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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  • We saw whales at the beach! And the small tide pools have urchins, crabs and trillobites. The butterflies were migrating so we took the nature walk. Lots of sea birds. 
    We saw whales at the beach! And the small tide pools have urchins, crabs and trillobites. The butterflies were migrating so we took the nature walk. Lots of sea birds.  more »
  • Natural bridge is situated in the beach in Santa Cruz and it is the tourist attraction spot. It is a state park and the park features section of the natural bridge. It is a good vantage point for... 
    Natural bridge is situated in the beach in Santa Cruz and it is the tourist attraction spot. It is a state park and the park features section of the natural bridge. It is a good vantage point for...  more »
  • We parked near Natural Bridges, then walked towards the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk area along the waterfront. This is a review of that walk as much as Natural Bridges - because in the waters - close....  more
    We parked near Natural Bridges, then walked towards the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk area along the waterfront. This is a review of that walk as much as Natural Bridges - because in the waters - close....  more »

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