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Manresa State Beach

San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Aptos
Type: Beaches
Activities: Camping
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

For picnics there is a parking area where you can get a very nice view of the ocean below. Before or after enjoying a picnic, Manresa State Beach is a nice one for a walk.

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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We opted to try a VRBO that fit our parameters for price and amenities. The property we selected was located in Aptos and above Manresa State Beach. What we didn't expect to see was the abundance of sea life: whales, pelicans, seals and pairs of dolphins that swam 30 feet off the beach. We watched beach goers run to keep... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

If you are a walker, this is a wonderful beach to go & go. Either way you walk for miles without worry of getting stuck by tides. The sand is wide against cliffs with a nice collection of shells, & sand dollars.

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Livermore, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

this is a beach to walk and enjoy and relax......no commercial stuff near the beach ...peaceful, a bit wild water with multiple wave breaks ......Just plain nice lovely natural uncrowded beach......ahhhhh

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I'm a "local" and a "cyclist", so what I appreciate most about this beach are the clean restrooms and the very relaxing place to view the dolphins swimming in the tidal rip. From the railing along the parking lot you have a great view and I frequently bring my cycling friends from San Jose there to catch the views. BTW,... More

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Los Gatos, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I lived 15 minutes from this beach for over 4 years and visited it 2-3 times a week. During the summer season there is a charge for parking in the winter there is not. From the main beach entrance you can walk 5 + miles down the beach in either direction and get your own private spot. It is a... More

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San Francisco, California
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49 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Visited the beach for sunset and during the night under the moon. It was breath taking. Not very crowded and just a few minutes south of Santa Cruz. Campgrounds nearby and drive to the beach is also scenic to an extent.

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spring grove, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in Aptos near the local beach but we drove to this beach every morning. It was less crowded and we really loved it. We found many sand dollars here. We had a great time viewing all of the sea creatures that had washed up on the shore and returning the live sand dollars to the ocean. I highly... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This amazingly beautiful length of beach in Aptos, Ca is stunning...you can be walking it in the swirling mists or the bright sunshine and it is always captivating. The end down by the Seascape and Rio del Mar is busy with sun bathers, kite fliers and racing dogs and kids and the farther end heading towards Moss Landing is empty... More

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Marina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Manresa State Beach is a good value to get close to the Monterey Bay for a barbeque or camping. It is seldom crowded. Be prepared for cold and fog but occasionally you can experience a nice sunny day.

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