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Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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Enjoy unparalleled vantage points of the coastline and a butterfly preserve as you explore Natural Bridges State Beach. Located in Santa Cruz, this 26 hectare (65 acre) park is known for the natural bridge that stretches across its beach. The area remains a refuge for about 150,000 monarch butterflies between the months of October and February, which you can view as you walk the trails through the designated butterfly preserve. The site is also home to a number of hiking routes, a sandy cove, tidepools, and a bike path. Take a look at our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Natural Bridges State Beach and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The gigantic rocks at the beach are beautiful formations! In addition to a nice bathing beach, it is well worth the short climb up the rocks along the edge in the tide pools to explore the sea urchins...  more »
  • a stunning place to visit. A must see for any visitor...and close to another great attraction, the Long Marine Lab.  more »
  • This is an amazing beach and natural walk. If you are lucky you will be there in the spring with the Monarch Butterflies! The walk is great for the entire family and very kid friendly. The beach is in...  more »