Natural Bridges Beach

Phone (831) 423-4609
2.5 stars from 1 reviews
Address Swanton Blvd & W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95067
Popular with tourist, Natural Bridges is a beautiful off West Cliffs Drive good for swimming and exploring tidepools. The beach is named for the cliff section where waves crash through a hole.

• Facilities: ADA Accessible • Facilities: Bathrooms
• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: Shady
• Type: Tide Pools • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Fees For Parking • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming

Full Description
Natural Bridges State Beach is a 65-acre state park with a natural bridge across a section of the beach. It is also well known as a hotspot to see monarch butterfly migrations. The Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve is home to up to 150,000 monarch butterflies from October through early February.

Natural Bridges State Beach is open to year-round recreation including swimming, surfing, hiking, nature walks and picnics. The beach is small and sheltered. The afternoon winds attract kite flying and wind surfing. The beach is open to surfing and is busiest during the winter when large swells wash up onto the shores of Natural Bridges State Beach.

Hiking trails pass through the Moore Creek estuary and the Monarch Butterfly Nature Preserve. Guided tours of the butterfly preserve take place on weekends during the fall and winter. Tours of the tidal pools take place year-round as do nature walks.

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Grayson G
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 54
Likes Received: 7
This is a nice spot if you want to see the rock in the water with a hole in it, occasional whales, or if you want to go in the tide pools. Other than that I don't really like it. It is cold and windy all the time. Even on a bright and sunny day, down at natural bridges beach, it will be cold and windy. The wind is terrible on the beach. Sand gets everywhere, and it just makes the experience less enjoyable.
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