Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 West Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060- Map It
(831) 423-4609

AAA Editor Notes

Natural Bridges State Beach is off West Cliff Dr. It offers many tide pools for exploring. From about mid-October through February it's possible to observe monarch butterflies, which pass through on their annual migration; a boardwalk leads to the grove of trees where they can be spotted. A visitor center offers exhibits about area ecology and wildlife. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
Day use $10 per private vehicle; $9 (ages 62+ per private vehicle).
Hours: Beach open daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center open daily 10-4, mid-Oct through Jan. 31; Fri.-Mon. 10-4, rest of year. Phone ahead to confirm visitor center hours.