Natural Bridges State Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
Westside, Santa Cruz
45 Tips and reviews
  • butterflies
  • low tide
  • sunsets
  • trails
  • picnic areas
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  • Natale B.
    Breathtaking place.
  • Sarah .
    Come at low tide for the tide pools!
  • Flash S.
    Flash SheridanFebruary 12
    Butterflies have left.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithJanuary 2
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a walk in the beach!
  • Pavel S.
    Pavel SirotinSeptember 25, 2016
    Pelicans sitting on the rocks.
  • Penny S.
    Penny SmithJune 11, 2016
    The view is # 1 but the parking is large enough to maneuver easily. Nice beach & soft sand for maximum exercise!
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengMay 25, 2016
    A hidden gem along California's coastline. Stop by during sunset for scenic views of the last remaining "natural bridge" out of the original 3.
  • Nikki C.
    Nikki CozzolaJanuary 28, 2016
    Beautiful local geological formations. My only pet peeve about this place is that I always have creepy men come up to me and ask for my number.
  • Andréa C.
    Andréa CecilJanuary 13, 2016
    Beautiful scenery.
  • Ranger W.
    Ranger WengDecember 23, 2015
    The tiny birds are really funny.
  • cansu u.
    cansu ugurluNovember 13, 2015
    The big stone is soo beautiful.
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChenNovember 9, 2015
    Winter is monarch butterfly season. Bring your cameras.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 26, 2015
    The rock formations here are awesome
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaMay 29, 2015
    Natural Bridges State Beach is a great place to unwind near the bohemian surfer town of Santa Cruz. Read more
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great walking if The beach is low tide
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongFebruary 15, 2015
    Awesome place. Great sunset. Lots of people. Costs $ to park
  • David B.
    David BernalNovember 11, 2014
    Quiet and calm beach with picnic area.
  • Milen
    MilenNovember 7, 2014
    Bridge, not bridges
  • Marek M.
    Marek MineckiSeptember 27, 2014
    Early mornings can be breathtaking... it's just a little over a mile from the pier.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanAugust 15, 2014
    Park on Delaware Ave and walk in 5 min on the wetlands trail. save $10 get this view.
  • Thomas V.
    Thomas VincentJuly 17, 2014
    Very nice and quiet.
  • Nico P.
    Nico PitneyJuly 14, 2014
    Beautiful stretch of beach with dramatic views and lots of rocks to climb
  • Mina K.
    Mina KellyMay 26, 2014
  • David B.
    David BennerMay 19, 2014
    Little windy but a great place to hang at the beach
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DeanMay 6, 2014
    Tide pools are amazing....come at low tide!
  • Nancilou B.
    Nancilou BiscottiApril 30, 2014
    scenic all year long
  • JR N.
    JR NewFebruary 17, 2014
    monarch butterflies in fall and winter!
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DarkJanuary 4, 2014
    Come between Oct & Jan for prime butterfly viewing.
  • Meg
    MegDecember 31, 2013
    Check out Kelly's Bakery and/or Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing after, just down the street.
  • Dee C.
    Dee CappelliAugust 10, 2013
    Tide pool marine life is fascinating at low tide (look for starfish). Photograph and look but don't touch!
  • Barbara M.
    Barbara MatthewsJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    We park on Delaware & head out to Wilder for a quiet west side run.
  • Philipp
    PhilippJune 11, 2013
    Parking on Delaware Ave is for free.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuncanMarch 26, 2013
    Come on low tide. The other beach left of the arch us great.
  • Nico P.
    Nico PitneyJanuary 7, 2013
    "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."
  • Garryn M.
    Garryn MaySeptember 30, 2012
    Get there early in the morning before the park opens and watch the sun rise!
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MendenMay 28, 2012
    Lots of sea life in the tide pools!
  • Nikita S.
    Nikita SuApril 15, 2012
    a quite nice beach suggested by my teacher who grown up at Santa Cruz.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SayerJanuary 11, 2012
    They should post on their website if the monarchs are there or not. Paid 10 bucks for nothing.
  • Erica S.
    Erica SmibertNovember 28, 2011
    Leave your dogs at home for this one, they can't go on beach or trails.
  • Skeeter's T.
    Skeeter's Trans-amOctober 15, 2011
    The Monarch trail is awesome for people watching! (Central Valley tourists, foreigners & Urkels)
  • Sara S.
    Sara StawarzAugust 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Hyrdogen is the most abundant element in the universe
  • Sara S.
    Sara StawarzAugust 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    look for my car in the lot
  • Samantha
    SamanthaApril 25, 2010
    Go there on a bike.
  • Travis W.
    Travis WindleharthNovember 28, 2009
    Great place to see monarch butterflies in season. The caterpillar cage at the center is neat.
  • Marcos Damian S.
    Marcos Damian ScarafoniSeptember 6, 2015
    Vista espectacular. Aguas frías. Hermosa playa.
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