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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, California 95060 USA

Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Sun 8a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • No Public
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“Outdoors & Recreation in Santa Cruz, CA”

Natural Bridges State Beach is a 65-acre California state park in Santa Cruz, California in the United States. The park features 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.HistoryThe first inhabitants in the Santa Cruz area were small groups of Native Americans. The Ohlone were a semi-nomadic tribe that hunted game and marine mammals and supplemented their diets with shellfish, fish, edible roots and shoots, acorns, nuts, and seeds. The Ohlone raised medicinal plants and herbs. They made tools from locally found stones and shells. Their crafts included shellfish jewelry and baskets.The displacement of the natives began with the Spanish colonization of the Americas when missionaries and soldiers brought the Ohlone into the missions. The population of Native Americans was greatly reduced by European diseases to which they had no resistance. Governance of the area was transferred from Spain to Mexico after the Mexican War of Independence. The citizens of Mexico used what is now Natural Bridges State Beach as pasture land for their cattle. California became part of the United States after the Mexican-American War.

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June 14, 2019
Rated 2.0

Great views. No dogs allowed.

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June 14, 2019
Rated 4.0

Very calm and interesting place. Wasn’t too crowded. Didn’t get to go on the beach because dogs are not allowed. This location should not have a pet friendly badge-needs to be changed.

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June 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

Beautiful...nice open area for walking along the beach and look out over the water. The sound of the water hitting the rocks was so relaxing in the cove.

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April 25, 2016
Rated 4.0

Really pretty, really cool! Can be very windy so be sure to bring a blanket or sweater and beware of the strength of the water especially around the cove.

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January 01, 2015
Rated 3.0


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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 West Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, California
95060 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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