Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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#1 of 11 in Parks in Santa Cruz
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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  • October 3, 2017
    Although beaches in California are beautiful but this one was dirty. The tide was high so we could not reach the Cave/Rock. Overall not too bad , views were great though. Good for a photo stop by.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    So easy and close to downtown SC. Big beach, tide pools, and a gorgeous little eucalyptus forest to walk through.  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    An amazing place. A huge natural arch that lots of seabirds such as gulls. On the other hand, white cliffs and Mack v. nu a: big black sea birds
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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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