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Manresa State Beach

San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
+1 831-761-1795
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Good beach to catch the waves

I came here with my three young kids and we all had a great time enjoying playing in the surf... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Los Gatos, California
Beautiful beach

Great beach for strolling, water activities, and lounging. However, it is a bit of a hike down to... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Erin S
via mobile
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“parking lot” (6 reviews)
“soft sand” (2 reviews)
San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
+1 831-761-1795
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

I came here with my three young kids and we all had a great time enjoying playing in the surf. There were a number of surfers and wake boarders catching the medium sized waves. The beach is relatively spacious by Northern California standards so we...More

Thank yiata
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Great beach for strolling, water activities, and lounging. However, it is a bit of a hike down to the beach.

Thank Erin S
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cali cities. Awesome sunset views and comfortable tent sites. Firewood for sale and easily accessible bathrooms and showers.

1  Thank Katshibby43
Reviewed 25 May 2017

I will recommend this beach to anyone who is looking for a non-crowded location to catch a glimpse of the sunset from shore. There is a nominal charge for parking, but during summer weekends (after 6pm), there are no attendants to check. The beach is...More

1  Thank subh27
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I come here everyday at sunset. This is a long sandy beach - I believe you can walk all the way to Moss Landing from here - with great even waves for playing in and surfing. The sunsets here are so beautiful, even the firefighters...More

Thank Libi K
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Easy access, large parking lot, clean bathrooms, fire pits, showers to wash the sand off, seasonally staffed Guard tower and usually not crowded except for holidays and weekends. Be careful of the strong rip currents. Popular surf spot. Can walk for miles either direction even...More

1  Thank gerryv59
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I took my first walk along Manresa well over forty years ago. Since that time, it has been one of the favorites on the list of beaches in California. My walk started at Seascape Beach and I went so far as to step onto Manresa...More

1  Thank GARY F
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

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 sand.

Thank worldtraveler267
Reviewed 11 September 2016

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 campfire just before sunset and stay hour...More

Thank Aspi S
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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 tourist, the entry fee can't...More

2  Thank Kathie C
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22 August 2016|
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Response from IslandGirlMick | Reviewed this property |
The sand from the parking lot/road is soft and deep. You will have a long walk. If you want to take a bike, go to Rio Del Mar or Seacliff in Aptos. Or go even further north and ride East Cliff.