Manresa Uplands State Beach
Latest NewsThe stairs to the beach have been restored!
Manresa Uplands Campground provides dramatic views of the ocean from the bluffs above the beach. The seasonal campground offers access to surf fishing, surfing and other beach recreation.
From Highway 1, south of Aptos, take San Andreas Road southwest and continue for four miles. Turn right on Sand Dollar Road. Veer left to Manresa Uplands Campground.
Things to doCamping
There are more than 60 walk-in tent camping sites.Beach Area
Access the nearby Manresa State Beach for fishing, surfing, boogie boarding and other beach activities.
- Showers (camping showers are 25 cents; bring quarters)
The seasonal campground is closed for winter!
There are 64 sites. Cost is $35 per night. Equipment may be dropped off from 10-200 yards from the campsite. Learn more and secure a site through ReserveCalifornia.
Firewood is available for purchase at the campground. By purchasing firewood in this park, you will help sustain the natural environment for the benefit of plants and animals – and support local park programs. Proceeds from firewood sales go to Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and all funds stay local. Thank you for your support.
Manresa State Beach is in the region known by local Indigenous Tribes as Calendaruc. The Tribes that lived in Calendaruc stewarded these lands since time immemorial. Centuries of colonial violence led to the removal and displacement of the Calendaruc people. Today, their descendants continue their stewardship and presence here, in partnership with State Parks.
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.
- Dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet.
- Fires must be confined to fire rings provided in the campground.
- Alcohol is not allowed on the beach or in day-use areas.
- A fishing license is required.
- Natural and cultural features are protected by law and may not be disturbed or removed.
Before you visit, check the Recreate Responsibly page to protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these measures during your visit.