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Campgrounds are now open for the season at nearby Manresa Uplands State Beach!


Here are some guidelines for people visiting Manresa State Beach: Masks are required in all indoor spaces for unvaccinated individuals over age 2. Restrooms and camping are open. Get more information on the California State Parks response to COVID-19 here.

Manresa State Beach features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand, with boogie boarding, fishing, surfing and other recreation.

Learn more in the California State Parks brochure.

Operating Hours

Day-Use Area Sunrise to Sunset


From Highway 1, south of Aptos, take San Andreas Road southwest and continue for 3 miles to Manresa State Beach.

By Bus: Take Santa Cruz METRO route 91x to 56, 69A to 56, or 68 to 56.

Things to do

Beach Area

Surfing, boogie boarding and fishing are popular. Dangerous rip currents, frigid water and deep offshore drop-offs make surfing and swimming hazardous.

Nature and Wildlife Viewing

The area supports two major
plant communities and associated wildlife: coastal scrub and coastal strand.

Picnic Area

At Manresa State Beach, picnic tables along the top of the bluff offer panoramic ocean views.


Beach wheelchairs are available for use. Reservations are recommended. Contact the State Park Special Events Office at SCD.specialevents@nullparks.ca.gov or 831-335-8487, Monday to Thursday excluding holidays, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Email is preferred.

Fees and Passes

Parking is $10 and supports the park. Credit card payments are encouraged.

Annual State Parks passes also are available to purchase at the entrance kiosk.



Camping is offered at nearby Manresa Uplands State Beach. View the campground map here.


As private development increased in the area, residents concerned about losing public access to the beach became the driving force behind public ownership of sensitive coastal resources. Manresa State Beach was acquired by the State in 1948.

Manresa State Beach supports two major plant communities and associated wildlife: coastal scrub and coastal strand.


  • Dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on the beach or in day-use areas.
  • A fishing license is required.

More Info

(831) 724-3750

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