Natural Bridges State Beach

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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mini
Fremont, CA204,995 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We had a good time visiting Natural bridges state park again, This is a beautiful park. The surfers were out in force as the waves were crashing in. There are good place for beach play, picnics, hikes. There is a visitor center. Also seasonally there are paths to see the monarch butterflies.
Written January 11, 2021
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pzavella
16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
I’ve been here many times and it’s always windy and cold even during summer when the sun is shining. So be prepared with jackets and other things to keep warm. There is a nice area to grill food nearby and the tide pools are lovely. You can climb the rocks and the pools reveal all sorts of colorful sea life. My favorites are the tiny crabs. This is one of my kids’ favorite places even as adults.
Written February 10, 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA204,995 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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MJ S
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve

What an amazing place! One of my childhood favorites. I remember coming here for field trips and thinking how amazing it is to have this so close at our finger tips. Being a local Realtor in the area, I wanted to start posting some helpful insights and photos of the local places to explore. The best of all is that they are free, unless you want to pay to use the park for the day. However, as a local I park outside and walk in to enjoy all the goodies this place has to offer.

If you love the beach and the outdoors, you’ll most likely end up in Santa Cruz. Natural bridges is located on the west side of Santa Cruz, at the end of the beautiful west cliff drive and Swanton Blvd.

They are a park and a beach with public access to tide pools. It is best to go during low tide to really see what this place has to offer: star fish, shore crabs, sea anemones, and other colorful ocean life. Moore Creek flows through the park.

This lovely place is also the home to the Monarch Butterflies. They have a store and a museum in the park with some history on the animals and these butterflies. It is a great place to take your kids and family to get some fresh air and beautiful views.

Have a great weekend!
Written February 8, 2022
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Jerry H
Monterey, CA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Easily accessible and wide beach area to enjoy sun bathing, games on the beach and the great views. A perfect spot for families and large groups to enjoy the beach life. Even during January you can find some mild days to enjoy the beach.
Written February 11, 2020
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F W
Saint Louis, MO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
One of many beautiful little spots along the Central Coast that can be reached easily. This is located right in north Santa Cruz off West Cliff Drive. There is a car admission fee for parking, but for a quick visit, but you may find some street parking outside the gates. The beach itself is huge and a nice one for kids to play on. The tidepools are a bit tricky to get to as you have to climb up on to a rock shelf to access them (not great for small kids), but the rewards are many! There are nooks with lots of sea anenome and other creatures to be seen. Just wear beach shoes with tread or tennis shoes as it is slippery and fall would most definitely result in bleeding. The natural bridge goes without saying...but I will...it's gorgeous. Had the tide been farther out we would have gotten closer to it. Unless you're coming for a day-long visit, you only need a couple of hours to explore (come at low tide for the tidepools).
Written June 10, 2024
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grits4
North Carolina291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The beach area was nice for families and the natural bridge we saw was picturesque. There were shaded picnic areas available. Adjacent to, and at the end of the parking lot, was a trail in which you could see monarch butterflies during the time of our visit. Though most had begun migrating on their journeys, we did see a few. The nature path was interesting and kiosks were informative. This was a nice stop along our coastal exploration. We spent about an hour and a half here.
Written February 29, 2020
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Jan S
Oakland, CA541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is my favorite state park because of the Monarch butterflies that you can see there. The guide was at the place where the butterflies were and he explained their life cycle. It was amazing to see them. Then we drove to the beach lookout. A beautiful view! Many people were on the beach and in the water. A worthwhile place to visit!
Written January 19, 2022
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mini
Fremont, CA204,995 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went to Natural Bridges State Beach on a very nice warm February day. This is a nice beach area. The natural bridge rock area is scenic. There is picnic tables and places to take a walk.
Written February 28, 2020
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Jason_Tinley_Park
Tinley Park, IL138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This is nice secluded beach, and there are some rocks you can climb on to see some small tide pools. There’s a boardwalk that goes for about 1/8th of a mile down into a valley. There’s the main attraction - the large natural bridge rock formation. But that’s really it. We were there on a Wednesday at about 10am and the visitor center was closed. There’s nothing wrong with the place - just not as much to do as we thought and probably not worth the admission price.
Written August 7, 2022
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