Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

4.4
#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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  • The Natural Bridges are a nice place for a short stay. State Park is easy to find (with Navi) and there are plenty of parking options. Visiting the Natural Bridges is free. Through the park you have to walk a few minutes to the beach. The beach is hidden in a small bay and the sand is nice fine. Here are also the Natural Bridges, which give a great picture. During our stay it was very empty here and we were able to enjoy the time.
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  • This was our first time visiting and we found it to be so beautiful and peaceful. It was fun to watch the surfers! The plants and flowers were unbelievable due to all the rain California has been rece...  more »

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