After camping at Sunset State Beach back in January, Clay and I noticed a sign for Manresa State Beach right next door as we were driving home. Of course, we decided to book it two seasons ahead for a summer camping trip that we finally got to enjoy this past weekend with some of our good friends from Cal!
Saturday morning, we started the day off with some acai bowls and brunch at Cafe Brasil in Santa Cruz. (The drive to Manresa was only 20 minutes away from the restaurant.) One thing we discovered about this campsite when we arrived was that it was walk-in only, which meant that we couldn't park right next to it and had to carry in all our stuff a little ways. The walk was not bad at all and honestly, I was glad to have some extra arm workout. (Side note: the car parked next to us in the loading lot brought a ton of stuff including a goat haha, so I guess pets are allowed.) Another thing we noticed was that the surrounding terrain was somewhat dry and several of the campsites were right under the sun without too much shade. Besides those two minor concerns, I loved that our site (#10) was extremely spacious and conveniently located near the restroom. We even had a small dome-like tree that we could place our cooler in to keep cool from the heat!
The best part of the campground, however, was its location on a cliff above the beach within 5 minutes walking distance, easily accessible by a short path and some wooden steps. We grabbed our sun hats & towels, headed down to the beach, and each had our turns napping on the warm sand, feeling the nice ocean breeze. We couldn't have asked for better temperature or weather conditions. Being able to just hang out, walk along the shore, collect some sand dollars made for a pretty relaxing time at the beach. Some of us even ended up going back toward the beach again after dinner to watch the sun set stunningly beyond the ocean (as well as to investigate on some crazy swarm of birds o_o).
The rest of the evening consisted of reciting our best lines to disney songs around the campfire and some competitive, but fun bean farming/trading inside the tent. Anyway, to conclude this trip's review, beach + camping + summertime + friends = a great combo that can't really go wrong :)
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