Along with Lupine Campground and Bay Campground, the three campgrounds of Manresa State Beach are home to 64 walk-in campsites. The campground is about a 10 minute (somewhat hilly) walk from parking, but since it’s walk-in it is usually pretty quiet at night (granted you don’t come across some college students who like camping). Willow campground is located in a meadow, and therefore is less covered than the other two campgrounds.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
85 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Manresa State beach is a great place for some sandy bike riding, or an awesome destination to end your bike ride from other pl...Read more


Nearby Manresa State Park, you can get in touch with your touristy side (just don’t forget to leave some sunscreen on your nose...Read more


Manresa State Beach is the supreme spot for some surf fishing . In Manresa’s California coastal waters, anglers can catch thin...Read more


Manresa’s epic combination of white sand and steep sandstone cliffs makes for some killer hiking . Relax, we’re talking about...Read more


Manresa State Beach is an awesome spot for more experienced ocean kayakers. The waves here are fairly consistent, and the water...Read more

Wind sports

The large portion of west-facing beach creates truly spectacular wind conditions for windsurfing or kiteboarding. Wind and kite...Read more


Manresa is a popular spot for some surf, and with good reason. This spot is more exposed than other spots in Santa Cruz, and th...Read more


Although Manresa State Beach has some seriously tempting waves to splash around in, only swimmers confident in their swimmi...Read more


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Megan M.
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August 21st, 2018

Hike in campgrounds are the best! No noisy vehicles crowding & pulling in late at night. Kids can ride bikes without a worry. Just remember to bring your wagon to carry your gear from the unloading zone to your site. Sites are good size, some offer more shade & privacy. We camped at #53: it was private enough, had room for a hammock, afternoon shade & close to bathroom. Next time we'll try the sites closer to the bluff.

The campsite has it own private beach accesstrail thru the campgroundShort trail to the beach from campsitessunset on bluff overlooking ocean
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Manresa State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(831) 761-1795
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36.919° N, 121.851° W
Unknown price
Tent Only: 60 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Unknown price
RV / Trailer: 25 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)