Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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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  • This beach is beautiful and the tide pools are amazing. The nature trails are beautiful as well and the rangers and docents very informative. 
    This beach is beautiful and the tide pools are amazing. The nature trails are beautiful as well and the rangers and docents very informative.  more »
  • Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve What an amazing place! One of my childhood favorites. I remember coming here for field trips and thinking how amazing it is to have this so close at our finger... 
    Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve What an amazing place! One of my childhood favorites. I remember coming here for field trips and thinking how amazing it is to have this so close at our finger...  more »

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