Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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 had a good time visiting Natural bridges state park again, This is a beautiful park. The surfers were out in force as the waves were crashing in. There are good place for beach play, picnics...  more »
  • Beautiful beach tucked away in Santa Cruz. There are multiple overlooks with great views of the oceans and islands just off the shore. Plenty of space on the beach to spread out and enjoy the sand.  more »

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