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Natural Bridges State Beach

Outdoor Free
Bird Watching, Hiking Trails, School Trip, Healthy/Active, Touristy, Green
2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
URL: Natural Bridges State Beach...  Phone: 831-423-4609

Activity Overview

The Natural Bridges State Beach is so called due to the impressive natural bridge which sits over a section of the beach. This bridge is regularly covered in sea birds and these are not the only wildlife you can see here. Butterflies and abundant sea life regularly populate the area.

Things to Do

  • The beach and the state park which surrounds it is home to a wonderful variety of plant and wildlife. First of all out in the ocean you may be lucky enough to see migrating whales, seals and otters. In the tide pools you can find sea stars, crabs and other creatures that usually dwell at the bottom of the sea.
  • The park itself has many beautiful wildflowers along with abundant grasslands. Moore Creek allows you to experience one of California's wet and marshlands
  • The area of Natural Bridges is particularly famous for the migration of monarch butterflies which takes place here.
  • The best time to see this spectacular annual event is between mid-October and late January. During this time public tours of the Beach are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm. Meet at the Visitors Center to take advantage of these tours.

Natural Bridges State Beach Insider Tips

  • Remember that camping is not allowed on this Beach. It is open for use at 8:00 am and closes at sunset.
  • Bring along a picnic to the Beach; you can enjoy a lunch at the special picnic area surrounded by eucalyptus and pine groves. Picnic tables, barbeques, water faucets and restrooms are provided.

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