About Manchester Beach:
Manchester Beach is a 5-mile-long beach, with dark-colored, fine sand, protected by cliffs, with few places to get to the water. Walk between the toilets and proceed until you find a gently descending path. Be careful; side paths lead to steep drops.
Sea debris piles up, and driftwood collects on shore.
The Snowy Plover nests here March through September. Follow posted warnings to avoid disturbing them. The endangered, foot-long, black-colored Point Arena Mountain Beaver, the most primitive rodent is also found here.
The San Andreas Fault runs into the sea at the park, but its location is not marked.
Manchester Beach Fees:
Entrance Fee: None
Parking Fee: None
Creature Comforts at Manchester Beach:
- Pit toilets near the parking area
- No food nearby. Bring your own.
- Dog are not allowed at Manchester Beach
Manchester Beach Activities:
Highs and Lows at Manchester Beach:
- It's a bit of a long walk to get to the beach, especially if you're carrying a lot of gear
- This is one of Mendocino's longest beaches, with lots of nice sand.
- There's a campground nearby in the state park, but it's not on the beach.
Take care around the cliffs. They're made of sand, and can crumble easily.