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Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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Geologic Formation State Park
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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  • A pleasure stroll through this piece of Californian wild nature... Interesting species plant native and the sea always on the side...
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  • We were delighted and amazed when we visited this park in the winter, when the butterflies were abundant. A recent summer visit to other parts of the park revealed a vey popular but still not crowded ...  more »
  • Not sure this was even worth a drive by. Other than the "natural bridge," which from above seems underwhelming, nothing exciting here. The entire beach is ringed by homes above, a real view killer to ...  more »

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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Most of the accommodations in Santa Cruz occupy a place near the beach and boardwalk. Inns and bed and breakfasts make up most of the selection here, but you'll also find a few motels and hotels sprinkled in. You might consider staying in one of the inns or bed and breakfasts located inside some of the Victorian houses downtown, which lies just to the north. A number of budget motels line both San Lorenzo Boulevard, which is just across Carbonara Creek from the main tourist area by the beach, and Ocean Street a little farther north.
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