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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Beauty beyond your dreams

Visited this beach twice when we stayed in the area a week ago Santa Cruz, California will never... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
nazkar14
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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One day visit

Was in the area for a business trip and had a few hours to kill so visited here. Nice little walk... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dee S
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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%
  • Poor1%
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“visitor center” (27 reviews)
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this beach twice when we stayed in the area a week ago Santa Cruz, California will never forget it beautiful place

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in the area for a business trip and had a few hours to kill so visited here. Nice little walk (missed the monarchs :( ) saw lots of critters. Beach was quiet. Climbing around the rocks and seeing the tide pools was a blast....More

Thank Dee S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My best friend and I visited back in November on a whim. I really wanted to see the arch and she really wanted to see the tide pools–neither disappointed! I was expecting there to be more than the one arch, but we couldn't find any...More

Thank Suzannah T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited during low tide on New Years Day. It was very crowded but we were able to find parking along the street with a little patience. We explored the tide pools and saw lots of anemone's, some star fish, and crabs. There were a...More

Thank Brooke G
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

We arrived at our hotel/motel in Santa Cruz before sunset the evening before Thanksgiving and asked the person at the desk where we could find the best views. He directed us here. We—and the dozens of other spectators along the cliffs and beach—were not disappointed...More

Thank Carlita62
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Really great place! Wonderful for pictures! Super cute little birds that run back and forth when the waves come in!

Thank Christina H
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Laying in the middle of the wooden walkway, gazing up into an ocean of gently pulsing gold and black wings... soo much relaxation it may be a virtual coma. Be careful of the the iceplant sand walls, otherwise it is pretty amazing.

1  Thank ginger c
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We arrived early and parked outside (I believe it is expensive to bring a camper into the park) and walked down and had our breakfast on the beach. The boys played in the waves and frolicked on the rocky points. Everyone seemed happy and friendly.

Thank Kris J
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Yep, even with a little parking lot. Or you can park down along West Cliff Drive and just hoof your body over there. In the fall see Monarch butterflies flock to the grove at the edge of the beach.

Thank RonCentralCA
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We went specifically to see the Monarch Butterflies overwintering in the park. Unfortunately they had moved down the road a couple of miles, but the staff at the park were very helpful with maps and instructions to find them. There were still butterflies in the...More

Thank reberiffic
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Sharmila2016
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
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123blueeyes
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.
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CaliforniaFrannie
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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
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