Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

4.3
#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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  • We only parked in the lot overlooking. One of the natural "bridges" collapsed some time ago so there's only an arch to see. Beautiful crashing waves. Lots of "weed" smell in the parking lot.  more »
  • If you are in the area, worth a stop, but definitely wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit.  more »
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