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The beach is open for walk- and bike-in access only. The parking lot is closed. Please practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet apart from other visitors.


NOTICE: 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 fires are allowed in park-provided fire rings.

Fees and Passes

Day-use parking lots are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Parking is $10 and supports the park. Annual State Parks passes also are available to purchase at the entrance kiosk.


  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor shower
  • Ramp to the beach
  • A sand wheelchair is available for use here or at nearby Sunset State Beach — learn more in the Hilltromper Beach Accessibility Guide.
  • Junior Lifeguard program


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.
  • Fires must be confined to fire rings provided.
  • 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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