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Manresa State Beach

San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
831-761-1795
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Aptos
Type: Beaches
Activities: Camping
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Sebastopol, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I was there on a weekday. Hardly anyone else in a wide expanse of beach. A glimpse of a whale spraying off in the distance. A little windy, but beautiful sunshine. Conducive to meditation or artistic creativity, although all I did was drink in the fresh air and view.

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Aptos
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Beautiful Sands and native plants surrounded by strawberry fields. Clean bathrooms and parking. Long expansive vistas of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary with birding and hiking and for those that choose, a dip in the Bay.

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Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very quiet and natural place. Away from the freeway. Surf Mecca. You could walk forever in either direction.

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Bermuda Dunes, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is a great place to camp with your family. The ocean is a short walk and it is absolutely peaceful. The only problem is that you have to walk a bit to get to your campsite. Be prepared to walk. Maybe carry a wagon.

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Fremont, California
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1,151 reviews 1,151 reviews
716 attraction reviews
828 helpful votes 828 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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