Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

4.3
#1 of 21 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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  • We stopped here to see the butterflies but they weren’t here in large numbers like they are in November. The walk along the path was a nice easy hike. When we arrived at the beach it was crowded.....  more »
  • Parked for free on the roadside just parallel with the state park entrance. A beautiful place with easy walks. Interesting information centre with lots of fun facts about the butterflies and a shop...  more »
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