Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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  • Address: 2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA, 95060, United States
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8314234609
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Hiking Trail, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Nature, Rides, Landmarks, Natural, Beaches
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About Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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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Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz Reviews

  • Natural Bridges is a jewel of a park. 65 acres and 12 distinct habitats! Thousands of monarch butterflies over-winter here, which is a wonder to behold. Great trails for hiking and birding and, of course, beach access. The visitors center is informative and they have a nice gift shop. The interpretive staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Right at the end of West Cliff Drive -- don't miss it!

  • Great park with access to the beach. The paths are in good condition. There is a Monarch trail where butterflies atop for rest during migration. They say it is like hotel for butterflies during migration. Also at the end of Monarch wood covered trail there is additional trail in the woods near pond. Parking lot is quite big, with direct access to the beach. The beach itself is great, with tidal pool areas that are slightly warmer than ocean. Views on the ocean are great, and if you like it you can visit view point on the park entrance (there is even separate 20 minute parking lot near it).

  • I think is a great spot to take a lot of photos near the waves and the natural bridge. Your able to quickly get up the bridge close to the edge of the water. Very chilly and windy. A good walking distance to get near there. A lot of sand. Not a good place to bring strollers. Near the beach is the monarch trail. Great for walking nearby. Downside is you pay $10 for whole day. We didn't spend the whole day since.there was no monarchs butterflies to see besides a few. There is a 20 minute parking for free near the cliff when your outside the office post.

  • I discovered this beach years ago while in the area on business. During the winter months you can witness glorious and vivid sunsets, clouds and weather permitting. Be sure to have your camera, a tripod and a warm coat. It gets a little cool and breezy there. There is a beach below I've never been on but it always has people on it. There's a couple parking lots there and street parking.

  • There is so much to see! The beach is clean and you can see an abundant amount of wildlife. If you walk across the beach to the bluffs you can see the tide pools at low tide. The tide pools are incredible. Also, if you make it there during the butterfly migration season you will be treated to viewing thousands of monarch butterflies. The trail for butterfly viewing is next to the visitor center. I was told by a ranger that the best time to see the butterflies is around November 1st where there can be up to 10,000 butterflies.

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