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New Brighton State Beach Campground


General Information

New Brighton State Beach Campground
Santa Cruz, CA


Over 100 sites for RVs and trailers up to 36 feet and/or tents, some with hookups

Site #73 is on the edge of the bluff and has great views and is a bit more isolated than others nearby.

Primary Needs

Restrooms and showers


Some sites have hookups. Dump station available.

All sites have picnic tables, food storage lockers and fire rings, and fires are allowed only in the rings.

Firewood can be purchased from the campground host.


Beach play, swimming, fishing


Shaded under pine and eucalyptus trees on a bluff above the beach, New Brighton State Beach's campground offers spread-out campsites, a short hike from the beach. It's four miles south of Santa Cruz.

Furry Friends

Dogs allowed on leashes.

Getting to New Brighton State Beach

Exit CA Hwy 1 at exit #436 - Park Avenue near Capitola (4 miles south of Santa Cruz) and follow the signs.

More about New Brighton State Beach Campground

Reservations can be made year round, but a few sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis December through March. Make them as early as you can. Learn about how to make California state park reservations.

Some visitors complain about dead kelp plants on the beach and the flies that always seem to be attracted to it, which is a seasonal problem.

There is a fee to enter the park, even if you aren't camping.


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