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Manchester Beach

Point Arena, CA
+1 707-937-5804
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recommended by locals

little bit of drive north of Point Arena where we stayed at Lighthouse. colors of all the foliage... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2017
Scottsdale, Arizona
Irish Beach - a gem

This review is of Irish Beach, which is the northern section of Manchester Beach. The beach of... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2017
San Ramon, California
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This 650-acre expanse has huge sand dunes, driftwood and a profusion of wildflowers.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“drift wood” (3 reviews)
“sand dunes” (3 reviews)
“parking lot” (5 reviews)
Point Arena, CA
+1 707-937-5804
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

little bit of drive north of Point Arena where we stayed at Lighthouse. colors of all the foliage around rolling sand dunes, maybe tough to get down to the beach but doable. very windy but plenty of wonderful photo ops.

Thank izymassage
Reviewed July 26, 2017

This review is of Irish Beach, which is the northern section of Manchester Beach. The beach of Manchester State Park runs ~4 miles from the Garcia River down by Point Arena up to Alder Creek (there's a nice map you can download from the California...More

Thank DtripperJ
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

Felt like our own private beach. Visited during the weekday so maybe that is why it was not crowded.Or maybe I'm just used to Morro bay and Pismo where the beaches are always busy.

Thank Dounome
Reviewed July 9, 2017

This is my favorite place in Point Arena, I've spent many hours over the years walking the beach and meditating. I've even got lost, on a New Years Eve, when the fog rolled in and I missed the trail to the parking lot. This is...More

Thank kaioatey
Reviewed July 5, 2017

IMO, best beach in the area. Please consider that water is very cold even in July, but sand was very warm

Thank Vadim S
Reviewed December 24, 2016

This is the newly established northern border of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. As an ocean conservation-minded person, that means a lot to me.

Thank Sandra95060
Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here while visiting the near by lighthouse. We followed the trail down to the beach and watched the surfers. It was quite windy and chilly while we were there but in nice weather, this would be a great place to picnic and spend...More

Thank 8_is_enough_in_MICH
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Quite a hike to the ocean through deep sand. We took chairs and just sat and watched the waves. The beach itself has lots of kelp and drift wood. Anytime you can watch the ocean is peaceful!

1  Thank IdahoSue
Reviewed September 27, 2016

An amazing off the beaten track beach where we were able to enjoy the beauty of our world unimpeded by the masses. Yes, as other reviewers have stated, a trek from the parking lot is involved, but very much worth the effort! This coastal haven...More

1  Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed September 26, 2016

My boyfriend and I recently visited this beach after a stay at the Point Arena Lighthouse. It's a long hike from the parking lot to the beach over sandy dunes, so you have to be in walking shape. Once at the beach, you will notice...More

1  Thank whalehugger
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Kelly B
December 31, 2016|
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Response from whalehugger | Reviewed this property |
we were referred to Manchester Beach by a guide at the nearby lighthouse so you might check with them i was amazed at the number of large logs on the beach..not sure why but there were a lot!!!
Andrew d
July 24, 2016|
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Response from 31401Waldo | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are!! Must be on a leash at all times tho'