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Best Western Seacliff Inn
Best Western Seacliff Inn

7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos 95003

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (672 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aptos History Museum, Seacliff State Beach, and Rio Del Mar Beach. …

£114
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Dream Inn Santa Cruz

175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz 95060

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,806 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Cruz Wharf and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Beac …

£142
Casablanca On The Beach
Casablanca On The Beach

101 Main St, Santa Cruz 95060

3.5 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (605 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Santa Cruz hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Beach and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Santa …

£89
Best Western Inn
Best Western Inn

126 Plymouth St, Santa Cruz 95060

2.5 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (290 reviews)

Situated in Santa Cruz, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Town Clock, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Main Beach. Mystery …

£65
Babbling Brook Inn
Babbling Brook Inn

1025 Laurel St, Santa Cruz 95060

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (253 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and …

£129
Apartment Dwell Club Santa Clara South
Apartment Dwell Club Santa Clara South

50 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara 95051

4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Santa Clara, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santana Row, Winchester Mystery House, and Westfield Valle …

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Continental Inn
Continental Inn

414 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz 95060

2.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,281 reviews)

Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of History & Art at the McPherson Center and …

£57
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn

500 Ocean St, Santa Cruz 95060

2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (1,159 reviews)

This downtown Santa Cruz hotel is located 1 mile from the Santa Cruz Wharf and Boardwalk, and 2 miles from The Mystery Spot.

£108
Beachview Inn
Beachview Inn

50 Front St, Santa Cruz 95060

2.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (786 reviews)

Situated in Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and …

£74
Ocean Pacific Lodge
Ocean Pacific Lodge

301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz 95060

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (2,214 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center …

£61
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Pocket Guide: Santa Cruz Natural Bridges State Park Hotels

See Monarch Butterflies

Based in Santa Cruz, California, Natural Bridges State Park is 65-acres of waterfront parkland and is famous for its yearly migration of monarch butterflies. Visitors can see thousands of the colourful creatures during peak season (from mid October to late January). In cooler weather, you can see the butterflies hanging in clusters from the branches of eucalyptus trees set within a protected canyon providing shelter from the wind. In warmer temperatures, the butterflies will be fluttering freely around the park. Visitors can also get up-close to Monarch eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises in a special demonstration area. The family-friendly park offers fascinating tours where you can learn more about the migration and lifecycle of the butterfly.

Wildlife-Spotting at Natural Bridges State Beach

A haven for wildlife lovers, Natural Bridges State Beach is a great place to spy migrating whales, seals and otters, as well as shore and ocean birds, including pelicans and cormorants. At low tide, families with kids in tow should make a beeline for one of the many tidepools where you can spot sea stars, crabs, sea anemones and many more sea creatures.

Fascinating Geology

Natural Bridges State Beach named after its natural mudstone bridge that was carved into the cliff by the ocean more than a million years ago. Visitors used to be allowed to climb on the bridge, but since the arch is now in danger of collapsing, it has been closed to the public.

Sporting Activities

Visitors can enjoy numerous year-round sporting activities at Natural Bridges State Beach, including swimming, hiking, kite flying, windsurfing and surfing, the latter of which is most popular during the winter months thanks to large swells. Scenic hiking trails feature the Monarch Butterfly Nature Preserve and the Moore Creek estuary.

Where to Eat

If you fancy a barbecue, grills can be found among eucalyptus and pine trees. Alternatively, enjoy a picnic on the beach.

Stay near Natural Bridges State Beach

Moments from Natural Bridges State Park is a huge range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including picturesque spa resorts, boutique hotels, beach-front inns and cheap motels. Many of these properties offer swimming pools, high-speed internet and air conditioning.

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