parking at overlook. All day parking in lot at the sand. Remember to pack out your trash: protect the beaches!

Thank SanMo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can either go inside this area and pay to use the beach or you can park outside for 20-minutes to take some photos and leave. Unique to see.

Thank Feb58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a find..small park with a great overlook. You can enter the park and get to the family friendly beach and picnic area or if you just need to feel the ocean breeze and grab a couple pics, you can pull over into the overlook...More

Thank traveling_jennyd
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when is the best time to visit the beach. I would like to go during the warmest season.
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
Is the park open on Thanksgiving Thursday?
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.
We will be in Santa Cruz this weekend (Oct. 9-12). Are there many monarch butterflies that have returned to park yet? Are there guided ranger butterfly tours this weekend? What about tidepool tours?
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