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In the summertime, Natural Bridges State Beach is a picturesque beach, punctuated by rock formations and teeming with wildlife – shorebirds, seals, sea stars and more. In the fall and winter, thousands of monarch butterflies flutter into the area's milkweed plants and eucalyptus trees (in 2016, an estimated 8,000 butterflies overwintered here). The state beach also contains a visitor center, picnic areas and hiking trails.
Many recent visitors said the shoreline is peaceful and beautiful, but some say the rock arch (natural bridge) is a bit underwhelming. For a quick look, some travelers recommend stopping at the free 20-minute parking lot to take in the view and snap a few photos.
Open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset, Natural Bridges State Beach is located off Highway 1 on West Cliff Drive. It is free to access, but if you want to park in the State Beach lots, there is a day-use fee of $10. For more information, visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation's website.
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