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Natural Bridges State Beach
: The park is located at the north of Santa Cruz.
A relatively small beach park the offer all what an ocean beach park can
demonstrate, a sandy beach, large rocky arch not far from the beach inside the
water, rocky cliffs with tide pool, a small lagoon and stream of water flowing
to the ocean and also small tree groove to explore. During the winter this park
is also a place to see Monarch Butterflies.
note 1: The Monarch Butterfly are staying at the park eucalyptus tree groove
during the winter month (October and February), please see the separate blog dedicate
note 2: There is a $10 vehicle day-use fee, but you can look for free parking
at the streets nearby.
thoughts: I visit this beach many times, both at summer for beach experience
and winter for Monarch Butterfly viewing or just enjoying the bay view.
park your car at the inner parking lot or on the streets nearby (usually you
can easily find an available parking spots at Delaware Ave and have a short
walk into the park.
higher level of the park you can find the tree groves, and few sideway trails
to explore this area, you can also go down the shore boardwalk into the eucalyptus
trees grove and the small pool.
down to the small sandy beach, find your spot and enjoy the beach and the unique
view of the large sea stack with the inside arch. On your right you will see
the small water pound that attract birds.
tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach are located on the rocky section on
the left (north) side of the bay, cross the small stream of water and climb the
rocks. At low tide when the rock shelf is out of the water you can see marine creatures
that adapt to live in this micro ecosystem.
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