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Natural Bridges State Beach

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 95060-6257
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Reviewed 1 week ago

$10 parking fee. Go when the tide is low. We saw crabs, sea anemones, sea birds. Lots of fun to check our the tide pools.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Mariejn0250
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed spending about 90 minutes at Natural Bridges State Park. There is free parking that is limited to 20 minutes (gives you time to enjoy the view a bit), or you pay $10 to enter the park. We were fortunate in that a few...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank gypsymamma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the Monarchs are here, a wonderful visit, go on a warm sunny day they will be flying about, the is very nice, and very unusual to Eucalyptus trees in USA. Check on line if the Monarchs are here, the info is accurate and up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Haydn S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only parked in the lot overlooking. One of the natural "bridges" collapsed some time ago so there's only an arch to see. Beautiful crashing waves. Lots of "weed" smell in the parking lot.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Nancy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in the area, worth a stop, but definitely wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 4remeii
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are only butterfly’s at certain times if the year so that was disappointing. Also the charge to get into the park is very high if you only intend to be there for an hour like me. There is 20 min parking outside. The coast...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank HaysConly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a convenient walk from our nearby hotel and a beautiful way to end the day. The rock formations and natural shelves are beautiful. The park closes at sunset.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank cheffieMD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gets crowded, but plenty of areas to set up. The beach is messy. Lots of seaweed and natural debris washes up from the ocean. But it really is wonderful to watch the waves crash against the shore.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Noelle C
Reviewed July 12, 2019 via mobile

We parked our car at the free parking at the entrance of the Natural Bridges State Beach. The views were beautiful. The beach is small. It was very windy at the parking lot. The sea waves were high and strong. We spent about 10 minutes...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank BangkokSachse
Reviewed July 9, 2019

Run of the mill beach, much less crowded than the beaches by the boardwalk (due to paying $10). The one Natural Bridge left in pretty but the second bridge collapsing in the 80's takes something away from this

Date of experience: July 2019
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April 4, 2019|
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Response from 607happytraveler | Reviewed this property |
The time to see the butterflies is past. It is a seasonal time for the butterflies. It was a great butterfly season this year, too. Sorry you missed it.
March 28, 2016|
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Response from Monica_Riehl | 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
November 22, 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.