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. Plan to visit Natural Bridges State Beach during your Santa Cruz vacation using our convenient Santa Cruz travel route builder app .
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  • Although your visit here might not take more than 30 minutes as their is only a single spot to view, I still recommend it. The pictures might be priceless if you know to handle your camera well :) I l...  more »
  • We stopped at the free parking lot at the entrance to the park and walked to the beach. Very peaceful and tranquil.  more »
  • We have been there during the migration of thousands of monarch butterflies! The park itself is nice to have a walk but during November, with the butterflies blooming it is definitely a "must" going t...  more »

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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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