Earlier this year we headed to Mendocino area for a little romantic getaway. We enjoyed our time there and decided to take the scenic route home. One of the stops we made was the beach at Manchester State Park. It’s just north of Point Arena Lighthouse, and even has the cutest KOA campground nearby.
The path to the beach led through the dunes from the parking area. Once on the beach the sand was dark and warm. Lots of driftwood was scattered about, I gathered some to shape into a heart. In the distance stood Point Arena Lighthouse and Stornetta National Monument/Public Lands. The sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline was very present, and we only shared the beach with a handful of others. The waves cut into the beach along the shoreline, and a small creek ran along the beach before depositing into the ocean.
I don’t know that it is the type of beach we’d stay at all day, but it certainly made for a peaceful stop.