Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This beach, with its famous natural bridge, is an excellent vantage point for viewing shore birds, migrating whales, and seals and otters playing offshore. Further along the beach, tidepools offer a glimpse of life beneath the sea. Low tides reveal sea stars, crabs, sea anemones, and other colorful ocean life.  The park also includes a large area of coastal scrub and grasslands, with bright native wildflowers in the spring.  Moore Creek flows through the park, forming freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh before it reaches the sea.

Recreational Activities

Day use — Natural Bridges State Beach is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast.

- View wildlife: The beach is an excellent vantage point for viewing the remaining natural bridge, as well as shore birds, migrating whales, seals, and sea otters.
- Relax: The sheltered pocket beach between two headlands is also ideal for relaxing and playing in the sand, enjoying the sun, and watching the waves.
- Fly or surf: Frequent afternoon winds take flying kites to soaring heights and windsurfers for an exhilarating sail on the bay. Large winter swells are popular with experienced surfers and boogie boarders.
- Run or bike on the park’s main road.
- Hike: Trails offer hikers a chance to stroll through the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve and the Moore Creek Wetlands Natural Preserve.
- Picnics and sunsets: The picnic area has numerous tables and barbecue stoves. Sunsets over the bay make a spectacular ending to a fun-filled day.

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