Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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#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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  • Beautiful Beach!! At the end of my drive i noticed a litle parking lot. It leads you to the edge of the cliffs on the west side of Santa Cruz. Must See!!  more »
  • I’ve heard about the Monarch Butterflies season for quite some years and this was my first experience for it. The trail starts right beside the visitor center and you will never miss it. According to ...  more »
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