Manresa Beach Campground

Santa Cruz County

Manresa Beach

Manresa State Beach, CA

Manresa State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

Visitors to the Santa Cruz - Monterey coast find a wide variety of attractions from popular surfing destinations around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast.

  • 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 and concrete ship.
  • 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 Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife
  2. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. In the campground they must be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Fires are only allowed in park fire rings.

Manressa State Breach Campgrounds

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. The 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 Beach campgrounds are 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.

Campground Basics
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 available Mid-May through October
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival.
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
wheelchair accessible Sites: #38, 29
Fees: Standard sites - $35
Reservations: Manresa Beach Campground Reservations
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Manresa 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 Beach Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Manresa Beach with sunbathing, picnicking, surfing, fishing; nearby Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos, Seacliff Beach, Sunset Beach

Manresa State Beach, CA

Manresa State Beach

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