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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz, CA
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz, CA

2956 Mission St, Santa Cruz 95060

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (86 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moore Creek Wildlife Preserve and Natural Bridges State Park. Sant …

£107
Ocean Pacific Lodge
Ocean Pacific Lodge

301 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz 95060

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (2,205 reviews)

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

£73
Surf City Inn and Suites
Surf City Inn and Suites

619 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz 95060

2.0 out of 5.0
2.5 out of 5 (850 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach. Santa …

£47
The Darling House
The Darling House

314 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz 95060

3.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Situated in Santa Cruz, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Wharf and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Beac …

£161
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 (1,802 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 …

£121
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area

314 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz 95060

2.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (432 reviews)

Situated on the boardwalk, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach. Santa Cruz …

£73
Salt Air Lodge
Salt Air Lodge

510 Leibrandt Ave, Santa Cruz 95060

2.5 out of 5.0
2.6 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach. Santa Cruz …

£49
Pacific Inn Santa Cruz
Pacific Inn Santa Cruz

330 Ocean St, Santa Cruz 95060

2.0 out of 5.0
2.5 out of 5 (487 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of History & Art at the McPherson Cente …

£44
The Islander Motel
The Islander Motel

522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz 95060

2.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (372 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of History & Art at the McPherson Center, Sant …

£56
Budget Inn Santa Cruz
Budget Inn Santa Cruz

110 San Lorenzo Blvd, Santa Cruz 95060

1.8 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach. Santa …

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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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