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Natural Bridges State Beach

NATURAL BRIDGES STATE BEACH: This beach is world-renowned for monarch butterflies yearly migration. During the peak season, from October 15th to February 1st, it is conceivable to view thousands of butterflies.

This beach, with its famous natural bridge, is an exceptional place to view shore and ocean birds, migrating whales, and seals and otters playing offshore. Further, along the beach, the clear tide pools give a peek beneath the sea. Low tides reveal sea stars, crabs, sea anemones, and other colorful ocean life. Tide charts are available in the bookstore.

The park also includes areas of coastal scrub meadows, with bright native wildflowers in the spring. Moore Creek flows down to the ocean through these meadows, forming wetlands in the sand. This is an exquisite place of natural beauty.

  • Restrooms
  • Visitor Center
  • Family and Educational Programs
  • Sand Wheel Chairs Available

CLIMATE: Layered clothing is recommended due to ever-changing weather conditions.
FEES: $6.00 day use parking fee
CONTACT: 831-423-4609

  • Restroom and picnic areas
  • Food, lodging, and supplies close by
  • Visitor Center
  • Family and children’s programs
  • Guided tours
  • Natural Bridges takes phone reservations for school group butterfly tours August 1, 2004/831-423-4609

LOCAL FLAVORS: Right in the middle of Santa Cruz, there is a wide array of things to do in town. From shopping to enjoying a day at the famous Beach Boardwalk and Amusement Park, or the famous Mystery Spot, there is a good selection of activities from which to choose.

  • Santa Cruz Wharf
  • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
  • Steamer Lane/World famous surfing spot
  • Santa Cruz Mission
  • University of California at Santa Cruz

by: Carla Iacovetti
©2006Carla Iacovetti