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Manchester Beach

Address: Point Arena, CA
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Type: Lighthouses, Beaches, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This 650-acre expanse has huge sand dunes, driftwood and a profusion of wildflowers.
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Type: Lighthouses, Beaches, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This 650-acre expanse has huge sand dunes, driftwood and a profusion of wildflowers.
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Fremont, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Very long scenic beach. Multiple water falls and streams emptying into the ocean. Only about 10 other people on the the beach at the time we were there.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Beautiful flat long beach to walk and look for small shells. View of Point Arena Lighthouse. Unfortunately you have to walk over several sand covered dunes to get to the beach from the parking lot.

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Milan, Italy
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This big beach without anyone there allow u to do what ever you want ! It's the perfect place to do yoga or jogging ! No one will bother u!

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Ankeny
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Take the north entrance to enter the park. Drive to an area about a block from the ocean. Walk through the dunes following the path to places where you can get down the 15 foot cliff that borders the ocean. It's a nice view, clean sand, lengthy, but if you have ever seen a beach, you have seen this one.

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Elk Grove, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We enjoyed the huge expanse of sandy beach and driftwood. The rocks in the surf are beautiful and the views are incredible. Unfortunately, there were hundreds of jellyfish washed up with the tide and we were having to avoid stepping on them as we walked along the beach at low tide. It's hard to tell if they're still alive and... More 

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Los Altos, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The beach gets visitors, but not a lot ... so there isn't a lot of trash or other debris that other beaches might have. During the labor day weekend, we saw a variety of birds, whales spouting and a sea lion (we think ... didn't say long). The beach has lots of logs washed ashore for building forts or sitting... More 

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Monterey, California, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Stayed in the basic cabin - double bed and bunk beds. Has a heater! Need to bring sleeping bag. No bathroom or shower -- have to use the community shower and toilets - clean! There is a community kitchen to do your cooking or can BBQ outside the cabin and eat at the picnic table. No dogs allowed cabin. Ice... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It's okay, but the broad expanse of sand and dunes is rather characterless. There are more beautiful beaches to walk in the area.

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Cameron Park, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

You MUST see for yourself! I can tell you all about this place and say it's phenomenal, breathtaking, serene, picturesque, romantic, majestic, glorious, inspirational, resplendent, but those truly understate the magnificence of it all, especially during a sunset. An entire day of playing in the sand, watching the waves crash, skipping stones, exploring and just being there is my definition... More 

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Oregon Coast
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808 reviews 808 reviews
289 attraction reviews
2,095 helpful votes 2,095 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Other than the driftwood which seems to pile up here - and there is a lot of that - we didn't think this beach has anything much more to offer than hundreds of other beaches along the northern California and Oregon coasts. It was pleasant enough, but you cannot park right at the ocean, you have to walk about 15... More 

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