Manresa State Beach Camping is tents only, no RVs, mid-May through September. Parking for over 60 walk-in tent sites at Manresa Uplands is in a separate lot near the campground. Pets must not be left unattended in campsites. One vehicle is included in camping fees.
Stopped here on a one night stay on the way down to Big Sur. Had campsite #1 which was decently sized and right in the middle of the camp. The camp is a bit on the bluff and not directly on the beach, but you can get down there with a short walk. There were a ton of families here so it was a bit loud, but not too bad.
Would stay here again
The drive in was a little confusing. We got most of our turns right the first time around and still spent a while circling trying to tell if we were where we were supposed to be. Site was nice- pretty close to neighbors, but plenty of bush between us to make the site feel somewhat private. Bathrooms were nice and clean. It would be awesome if there were someone working as a greeter/camp host all hours, but we figured out what was what eventually. It was a bit of a downhill walk to get to the beach, which was awesome. It was pretty foggy in the morning but that burned off and gave way to a nice warm(ish) day (in June). Wind picks up in the afternoon- bring layers!
Beautiful views of the ocean just steps from your tent. During the summer months, whales and dolphins can be seen cruising through the ocean around sunset.
I've been to this campground a handful of time, and keep coming back. Walk up sites, clean restrooms, private beach, you can bring the pup and it's off the beaten track a bit. There are a LOT of raccoons, so pack up your stuff well. There are bathrooms and showers.
It's a lot of work to haul your stuff from the drop off area to your site. It's a bit of a walk to the beach from the campground. It's a beautiful beach and not crowded however. This beach camping has some sites where you can have some privacy but mostly it's just a mass camping area. Way more spread out that the near by New Brighton SB Campground. It's an interesting set up. Not my number one pick but there's nothing wrong with it.