Manresa State Beach
Latest NewsThe stairs leading from the campground to the beach were destroyed during storms in early 2016. Campers can access the beach from nearby Sand Dollar Road.
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.
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 doBeach 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.
At Manresa State Beach, picnic tables along the top of the bluff offer panoramic ocean views.Bonfires
Beach fires are allowed in park-provided fire rings.
Fees and Passes
Parking is $10 and supports the park. Annual State Parks passes also are available to purchase at the entrance kiosk.
- 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.