Manresa State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz County


Manresa State Beach


Manresa State Beach Campground, CA

Manresa State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

Visitors to the Santa Cruz - Monterey coast find many wonderful attractions from popular surfing destinations around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast. Campers at Manresa State Beach Campground find a quiet beach to enjoy without the crowds.

  • Surfing is popular at Santa Cruz's famous Steamer Lane as well as to the south at Carmel.
  • Excellent pier fishing can be enjoyed at Santa Cruz's well-developed wharf as well as at the Capitola's pier and the popular Seacliff Beach pier.
  • For wildlife and scenery, Point Lobos State Park leads the list. There are also many more wonders to be enjoyed all the way down the Big Sur coast.
  • Attend the Begonia Festival on Labor Day weekend at Capitola Beach.
  • Visit beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
  • See the green sand and the spectacular rocks at Pfeiffer Beach.

Key Manresa State Beach Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and are not permitted on trails or the beach. At night they must be confined to a tent or vehicle.
  3. Generators are not allowed at Manresa State Beach.
  4. For safety, stay on the hiking trails as the canyon walls are steep.

Manresa State Beach Campground

Manresa State Beach is in southern Santa Cruz County, between Seacliff Beach and Sunset Beach. Visitors to Manresa Beach often find it far less crowded than its neighbors. Manresa State Beach Campground is situated on the bluffs well above the beach. Access to the beach from the campground area is via a gently sloped paved ramp. Visitors enjoy walking the shoreline, watching for wildlife, sunbathing, playing in the sand, and surf fishing.

Manresa State Beach Campground is set up for tents only. Campers park nearby to unload their gear and then move their vehicles to an upper lot for overnight parking. The campground's 60 campsites are arranged in 3 clusters around central lawn areas - Willow Camps, Bay Camps, and Lupine Camps.

Manresa State Beach Campground Basics
Manresa State Beach Campground Location: San Andreas Road off Highway 1, south of Aptos
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 60
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (one driven and one towed)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (831) 761-1795

Reservations for Manresa State Beach Campground
Reservations available Mid-May through October
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of your arrival.
wheelchair accessible Sites: #38, 29
Fees: Standard sites - $35
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Manressa State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Manresa State Beach Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, grill, fire ring, food storage locker, no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water, amphitheater
Showers: Hot showers, coin operated
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Manresa State Beach Campground Map
Attractions near Manresa State Beach Campground: Relax at Manresa Beach with sunbathing, picnicking, surfing, and fishing. Explore the nearby Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos. Head over to neighboring Seacliff Beach and Sunset Beach.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

Manresa State Beach, CA

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