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New Brighton State Beach Campground



New Brighton State Beach

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Locals love to visit New Brighton Beach to play in the waves, run with the dogs or go fishing. At night, it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, but during the day it bustles with visitors. 

New Brighton also offers the most ocean view campsites in the Santa Cruz area.

The Campground

New Brighton has over 100 sites for RVs and trailers up to 36 feet long, some with hookups. Tent camping is also allowed.

The sites are a bit small, so hope for good neighbors. If you want a little more personal space, this may not be the place for you.

Each campsite at New Brighton is different. Sites 1-34 and 67-90 have trees for shade and ocean views. Site #73 sits on the edge of the bluff, with great views and is a bit more isolated than others nearby.

Other sites are in sunny, open areas.

The Experience

Most of the year, New Brighton is a nice beach, but sometimes Mother Nature has an impact on that. Visitors sometimes complain about dead vegetation on the beach and the flies that are attracted to it, a problem that is worst in summer.

Some online reviewers comment: "Kids can party pretty loud at night here."

When you're tired of roasting marshmallows and building sandcastles, you're within a mile of the town of Capitola, where you can do a little shopping, watch the surfers or have a nice meal out.

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

Furry Friends

Dogs allowed on leashes.

Plan Ahead to Camp at New Brighton

Reservations can be made year round, but a few sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis December through March. Avoid the need to say "I should have listened and done this sooner:" reserve as early as you can. Learn about how to make California state park reservations.

Details About Camping at New Brighton

New Brighton State Beach Campground
Santa Cruz, CA

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

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