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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6257
+1 831-423-4609
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Fun Beach, cool rock formation

Fun Beach, cool rock formation. Go at low tide. Hill in and out is steep sandy. Not for those with... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jeffrey P
Visitor Center and Nice Place on A Summer Day - Natural Bridges State Park

We went to Natural Bridges State Park on a very nice summer day. There were many people at the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
mini33
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Fremont, California
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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tide pools” (121 reviews)
“visitor center” (29 reviews)
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6257
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+1 831-423-4609
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US$125 per adult
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"west cliff drive"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fun Beach, cool rock formation. Go at low tide. Hill in and out is steep sandy. Not for those with physical issues.

Thank Jeffrey P
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to Natural Bridges State Park on a very nice summer day. There were many people at the park enjoying the views, hikes, and being at the Pacific Ocean. We also visited the visitor center. Staff there was nice.

Thank mini33
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is beautiful. Just off shore there is a natural rock formation with a hole in it that looks like a bridge. It is really pretty. The best part though is the walk along the beach towards the tide pools. The rock formations there...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to pick up a tide book from the local surf shops or google the tides for Santa Cruz. We were lucky to be here on the week preceding a full moon. We had negative tides all week. We got to see some interesting...More

1  Thank sejw
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here in the morning and did the butterfly trail . It was so quiet and the water body filled with green had some birds in it . A nice quiet experience

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there at low tide to check out the pools. You have to cross a crevasse and get up and down a ledge to get to the best pools at the north end. I always check on Surfline to find when low tide is to...More

Thank Dion R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice natural structure and worth looking at as you drive up through the coastal area. Don't think it is really amazing it is nice to see but that is all.

1  Thank travellerm68
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Reviewed June 7, 2018

We were traveling down rt. 1 and heard about this state beach prior to our trip and decided to stop. It was very pretty! I know most people would think the hype about it is more than what it actually is, but we thought it...More

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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

We had heard that this was really amazing, but it was just ok. We had driven down highway 1 and had seen a bunch of lovely rock formations. So this was just one more and it was nice, but we must have been there at...More

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Reviewed June 4, 2018

Since it is a state park, you need to pay $10 per car to park. We weren't planning to stay long, just to see the bridge, so we decided to street park and walk in. You can either park along Delaware or Swanton. The state...More

1  Thank Chia2005
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Sharmila2016
March 28, 2016|
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Response from Monica Micah R | 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
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123blueeyes
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.
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CaliforniaFrannie
October 6, 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
Tides: just go...ogle tides [d o t] info Santa Cruz Butterflies: A few, but not many until after Thanksgiving and the first cold snap. You might still see some humpbacks from the cliffs at the UCSC Marine Discovery Center... More
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