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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  • Went here with friends on the way to Wilder State Park. It was an easy hike and worth it for the pretty beach and beautiful rock structure.  more »
  • The Bridges weren't there in 1960, but the beach is. Add this stop to your drive along West Cliff Drive.  more »

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