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Manresa State Beach and Sunset Beach

Manresa State Beach
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Manresa State Beach and Sunset State Beach, South Santa Cruz County, California

Following Highway 1 South, there is a lovely expanse of quiet, spacious beaches just past Aptos, California. About 20 minutes removed from the often impacted beaches in Santa Cruz, Manresa and Sunset State Beaches possess everything you’d expect from a fulfilling beach visit, minus the crowd. The unobstructed miles of sand are perfect for long walks and running. These beaches are excellent destinations for families, as there is usually always room to comfortably spread out. There is plenty of sand from the tree- lined bluff to the shoreline. Make your trip an overnighter and stay at the Sunset State Beach wooded campgrounds. There is also camping offered at Manresa Uplands Campgrounds, just one mile south of Manresa State Beach. Both campgrounds feature restrooms and showers and are located near to shopping centers. Both beaches are great venues for surfing, water play, recreation and fishing.

Tips for Manresa Beach

  • Bring layered clothing, as the weather conditions vary and the breeze can come up, even when it’s sunny. It is typical for the fog to roll in during the late afternoon and early evening.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on Sunset State Beach. They are allowed in the Sunset Beach campgrounds, on leash. Dogs are allowed on Manresa Beach, on leash only.
  • Pay parking lots are available at both destinations.