Manresa Beach Camping

Santa Cruz County

Manresa State Beach


  • 64 walk-in, tent-only campsites total
  • Campground divided into 3 clusters:
    • Willow Camps
    • Bay Camps
    • Lupine Camps
  • 2 accessible, tent-only campsites
  • No RVs
  • Tables, fire pits with grills, food locker
  • Campsites are for a maximum of 8 people
  • Checkout time 2:00 PM


  • $35 per night


Campground Facilities

  • Restrooms and pay showers (25 cents for 2 minutes)
  • Campground host
  • Amphitheater

Campground Regulations

  • No camping on lawn areas, set tents on dirt pad in campsite.
  • Pets must be on leash and attended.
  • 7 days maximum camping.
  • Quiet hours 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  • Alcohol only allowed in campsite.

Manresa State Beach Camping

Manresa State Beach camping is at Manresa Uplands, on a bluff above the beach. Camping is for walk-in, tents only. Campers may park at the lower lot for 20 minutes while they unload or load and then must move their vehicle to the upper lot. The sites are situated around central areas of lawn.


In the summer spaces at Manresa State Beach fill up quickly as soon as each month's reservations become available 7 months in advance. Each new month's reservations are offered as a block on the first day of the month. Sites 11, 31, and 32 do not appear on Reserve America's website. They may not be available.

Manresa Beach campground, Santa Cruz County, CA

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Advice from Previous Campers

  1. Beach dew: Overnight dew settles on everything in your camp. Bring rags to wipe things down or cover chairs at night
  2. Prevent Theft: Don't leave valuables in your car.
  3. Showers: Bring quarters for showers.
  4. Raccoons may visit your campsite at night looking for food. Be sure food is secure in the locker or in your vehicle.
  5. Best campsites: Don't camp near the restrooms. Bring toilet paper in case they run out.
  6. Transporting your Gear: Bring a little cart to haul your gear to your campsite.

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