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Manresa State Beach
Visiting Manresa State Beach
Manresa State Beach rewards visitors with sweeping views of bluff-backed sand and sea, including the Santa Cruz Mountains to the northwest and the forested hills of the Monterey Peninsula to the southwest. Sunset and Manresa state beaches are approximately one mile apart on Highway 1.
Facilities & Activities
Camping— Parking for over 60 walk-in tent sites at Manresa Uplands is in a separate lot near the campground (no RVs are permitted). Pets must not be left unattended in campsites.
Fishing—Starry flounder, California halibut, barred surf perch, striped bass and surf smelt can be caught at Manresa. A sport-fishing license is required.
Picnicking— There are picnic tables along the top of the bluff which offer panoramic ocean views.
• At both beaches, dangerous rip currents, frigid water and deep offshore dropoffs make surfing and swimming hazardous for any but the most experienced surfers.
• Natural and cultural features are protected by law and may not be disturbed or removed.
• Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
• Alcohol is not permitted on the beach or in the day-use areas.
• Dogs are allowed on leach at Manresa State Beach. Dogs are allowed in the campground on a six-foot-maximum leash.
• Fires are allowed ONLY in park fire rings.
Junior Lifeguard Program
The Junior Lifeguard program is a unique and challenging aquatic program for young people. Goals of the JG program are to promote water safety and environmental awareness.
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Manresa State Beach supports two major plant communities and associated wildlife.
• Coastal scrub—Coyote brush, coastal sagebrush and lizardtail grow on the bluff. Allen’s hummingbirds, various finches, white-crowned sparrows, rufous-sided towhees and brush rabbits live on the bluff and in its understory.
• Coastal strand—Sea rocket, sand verbena and beach primrose grow in intertidal and offshore environments, sheltering sand crabs and beach hoppers. Jellyfish and other organic material support sanderlings, whimbrels, willets, western and Heermann’s gulls, and surf scoters. Sea mammals, including California gray whales, dolphins and sea otters, play offshore.
Available Activities and Facilities at Manresa State Beach
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available