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Manresa State Beach

San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
+1 831-761-1795
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Nicely maintained, conveniently located off Cabrillo Hwy

I will recommend this beach to anyone who is looking for a non-crowded location to catch a glimpse... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
subh27
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Los Gatos, California
My Favorite Monterey Bay Beach

I come here everyday at sunset. This is a long sandy beach - I believe you can walk all the way to... read more

Reviewed January 17, 2017
Libi K
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Santa Cruz, California
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“sand dollars” (6 reviews)
“parking lot” (5 reviews)
“surf” (7 reviews)
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San Andreas Road, Aptos, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank subh27
Reviewed January 17, 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 December 7, 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

Thank gerryv59
Reviewed November 9, 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

Thank GARY F
Reviewed October 3, 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 September 10, 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 August 22, 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

1  Thank Kathie C
Reviewed August 4, 2016

As an Australian I'm totally against having to pay for beach access, which I realise is the norm in most places. On top of that, here you still have a long walk from the car to the sand. Once you're there though, it's a nice...More

Thank LausMac13
Reviewed July 19, 2016

Stopped by here after trying to go to La Selva beach (didn't know it was private). The beach was not crowded at all and we had our pick of where to place our blanket. Kids loved it. People were super chill. Definitely come out to...More

Thank Emmanuel B
Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Generally less crowded than the other major beaches nearby, perhaps because it's not as close to other things like restaurants, cafes, etc... But a big, beautiful expanse of sand and blue-green ocean waves. No frills, no Boardwalk, just your classic, relaxing, beautiful beach. $10 to...More

Thank Jeffrey B
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gtsunfun
Can you ride a bike on this beach?
August 21, 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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