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Manresa State Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Looking down on Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • Welcome to Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • An easy walk down to the beach from the parking lot.- Manresa State Beach
  • Lifeguard on duty at Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • Where the cliffs and the the sand meet at Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • Fire pits are available at Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • Manresa is a popular break.- Manresa State Beach
  • Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • Stairs leading to the parking lot.- Manresa State Beach
  • Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis).- Manresa State Beach
  • A flock of pelicans soaring over the surf at Manresa State Beach.- Manresa State Beach
  • - Manresa State Beach
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Pros: 
Low congestion. Short drive.
Cons: 
Close to residential areas.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Established 1948, this 138-acre state park is a popular destination for surfers and beach enthusiasts, offering a wide stretch of shoreline for beachcombing and a classic beach break. Surrounding the beach are high cliffs with a variety of flora and fauna clinging to the side. The parking lot sits on top of the cliffs, and there are two access points to the beach.

Manresa allows fires in designated fire pits only. This is a well maintained beach, and there is not a lot of driftwood for burning; bring wood with you if you plan on having a fire. Because the beaches that are nearer to the cities tend to fill up first, this beach remains slightly less crowded than some of its neighbors. This makes Manresa an ideal location. There are a few houses right on the cliff face that overlook the beach, yet Manresa retains an undeveloped character.

As with most beaches along the Monterey Bay, a variety of wildlife can be seen from here. Seagulls and pelicans are common, and dolphins, gray whales, sea otters and sea lions also move through the area. Courses for lifeguarding and children's water safety are also hosted here in the summer. 

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