Best place to mark whales from a shore

April 17, 2015 - Picnic Time

  • The steep above Natural Bridges State Beach is a renouned mark to locate a nightfall for animals and humans alike. Photo: Jason Henry / Special To The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES

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The steep above Natural Bridges State Beach is a renouned mark to locate a nightfall for animals and humans alike.


Photo: Jason Henry / Special To The Chronicle


The freestanding arch during Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz was once connected to land and could reason automobiles.


Photo: Jason Henry / Special To The Chronicle


Naturally eroded stone formations during Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, Calif., Thursday, Apr 9, 2015.


Photo: Jason Henry / Special To The Chronicle


Tide pools form on a rocks during a north finish of a beach and are home to a accumulation of engaging creatures, such as these feeding speckled sandpipers, during Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz.


Photo: Jason Henry / Special To The Chronicle


Tide pools form on a rocks during a north finish of Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, where sea anemones roam.


Photo: Jason Henry / Special To The Chronicle


The family-friendly Natural Bridges State Beach is best famous for a clouds of migrating sovereign butterflies that arrive each winter and take adult chateau in a park’s eucalyptus grove. The butterflies are spectacular, though by late February, they’ve fluttered away, withdrawal visitors to try a rest of a park’s several habitats.

Wander down a bluffs to a wide, sandy beach confronting Natural Bridges’ fantastic stone arch, one of Santa Cruz’s many iconic views. The freestanding arch, once connected to land and clever adequate to support a weight of automobiles, now serves as a roosting mark for hundreds of floppy brownish-red pelicans.

Natural Bridges offers a cornucopia of wildlife observation opportunities, including waves pools during a north finish of a beach, sea otters and seals lounging in a waves, and a cormorant rookery on a cliffs nearby a park’s West Cliff Drive entrance. Moore Creek meanders by a park, combining a salt mire nearby a beach that is home to roving birds and an contentment of striped garter snakes.

Beach and bluffs offer glorious views of a gray whales that float past Monterey Bay in open and again in a winter. The open migration, that runs by May, facilities Mexican-born gray whale babies streamer north for their initial revisit to a feeding drift off Alaskan shores. The whole universe race of about 23,000 gray whales passes within 3 miles of Natural Bridges, according to biologists, and, on a good day, we can mark dozens though a need for binoculars.

In a evening, join locals who accumulate on a bluffs and precipice edges for a time-honored protocol of examination a object set into a waves.

If we go

Park hours: 8 a.m. to sunset, year-round.

Parking fee: $10 per car. Walk-ins are free. Natural Bridges offers cruise tables, grill grills, an interpretive core and park store — though no campsites. Dogs not allowed. The park is during a northern finish of scenic West Cliff Drive. Pay to park nearby a bathrooms and cruise tables, or find a travel mark on Swanton Boulevard or nearby a park’s behind opening on Delaware Avenue and travel in.

Address: 2531 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. (831) 423-4609.

source ⦿ http://www.sfgate.com/travel/centralcoasting/article/Best-place-to-spot-whales-from-the-shore-6207264.php

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