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Natural Bridges State Beach

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Address: 2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd., Santa Cruz, CA
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+1 831-423-4609
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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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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a beautiful beach

this is a beautiful beach in the summer and a great place to see monarch butterflies from october til february.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a beautiful beach in the summer and a great place to see monarch butterflies from october til february.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy accessible state park. The surf was really rough due to a series of storms but we got to see the Pacific in all its fury.

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Thank botunkus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very nice beach for families with beautiful views of the natural bridges. I would definitely take a little time to stop if you are in the area!

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The rock formations are good but not really that stunning. There was ample parking at the beach overlook. Sunset is stunning!

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Morton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is State Park. This beach is not crowded. There is a slight cost to use this beach. Good beach. Recomended.

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Thank OldNativeCalifornian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The beach is very soft energetically. Usually there are many birds. Our last visit was magical because it was December and the egrets were wading on the shoreline and children were playing and laughing.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Santa Cruz's beaches during the winter time are less crowded because it's colder but still very enjoyable on a sunny day. Our kids spent hours playing in the frigid water and on the beach while we relaxed eating brie cheese and salad on our beach blanket.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

The rangers had out several telescopes in which you could get great close up views of the Butterflies. The butterflies are located down a canyon next to the visitor center.

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North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We visited here during Christmas and paid to go in but I can see why people park on the street and hike in. But we did use our park pass for Henry Cowell State park later on that day. This park has a nice little cove beach and some neat rock formation on the north end with an arch on... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

no hiking involved - just out of your car and able to see this. We ran/jogged from the boardwalk (about 4miles) along west cliff drive

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