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Natural Bridges State Beach

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Address: 2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6257
Phone Number: +1 831-423-4609
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A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove,...

A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a bicycle path around the perimeter of the park.

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Monarch butterfly grove and beach

We stopped in to see the remarkable Monarch butterfly habitat, peaceful and well maintained, with docents who had scopes set up for school visits. We arrived as the day warmed and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped in to see the remarkable Monarch butterfly habitat, peaceful and well maintained, with docents who had scopes set up for school visits. We arrived as the day warmed and were able to see Monarchs flying and clustering. Absolutely enchanting.

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Foster City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Butterflies (during migration season) cluster high in Eucalyptus trees when cold. So come early, before day warms up and they fly away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a lovely morning to visit and see the Monarchs We enjoyed watching lots of cormorants and brown pelicans on the natural bridge Many people were also down playing on the beach We enjoyed it all thoroughly

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent the day here, and really enjoyed ourselves. We loved the clean beach, and the beautiful views. Climbed up, onto the rocks, and spent hours looking at the tide pools. Reminded me of when I was a child. I loved it!!

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read about this place but then stumbled upon it walking along the shore in Santa Cruz by the Surfer's Museum. This was surreal and loved the natural bridges of which there are a few. They also seem to serve as a breakwater for the local surfers. This is a great place just to hang out and bring your dog.... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful beach is a natural playground.Families make afternoon encampments and just hang out, kids dig a variety of excavations in the flat sand, older kids toss frisbees. Maybe it's the pervasive beauty of the place that just makes one feel so tranquil and happy here. Weekends it's more visited but the crowd is relaxed and makes for a festive... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An easy walk if you don't want to pay the $10 fee for entering the park with a car. Trails are nice and this time of year, there are tons of monarch butterflies everywhere (but wait until the day warms up). You can peek out over the cliff or walk down to the wide beach.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful beach that used to have an arch in the sea in the past. That arch no longer connects to the land as it has partially collapsed. The beach is fairly isolated from West Cliff Drive and there is adequate parking above the beach. One of the main attractions is the Monarch Butterfly grove of Eucalyptus trees... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Busy place but the beach at the end was worth it. Walk through monarch butterflies. Great for learning. There is a boardwalk for the handicap. Its on an incline but it is doable.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Monarchs are magical! Mid afternoon is a good time to see them hanging in the trees and still flying in the sun. Take your binoculars and lay down to look up. Go to the visitors center and they will show you a tiny Monarch egg (size of a grain of sand).

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