Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

#1 of 21 in Parks in Santa Cruz
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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  • My favorite part was the tide pools along the shoreline. Really one of my favorite places on my northern California trip.  more »
  • Small beach with opportunities to tide pool and see butterflies when in season. Unfortunately, the showers aren't working so if you get in the water, you can't rinse off. Also, the ledge that allowed....  more »

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