Natural Bridges State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz: Hours, Address, Natural Bridges State Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Natural Bridges State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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anjelina55
Florida97 contributions
Gorgeous
Jul 2021
My favorite part was the tide pools along the shoreline. Really one of my favorite places on my northern California trip.
Written October 4, 2021
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Dion R
3 contributions
No Showers to Rinse Off
Jul 2021
Small beach with opportunities to tide pool and see butterflies when in season. Unfortunately, the showers aren't working so if you get in the water, you can't rinse off. Also, the ledge that allowed you to get to the northern tidepools has eroded away, so there is only a small area to explore. I will take my collapsible extension ladder next time to get past the small ravine. There is a lot of kelp in the water that may bother some people, but we just ignore it when we boogie board. If parking lot is full, you can park on the street and walk in.
Written July 20, 2021
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mini
Fremont, CA131,327 contributions
Enjoyable trip to Natural Bridges State Park
Jun 2021
we often go to Natural Bridges State Beach. This is a wonderful place to go. This time we went on a Sunday and there were lots of people there. People were enjoying picnics and beach play.

We like to see all the birds on the island.

There is also a butterfly secction where one can walk
Written June 28, 2021
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Fred L
San Jose, CA1,472 contributions
The bridge is the star - Small but nice beach
May 2021
This was our first trip to Natural Bridges State Beach. It was a Saturday and we arrived ~1pm. The parking lot was full so we ended up parking on the street a couple of blocks away. We walked along the trail that runs along the cliff. It was crowded with pedestrians and bikes but the view was beautiful. The beach itself was small compared to other nearby beaches (like Seabright or Seacliff) and it was hard to find a spot with some space relatively close to the water. The natural bridge is the star of the show and It's definitely worth the trip to see it. I suspect that most weekends the beach will get crowded like we experienced. Our girls (6 & 8) enjoyed themselves but my preference is for a larger beach. I can see this as a great spot on less crowded days.
Written June 19, 2021
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Samantha B
Bellbrook, OH14 contributions
Beautiful view if you follow the rules
May 2021 • Solo
Beautiful views for watching the sunset. One night, everyone parked in a circle and then more cars parked in an unmarked center row. Some music was playing from a handful of cars, the sunset was chilly but beautiful. It seemed well orchestrated. Go back the next night, cops were threatening folks parking in unmarked spots, while they were also parked in a no-parking zone enjoying the sunset. Very rude!!!

Advice, get their early and get a good spot. Take a blanket, binoculars and your honey!
Written May 30, 2021
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MsKiesha
Alexandria, VA2,144 contributions
Beautiful and relaxing
May 2021
Beautiful and relaxing! I went to the West Cliff Drive outlook and along West cliff drive because it was more people than I wanted to be around at the time! It was peaceful and clean. I loved just sitting and listening to the waves!
Written May 28, 2021
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dacklc
Louisville, KY10 contributions
Over rated
May 2021 • Couples
Very small and access if difficult. Have to pay $10 to park if you want to walk down to beach and rock area

Walk down for best pics of the 1 natural bridge

It is worth seeing but not more than 1 hour of time is needed
Written May 20, 2021
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dil345
Georgetown, TX928 contributions
Pretty spot, but full of seaweed on the sand
May 2021 • Couples
We sent here looking for tidepools and there were none though tide was out all the way. There was so much seaweed on the beach all over the place we left after less than 5 minutes.
Written May 10, 2021
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Derek G
San Francisco, CA32 contributions
Relaxing, Scenic Beach With Tidepools
Apr 2021
Our group of 4 (2 adults, 2 teens) enjoyed exploring the tidepools, relaxing in the fine-textured sand, flying a kite in the gentle sea breeze, dipping our toes in the foamy water, and taking in the ocean view.

The water was ice cold in late April, so I would not recommend swimming without a wetsuit. There were a few surfers out there taking on the moderately sized waves. I didn't see anyone swimming near the starkly beautiful rock formation that is the beach's namesake, which is probably due to safety concerns. The beach is kept clean, as is the bathroom/shower facility.

The charge for parking was $10.00. Note that masks are required when purchasing your parking pass. The beach was sparsely populated, which gave us the impression that we had discovered a travel destination that is unknown to the hoards of tourists who flock to the Boardwalk beach area.
Written April 25, 2021
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,453 contributions
Family Beach
Apr 2021 • Friends
We’ve visited this beach a couple times and come back for its natural arch but also the tide pools. Parking was available for a fee and city decided to close all the street parking nearby (an annoyance). It you are short on time or don’t want to pay for parking then stop by the overlook. The parking lot is free for 20 minutes. This was also a good starting point for the West Cliff scenic drive or walk.
Written April 5, 2021
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