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.
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.