New Brighton State Beach

Location: County: Santa Cruz. Nearest City: Capitola. See map 1.

Campsites, facilities: There are 112 sites for tents or RVs up to 31 feet long. Piped water, fire grills, and picnic tables are provided. A sanitary disposal station, toilets, coin-operated showers, propane gas, groceries, and laundry facilities are available. Leashed pets are permitted in the campground but not on the beach.

Reservations, fees: Reservations are recommended from mid-March through October; reserve by phoning 1-800-444-PARK/7275 ($7.50 reservation fee); $17-$19 per night, $1 pet fee.

Contact: Call the state park at 1-831-464-6329 or 1-831-429-2850.

New Brighton SB
1500 Park Avenue
Capitola CA 95010

Operating hours, seasons: Call beach for information.

Park Kiosk Hours:

    • Hi Season: 8am-10pm
    • Lo Season: 8am-4pm

Directions: From Santa Cruz, drive south on Highway 1 for about five miles to the Capitola/New Brighton Beach exit. The park is just off the highway.

Weather, clothing: The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Trip notes: New Brighton State Beach features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine. The camping area is on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay. This is one in a series of state park camps set on the bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay. They are among the most popular and in-demand state campgrounds in California. Reservations are a necessity. The summer months are often foggy and cool, especially in the morning. Beachcombing and surf fishing for perch provide recreation options along with skiff rentals at the nearby Capitola Wharf. The San Lorenzo River enters the ocean nearby.








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