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Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California

Natural Bridges State Beach is named for the natural arch in the huge rock located in the shore break here. This is one of the most photographed beach icons in the state of California. The park also offers a monarch butterfly migration preserve and exhibit, picnic areas, hiking trails, an accessible boardwalk, and a great sandy beach. A lagoon forms where the creek backs up and birds pose for photographs in this area. This state park is right on the western edge of urban Santa Cruz. Natural Bridges State Beach is a popular family park with lots to explore including great tide pools at low tide. Consult tide charts to plan your trip if you want to go tidepooling.

The entrance to the park is located where West Cliff Drive ends at Swanton Boulevard. There is a free parking lot next to an ocean/beach overlook at this intersection that is a perfect lookout for whale-watching during the gray migration (Dec-Apr). You can easily walk into the park from this parking lot. If you drive into the park, there is an entrance fee.

Address
2531 W Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Park Name
Natural Bridges State Beach
Owner
State Park
Activities
Tidepooling, Birdwatching, Whale Watching, Sunbathing, Photography
Amenities
Trails, Butterfly Preserve, Tide Pools, Rock Arch, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, BBQs, Lifeguard
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees
Fee for parking in the park. Free parking at overlook lot on Cliff Dr.

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