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Manresa State Beach

San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
+1 831-724-3750
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Late night visit

Heard someone say they saw a bunch of broken sand dollars here so had to check it out. Showed up... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2018
Dee S
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
yiata
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Los Gatos, California
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“sand dollars” (6 reviews)
“parking lot” (6 reviews)
“easy access” (3 reviews)
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San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Heard someone say they saw a bunch of broken sand dollars here so had to check it out. Showed up right before sunset and low tide and was lots of clam shells and whole sand dollars. And sunset was amazing! Lucky last minutes decision. Nice...More

1  Thank Dee S
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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gtsunfun
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.
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