Manresa Beach

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Rating: C

Families often like to visit Manresa State Beach because of its nice views and good, dependable, mostly flat sand. But in the sand dunes of the north end, it sometimes feels like a different world because of the small numbers of nude sunbathers who've been attracted to it for years. Those who stay in the dune area seem to have few problems. Remembers Ron Schafer, former head of the state parks for the Bay Area region and a staffer at Manresa State Beach: "In some of the more remote areas, there were people who would sunbathe without clothing." Adds Schafer, who is now superintendent of the state parks' Angeles district, "It was a plain old non-issue (to rangers)."

 

Part of Manresa Beach State Park. In areas of the beach frequently used by families and other visitors, rangers will probably ask naturists to put their suits on. Elsewhere, enforcement of the park's nudity policy seems to be left up to the individual ranger.

 

How to find it:

From Santa Cruz, follow Highway 1 south past Watsonville to the Larkin Valley Road exit and look for the town of La Selva Beach. Turn right on San Andreas Road and follow it to its terminus near the beach. Walk north to the dunes near the beach property, just south of La Selva Beach.

 

The beach:

Sandy and beautiful. Many naturists prefer the dunes north of the main public beach.

 

The crowd:

Same as at La Selva. Manressa only draws occasional nudity.

 

Problems:

Same as at La Selva.

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