Natural Bridges State Beach

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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
9.2/10

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    Travis W.
    "Great place to see monarch butterflies in season."(3 Tips)
    Stephanie D.
    "Come between Oct & Jan for prime butterfly viewing."(4 Tips)
    Skeeter's T.
    "The Monarch trail is awesome for people watching!"(3 Tips)
    David B.
    "Quiet and calm beach with picnic area."(4 Tips)
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  • AFAR Media

    Natural Bridges State Beach is a great place to unwind near the bohemian surfer town of Santa Cruz. Read more

    AFAR Media · May 29
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  • Keith S.

    Great walking if The beach is low tide

    Keith Smith · February 26
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  • Tiffany Z.

    Awesome place. Great sunset. Lots of people. Costs $ to park

    Tiffany Zhong · February 15
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  • David B.

    Quiet and calm beach with picnic area.

    David Bernal · November 11, 2014
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  • Milen

    Bridge, not bridges

    Milen · November 7, 2014
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  • Marek M.

    Early mornings can be breathtaking... it's just a little over a mile from the pier.

    Marek Minecki · September 27, 2014
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  • Justin S.

    Park on Delaware Ave and walk in 5 min on the wetlands trail. save $10 get this view.

    Justin Sullivan · August 15, 2014
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  • Thomas V.

    Very nice and quiet.

    Thomas Vincent · July 17, 2014
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  • Nico P.

    Beautiful stretch of beach with dramatic views and lots of rocks to climb

    Nico Pitney · July 14, 2014
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  • Mina K.

    Tidepools!

    Mina Kelly · May 26, 2014
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  • David B.

    Little windy but a great place to hang at the beach

    David Benner · May 19, 2014
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  • Benjamin D.

    Tide pools are amazing....come at low tide!

    Benjamin Dean · May 6, 2014
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  • Nancilou B.

    scenic all year long

    Nancilou Biscotti · April 30, 2014
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  • JR N.

    monarch butterflies in fall and winter!

    JR New · February 17, 2014
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  • Stephanie D.

    Come between Oct & Jan for prime butterfly viewing.

    Stephanie Dark · January 4, 2014
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  • Meg

    Check out Kelly's Bakery and/or Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing after, just down the street.

    Meg · December 31, 2013
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  • Dee C.

    Tide pool marine life is fascinating at low tide (look for starfish). Photograph and look but don't touch!

    Dee Cappelli · August 10, 2013
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  • Barbara M.

    We park on Delaware & head out to Wilder for a quiet west side run.

    Barbara Matthews · July 25, 2013
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  • Philipp D.

    Parking on Delaware Ave is for free.

    Philipp Dorowski · June 11, 2013
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  • Brian D.

    Come on low tide. The other beach left of the arch us great.

    Brian Duncan · March 26, 2013
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  • Nico P.

    "In low tide, hunt for sea stars, anemones. Watch for snowy egrets in the surf, pelicans atop the arch. In winter a eucalyptus grove in the park is home to monarch butterflies." http://buff.ly/VL0pCo

    Nico Pitney · January 7, 2013
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  • Garryn M.

    Get there early in the morning before the park opens and watch the sun rise!

    Garryn May · September 30, 2012
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  • Melissa M.

    Lots of sea life in the tide pools!

    Melissa Menden · May 28, 2012
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  • Nikita S.

    a quite nice beach suggested by my teacher who grown up at Santa Cruz.

    Nikita Su · April 15, 2012
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  • Erin S.

    They should post on their website if the monarchs are there or not. Paid 10 bucks for nothing.

    Erin Sayer · January 11, 2012
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  • Erica S.

    Leave your dogs at home for this one, they can't go on beach or trails.

    Erica Smibert · November 28, 2011
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  • Skeeter's T.

    The Monarch trail is awesome for people watching! (Central Valley tourists, foreigners & Urkels)

    Skeeter's Trans-am · October 15, 2011
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  • Sara S.

    Hyrdogen is the most abundant element in the universe

    Sara Stawarz · August 12, 2010
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  • Sara S.

    look for my car in the lot

    Sara Stawarz · August 12, 2010
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  • Samantha

    Go there on a bike.

    Samantha · April 25, 2010
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  • Travis W.

    Great place to see monarch butterflies in season. The caterpillar cage at the center is neat.

    Travis Windleharth · November 28, 2009
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