Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

About Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz - Address, Phone Number

Address: 2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

Phone: +1-8314234609

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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The 65 acre Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz is so named because the state park used to form a natural bridge connecting the other side of the beach. Some parts of this natural beach can still be seen standing till date, though a majority has been lost to the tides of time and water both. The park provides innumerable opportunities for hiking, swimming, scenic walks and thrilling surf rides. It is also home to the Monarch butterfly from October to February, and one can expect large number of people visiting the park for a glance at these beautiful creatures.

Natural Bridges State Beach Information

  • Reach by public transport or find a free parking nearby as only paid parking is available inside.

Natural Bridges State Beach Ticket Prices

  • Entry is free.
  • Parking is paid.

Natural Bridges State Beach Opening and Closing Hours

  • Park Hours: 8:00am – Sunset
  • Visitor Centre: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Check official website for detailed timings of upcoming events and tours.

How To reach Natural Bridges State Beach by Public Transport

  • Bus 03 stops at Delaware & Natural Bridges bus station.
  • Rent a car/taxi.

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  • This is a really great park. It has some good wheelchair and stroller friendly areas. The natural preserve is very pretty and has some nice interpretative kiosks. The Visitor's Center has a cute shop and some fun info on the local flora & fauna. Their specialty is the monarch butterfly migration. The beach is really nice with very soft sands and the waves weren't too strong. If you catch the rides right, the tidal pools aren't too challenging to get out to. The only real downside is that parking is limited, so it can get tight later in the afternoon.

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  • I went with the most beautiful lady in the world. On a beautiful day. To see the beautiful Monarch butterflies on migration. Greeted by a nice and pleasant knowledgeable staff in the welcome center. Even provided some tasty apple to us. Such a nice and peaceful relaxing way to spend part of the day.

  • This place is a quaint place without the big crowds and a commercialized atmosphere. In fact, you have to bring your own food to enjoy your longer stay in the beach. The view of the place and the ocean is spectacular. The beach front is pretty spacious to spread a blanket for yourself or for the family to just relax or enjoy the waves.

  • This is a very beautiful beach! And yes i know it is gorgeous no matter what but it is BEST on a sunny day which Santa Cruz has trouble in getting as it is a foggy city! You have a couple things here! You have the overview of the natural bridge, then you can park inside for a fee where I would suggest ark outside on the curbs which is cheaper even if you have to walk further. There are large bathrooms with benches inside for those of you who are brave enough to swim and need to change as well as an outside shower! The beach, however, is filled with people enjoying their day and for this I wouldn't give 4 stars but everything else this place has to offer is better! You can start heading to the rocky path that hugs the shoreline to the right and if you keep heading that way you will come to tide pools where you can see numerous sea creatures! Starfishes, crabs, sea snails. And no, there are no sharks in the tide pool unless they are some sort of liquid sharks. Actually just the idea of a liquid shark is quite terrifying if you think about it! A shark that can be solid and liquid at the same time! Anyways back to this beach. It's a nice beach and it is far less crowded than Santa Cruz boardwalk beach!

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  • Butterflies are awesome. Very pretty beach though only one of the bridges remains. Down the butterfly trail, those dead orange leaves are butterflies. Eucalyptus smells great

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