New Brighton State Beach
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New Brighton State Beach is one of the most popular and most visited state beaches in California. This 93-acre park along the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz offers spectacular views of the Monterey Bay. It is famous for its family-oriented campground which sits on the towering bluffs high above the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful, lush vegetation of towering pine trees, Monterey Cypress, oak, eucalyptus trees, and wild berry vines surround campers with a peaceful tranquility. Once the site of a Chinese fishing village, it now offers locals and visitors a haven from the hectic pace of city life.
The beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. Take the New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Hwy 1, turn right at bottom of ramp, and left at 1st stop sign. Follow the road to park gate.
See, explore and experience the stories of people, settlers and cultures that are a part of this region’s rich history. The Pacific Migrations Visitor Center explores the many Pacific Rim migrations, both by people and by creatures of the air and sea. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620 or (831) 685-6444. Open Thursdays – Sundays in April and Wednesdays – Sundays beginning in May.
- Picnicking (with group sites)
- Hike/bike sites
- RV sanitation station
- Food, lodging and supplies are available nearby
There are 85 camp sites of varying size and services available. Call 800-444-7275 to make a reservation. The back loop of the campground is closed from Nov. 1 to the end of February.
- Regular (72 sites, up to 36′) $35 night
- Premium (4 sites) $50 night (best ocean views)
- Hookup (6 sites) $50 night
- Group Site (3 sites)
Juveniles under 18 years of age not camping with a parent or legal guardian must have WRITTEN permission to camp in the park. Permission letters must include the name of the park, the name of the juvenile, the dates they may stay and the name, address, phone number and signature of the person’s parent or legal guardian. The parent must be reachable at all times during the juvenile’s visit. Children 14 years of age and under may not camp without a parent present during the stay.
- Sand wheelchairs available — learn more in the Hilltromper Beach Accessibility Guide
Weather varies from cool, misty mornings to hot summer afternoons. Layered clothing is advised.
- School programs by appointment, call 831-685-6444
- Seasonal Junior Ranger programs, call 831-464-5620
- Family programs
- Guided tours
- Historic sites
Open daily sunrise to sunset, year round.
$10 day use parking fee.
Dogs are allowed on the beach on leash.