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Manresa State Beach, Aptos

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 55 reviews on the web
Manresa State Beach is a state-protected beach near Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, California, USA. It is operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The 138acre site was established as a California state park in 1948.Manresa Beach hosts the junior lifeguard program which runs two sessions each summer, teaching lifesaving, fitness and water safety to children in Santa Cruz County. Many local surfers were once junior lifeguards in the program. South of Manresa State Beach is Sunset State Beach.
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  • This is one of the nicer beaches that I've been to, however it's not the best. I took a walk along it and didn't spend much time on it, but I liked it very much because of the lack of rocks and soft s...  read more »
  • La Selva beach just south of Manresa State Beach park is a beautiful, less frequented spot. The surf is great, sunsets are fully visible all times of the year. Best is to bring along firewood and do a...  read more »
  • I have gone to this beach more times than I can count - in all kinds of weather and all seasons. It is walking distance from my home, and I couldn't be more pleased. I recommend it, and for the touris...  read more »
  • Very clean beach and less crowdy but lacks in very basic amenities. There restrooms are close to parking space but we couldn't find anyone next to beach. Just to add, there was a good walk of around 0.6 miles from parking area to the beach. Parking is of $10 and seemed safe. Would love to go there again.
  • Good place for a day out at the beach. Plenty of space on this long stretch of beach. Parking will be difficult during the weekends since there is no parking lot or structure nearby. No bonfires are allowed here and we saw lifeguards regularly cruising by although it would be difficult for them to reach somebody in time in the event that help was needed.
  • Great surf beach with easy access. Care needs to be taken of beach break and rip. Lifeguard tower. Some rules on alcohol and over night stays. Toilets are nasty. Fills up by noon on a weekend so get there early. $10 parking fee. Can be foggy in morning.
  • You can either camp with family or visit with a group of your boyfriend's weird classmates. Either way it's great, watch out for the bees/wasps though.
  • Beautiful and not as crowded as other beaches. Also loved the ramp, made it easier to pull our beach wagon vs stairs 😊
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