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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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  • My friends and I stayed at an Airbnb just across the road and went to the beach to watch the sunsets every night..it was beautiful ! It's small and quiet enough during the day which was nice to relax ...  more »
  • I've spent many sessions here and love the way the light changes on stormy days or during vivid sunsets. Pelicans, cormorants, and other seabirds cluster at a spectacular sandstone arch. Vast tidepool...  more »
  • My husband and I visited last week while cruising down the California coast. I was looking forward to visiting this park due to the photos I had seen online and the parks website which talks about the...  more »