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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  • Was in the area for a business trip and had a few hours to kill so visited here. Nice little walk (missed the monarchs :( ) saw lots of critters. Beach was quiet. Climbing around the rocks and seeing ...  more »
  • My best friend and I visited back in November on a whim. I really wanted to see the arch and she really wanted to see the tide pools–neither disappointed! I was expecting there to be more than the one...  more »
  • We visited during low tide on New Years Day. It was very crowded but we were able to find parking along the street with a little patience. We explored the tide pools and saw lots of anemone's, some st...  more »

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