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Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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We basically came for the monarch butterflies. This has been on my "list" for many years. It was... read more

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Williamsburg, Kentucky
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Monarch Viewing

This was my first time viewing monarch butterflies that migrate to California (among other places... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Milpitas, California
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-423-4609
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We basically came for the monarch butterflies. This has been on my "list" for many years. It was absolutely amazing. Clusters of thousands and fluttering everywhere. It alone was worth my entire trip to California! Don't miss this experience. The small beach is also beautiful...More

Thank birdlover36
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was my first time viewing monarch butterflies that migrate to California (among other places) to escape colder climates. There were an estimated 10,000-15,000 monarchs in the eucalyptus grove in this park. Seeing so many butterflies flit around was beautiful! This is a great time...More

Thank Ritu_Pisces
Reviewed 6 days ago

We headed here during early November, hoping to catch a glimpse of the mass migration of the monarch butterflies. We did see some, but certainly not the numbers we had been led to believe. That said, it was overcast and about to rain, so I...More

Thank Livesbythec
Reviewed 6 days ago

Natural bridges have fallen as the cliffs eroded, but the beach is a nice spot and many come to the parking lot at sundown (and then drive away the minute the sun is down!). In park area above the beach are often many Monarch butterflies...More

Thank Clover88Live
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this beach for great photo shots & for windy days where you can duck behind the high cliff walls on the sand. I visit this beach at least 3-5 times every year with my family. We spent the last evening of summer there...More

Thank nicolegall
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A quick stop could end up taking longer as you start to really enjoy everything this park has to offer. The rock formations (the natural bridges) are an iconic sight, and the tide pools are full of sea life. Just off shore, otters and dolphins...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although your visit here might not take more than 30 minutes as their is only a single spot to view, I still recommend it. The pictures might be priceless if you know to handle your camera well :) I liked it that we were so...More

Thank hazanrel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the free parking lot at the entrance to the park and walked to the beach. Very peaceful and tranquil.

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been there during the migration of thousands of monarch butterflies! The park itself is nice to have a walk but during November, with the butterflies blooming it is definitely a "must" going there if you're in the Santa Cruz area.

Thank oaklanes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to check out the tide pools on this beach. It was a LONG walk from the parking area to the water. We went as the tide was coming in so the pools were limited with anything in them. They had a volunteer in...More

Thank Rebecca B
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29 March 2016|
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Response from Monica Micah R | Reviewed this property |
Temperatures change in Santa Cruz at the drop of a hat. Mornings are usually chilly and foggy but warm and clear by noon. Check out last year's almanac for rain patterns but July had some very warm/hot days after 1p.m. I... More
23 November 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
I think so & if not, just park on Delaware Ave. & walk in the back entrance for free! No locked gate to the Monarch walkway or beach.
7 October 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
Tides: just go...ogle tides [d o t] info Santa Cruz Butterflies: A few, but not many until after Thanksgiving and the first cold snap. You might still see some humpbacks from the cliffs at the UCSC Marine Discovery Center... More