About Irish Beach in Manchester, California
Irish Beach is a public beach in the unincorporated Mendocino County housing community of the same name. The beach is open to the public like all California beaches are, but roads to the beach are gated and signed “no trespassing.” Unfortunately, access from the community is only for the home owners, guests, and vacation home renters who stay in Irish Beach. If you are lucky enough to be staying here, it requires a long walk to the beach down the roads on the south end of town near Irish Gulch. If you have a key to the gate you can drive to the bottom where only piles of driftwood separate you from the sand. For the rest of us, the only way to get here is to walk north on the sand from the Alder Creek Access at Manchester State Beach. This is a one-mile beach walk, but that access is nearly a one mile trail walk to the beach which makes it a four mile round trip to Irish Beach. If you drive north on Highway 1 from Irish Beach there is a scenic lookout signed “Vista Point” with a parking area overlooking Mallo Pass Creek Beach that is good for whale watching December through April.
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