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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Long hot walk through the sand...

This place is beautiful, but was less than I had expected. I drove down from San Jose to take some... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chicago, Illinois
Visit the Information Center!

Nice beach - very crowded/busy on holidays (there on July 4th) - but the education/information... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
vallejo, CA
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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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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is beautiful, but was less than I had expected. I drove down from San Jose to take some pictures for my friends and leave a special rock in memory of my friend's mother who passed recently. When I got there, it was a...More

Thank jesihoolihan
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice beach - very crowded/busy on holidays (there on July 4th) - but the education/information center was great! Really knowledgeable people interested in engaging children & monarchs at all stages of development! Very cool

Thank gradtraveler
Reviewed 3 days ago

Depending on the weather and the time of the day you can take some nice pictures here, but I would not drive here just for that, since this is not a big attraction.

Thank Ilya D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Awesome rock formation and nice little beach. Close to town and free street parking nearby. Definitely worth the stop.

Thank chisel007
Reviewed 1 week ago

Star fish, fish, anenomies (sp?), urchin, crabs - all easy to find. The big rock formations are a bit like Hopewell; the details in the beach rocks like a painted canvas.

Thank djlund999
Reviewed 1 week ago

Park on the street before the entrance if you can to avoid paying for the parking. Fun to stroll on beach and over the rocks.

Thank The_Dudes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a smaller beach, but set against the beautiful and picturesque 'natural bridge'. There is a small parking lot where you can park for free for around 20 minutes if you just want to have a look, if you plan on staying, you pay...More

Thank Esty666
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the park to hike and enjoy the nature. We started off at the overlook of the ocean and the lagoon, where we saw variety of birds including nestling Black Oystercatchers and Western Gulls. The lagoon had some additional birds and a nice sandy...More

Thank centralcoastguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is an overlook with parking where you can take a few pictures of the natural bridge or you can go down into the park and spend time on the beach at the natural bridge.

Thank deborah r
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little sandy beach just north of the Lighthouse. Unfortunately due to erosion... only 1-natural bridge left. Still a nice beach to relax/play at

Thank Christopher W
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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