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“1000s of butterflies, awesome beach views”

Coronado Butterfly Preserve
Ranked #4 of 33 things to do in Goleta
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

This was a wonderful adventure. There were 1000s of butterflies flying around and hanging out in the trees. The walk from the parking lot to the preserve is very easy, mostly flat and suitable for children and seniors.

You can extend the exploration around the preserve. There are lots of trails and you can even hike down to the beach to explore the tide pools. The views from above were awesome.

It is amazing that this is right in the middle of a residential. Once you are in the forrest or bluffs over looking the beach you feel like you are miles away from civilization.

I highly recommend this when the butterflies are there. Dec - Feb is usually the peak time to see them.

You can bring dogs on leashes and bikes are permitted in most areas.

2  Thank rrkingcool
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Bring binoculars and enjoy the butterfiles clumped to the trees in the wintertime. Walk or bike up the hill a bit and across the mesa to the bluff for a great views. You may also work your way down the bluffs to the beach below

1  Thank Jamey W
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Talk about natural beauty, the Coronado Butterfly Preserve is where millions of monarch butterflies come to mate during the fall. Grouping together on the glossy branches of the many eucalyptus tree branches, you can see endless waves of orange clusters throughout the whole preserve.

1  Thank Gabriella J
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

It really is a spiritual experience----and I'm not at all religious. Take binoculars if you have them. It's a short uphill walk, so be ready for that, especially if you've got grandma along. The kids will love it. Try to respect others and stay quiet. It will only enhance your encounter with these wonderful butterflies.

2  Thank L. K
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

The Coronado Butterfly Preserve is hidden away in a suburban neighborhood... and looks can be deceiving. But once you step into the woods, it feels as though you've entered a whole new world. The best time to go is in the winter because the butterflies will be there. If you keep walking up the hill through the grove, you will end up in a meadow on top of a beautiful bluff that overlooks the ocean. Santa Barbara at its finest... Don't miss it!

4  Thank hyperhobbit07
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