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Natural Bridges State Beach occupies 65 acres of prime real estate on California's Central Coast. It's a fantastic place to soak up the Golden State sunshine and peer into colorful tide pools that offer a glimpse at the vibrant underwater ecosystem. Offshore, you could spot seals, otters, and migrating whales. The park is also an important winter sanctuary for butterflies, with thousands of Monarchs migrating down the coast to settle in the eucalyptus groves.

The park is named after the unique mudstone rock formations that were carved over millions of years by the Pacific Ocean. While there were once three arches, today just one remains. Planning a Golden State road trip? Book an RV in Santa Cruz County and you'll enjoy the freedom to explore California at your leisure. Beach-hop along the coast or head inland and visit famous national parks like Yosemite, Sequoia, and Joshua Tree.

Getting Outdoors

The beach is the main draw at Natural Bridges, luring you with soft sand and crystalline water. Spend the day relaxing on the sand or take a stroll along the beach at low tide to discover a treasure trove of tide pools. Most are filled with sea stars, anemones, crabs, and other rainbow-colored marine life. The tide pools are fun to explore, but be cautious of the slippery rocks and big waves.

Every year from late fall to the end of winter, the park's eucalyptus grove serves as a sanctuary for thousands of Monarch butterflies. The spectacle is best viewed from late October to the end of November, with the butterflies migrating to the Rocky Mountains valley regions during the spring and summer. A wheelchair- and stroller-accessible boardwalk winds through the grove and offers excellent viewing opportunities. Guided tours depart from the visitors' center and are a great way to learn more about the natural phenomenon.

Adjacent to the main parking lot, a scenic picnic area is set among towering eucalyptus and pine trees. Tables, barbecues, water faucets, and restrooms make it easy to set up and enjoy lunch at the park. More hiking trails meander through the Moore Creek Estuary and are great for admiring native wildflowers. Dogs are welcome in the picnic area but aren't allowed on the beach and trails.

Camping near Natural Bridges State Beach

There are plenty of options for RV camping near Natural Bridges State Beach, ranging from full-service motorhome parks to off-the-grid primitive sites. In the historic logging town of Felton, you'll find Smithwoods RV Park, where sites feature full hookups, cable TV, and access to a heated pool. For a back-to-nature experience, escape to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, where you can sleep among the tallest trees on the planet.

The campground at New Brighton State Beach is RV-friendly and can accommodate rigs of up to 36 feet. Choose from more than 100 campsites perched on a beachside bluff and commanding sparkling views of the Pacific Ocean. Kids will love taking part in the campfire programs held from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Further north, Seacliff State Beach offers more RV-friendly campsites and easy access to the sand.

Exploring the Area

Natural Bridges State Beach is just one of many attractions on California's Central Coast. Adjacent to the park, Seymour Marine Discovery Center welcomes you with a full-sized skeleton of a blue whale. Inside, you can explore interactive exhibits, get up close with colorful sea creatures in the touch pool, and browse marine-inspired souvenirs at the gift shop. If you're RV camping with a dog, head five minutes up the coast to pet-friendly Mitchell's Cove Beach. Five miles north, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park gets you up close with a magnificent old-growth grove of coast redwoods. The largest tree stands 277 feet tall and is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. Spend the day exploring the well-marked nature trails, picnicking by the river, and cooling off in the Garden of Eden swimming hole.

A 10-minute drive up the coast, Santa Cruz is a great place to stock up on fuel, food, and other motorhome camping essentials. The laid-back town is fringed by a sandy beach and wooden boardwalk, with plenty of farm-to-table cafes and taco shops to hit up. San Francisco is the closest major city, an hour and a half north. The international airport makes it a great place to pick up an RV rental near Natural Bridges State Beach and kickstart a California road trip. San Jose camper rentals are also a good option, due one-hour north of Natural Bridges State Beach.

RV Rentals in Natural Bridges State Beach, CA

Natural Bridges State Beach, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Natural Bridges State Beach. Outdoorsy's Natural Bridges State Beach RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Natural Bridges State Beach, CA


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Popular Nearby Trails

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Natural Bridges State Beach Exploration Natural Bridges State Beach, CA
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Wilder Ridge Trail Wilder Ranch State Park, CA
Wilder Ridge to Baldwin to Ohlone Bluff and Old Cove Landing Trail Wilder Ranch State Park, CA
Wilder Ridge and Zane Gray Cutoff Loop Wilder Ranch State Park, CA
Pacific to Redwoods Loop Wilder Ranch State Park, CA
Old Landing Cove Trail Wilder Ranch State Park, CA
West Cliff Drive Santa Cru Lighthouse Field State Beach, CA
Santa Cruz Wharf Walk Santa Cruz, CA
Lookout Loop Trail Santa Cruz, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

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Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Santa Cruz County, CA
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Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA San Mateo County, CA
Belle Ridge Campground Putnam County, TN
Saddle Mountain RV Park & Campground Monterey County, CA
Salinas / Monterey KOA Monterey County, CA
Pelican Point RV Park San Mateo County, CA
Del Valle Family Campground Alameda County, CA
Riverside Campground Monterey County, CA

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Recommendations for Natural Bridges State Beach, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Its a nice beach with free parking. I took my kids there for years always a fun time. Great deli near by

May 25, 2018

Smoked meats, great beers, and often live music. Can get crowded

Feb 5, 2018

Fall asleep under the California redwoods and hike through the enchanted forest

Feb 5, 2018

Beach front camping. Famous cement boat. Difficult to reserve, so plan ahead

Feb 5, 2018

The Campground is nice, the beach is beautiful, the weather is always amazing and it's just a couple miles away from Capitola and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Dog-friendly Glamping Elbow Room Social Scene Ocean View Quiet Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Aug 3, 2017

Local to bay area. A great family campground with all the KOA amenities. 1 mile to beach access.

Mar 21, 2017

This state park is ON THE BEACH (the bluffs above the beach) in between Monterey and Santa Cruz. Ocean view and a stroll from the sand. Can be windy and is busy during the summer.

Ocean View Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Mar 19, 2017