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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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Cliffs along Manresa State Beach
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Cliffs along Manresa State Beach
Description - Manresa State Beach features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand, with surf fishing, clamming, and recreation.

There are currently no (wheelchair) accessible activities at this park. This may be an undeveloped park, or there may be terrain, historic or resource protection issues or other limiting factors. However, there may be some wheelchair accessible features, such as parking areas, restrooms, and routes of travel, that meet some of the current accessibility guidelines. Call the park or email us at access@parks.ca.gov for details.

Attractions - Manresa State Beach features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand, with surf fishing, clamming, and recreation.

Recreation - Camping (including family campsites), fishing, guided tours, and swimming are all available at the beach.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco-Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - From Highway One, just south of Aptos, San Andreas Road heads west and continues for several miles to Manresa, the first beach access upon reaching the coast.

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Filed By: sam (san jose, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This beach is beautiful, quiet, and the first place that pops into my head when I think of summer by the waves. I've never camped there, but I go there with friends when we're up to the drive-- and we're more than willing to pass up Santa Cruz for it. It's clean, there are bathrooms and showers, the rangers are nice (even when you have a bonfire) and the view of the sunset is perfect when you clamber up the side of the cliff-hill. For some reason though, we can never find it on the first try; if you've hit farmland, flip a U because you've gone too far.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a wonderful beach to camp at. It's not too crowded and the beach itself is very clean and nice powdery sand, not rocky. The downfall is you have to walk your camping gear in. But other than that, it has clean facilities and rangers check on the camp site often.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Walk-in campsites only.

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Contact Information:
Santa Cruz District Headquarters, 600 Ocean Street , Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, Phone: 831-429-2850, Fax: 831-429-2876

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.
San Francisco Bay Area State Parks, Historic Sites and Beaches - The San Francisco Bay Area offers incredibly diverse experiences. It features Mount Diablo State park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and an array of incredible state park sites.

California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com


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