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About New Brighton State Beach
$35.00 - $65.00
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
New Brighton State Beach is located in California
36.9807 N
-121.9349 W
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17 Reviews of New Brighton State Beach
Great Location

great campground located right outside of town. I was pleasantly surprised in the campsites and the beach is lovely!

Nice campsite, but loud

This campsite is very nice as it has hot showers, cellphone service and is close to town. We needed to run to Target for a few things and it was about 15 minutes away. The downside is that it can be loud. Since it's not secluded you can hear traffic and sirens from the road. We were on site #16 and it was a good spot. Some sites seemed like they could use more privacy, but ours was nice. Also, there is a trail down to the beach that is highly enjoyable. Overall, camping here was very nice and comfortable, but I docked one star because I could hear traffic and sirens from our tent and we were closer to the beach than the road.

One of my favorite spots

All kinds of camping here and it’s a walk to the beach. Perfect for anyone.

Santa Cruz camp spectacular!

Amazing views and setting in this campground. Stand up paddle board in the cove or go for a surf a little bit down the road. Electrical hook ups and showers are available. One of california's better state park!

Restricted Hike and Bike Camping Times

Campground does not allow hike and bike campers to stay more than one night, and you cannot check in until 4pm and must check out by 9am.  I am guessing this is because of its proximity to Santa Cruz. In May the campground was very busy with people coming from the nearby city.  The hike and bike area is near a couple of large picnic areas where you can charge your electronic devices. The view high above the ocean is very nice, but it is a bit of a hike to the beach.

Santa Cruz, Forest and Ocean!

Great campsite with hot showers for a price and some electric hook ups available. Great views and deer throughout campground. Can stand up paddle board in the bay!

peaceful fog retreat

So nice to fall asleep to the sound of the waves. Nice to have easy beach access and not worry about parking like the daytime beachgoers. Town is an easy drive in case you need a breakfast burrito. Early summer can be foggy (we like it- mellow dreamy weather), but it tends to get sunnier by late summer/early fall.

Parking lot feel with beach access

Campsites are more open then we normally like but it is a good place for families. The beach is great, but it is a little bit of a hike with all of your gear.

Ranger Review: Tredagain Hawthorne Shoes at New Brighton Beach

Campground Review: New Brighton State Park is a great beach campground, even though its on a bluff above the beach. It's just south of Santa Cruz, with lots of places to get supplies, beer, etc within a couple miles. It is a very well used campground, so reservations are a must for weekends, especially during the summer. The campsites are pricey, $35 a night for sites away from the bluffs, and $50 for sites right on the bluffs with ocean views. Each site has at least one storage locker, a picnic table, and firepit/grill combo. Some sites have two storage lockers. Firewood is available from the camp hosts, and the bathrooms and showers are very clean. Showers are $1 for 3 minutes, quarters only. The camp host and the ranger both warned us about theft, if you leave your campsite alone during the day, which is too bad, but Santa Cruz has a big meth problem, so be sure to lock your cars and keep your valuables locked up or bring them with you if you go to the beach during the day. Not a lot of hiking here, but there are some trails down to a beautiful beach for swimming or lounging. The weather and ocean in Santa Cruz is much warmer than the surrounding areas, so swimming is not a problem. If you do leave the park to get supplies or food, I would highly recommend Sno-White for burgers and Seacliff Plaza Store for booze, firewood, and beach gear. 4 out of 5 stars for the campground

Product Review: Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get to test products from time to time. At New Brighton, I tested the Tredagain Hawthorne shoes

These shoes are super comfortable and durable, but I don't know how they would hold up if they got wet, or for moderate hiking trips, for sure they aren't for long hikes or backpacking. They have found a spot with my camping gear as a shoe I wear if it is too cold to wear sandals, or if the campground is rocky or has long walks to the bathrooms. For the old school folks, they are a lot like Vans Half Cab shoes, flat soles and no arch support. They get a 4 our of 5 review for their purpose, just don't expect to hike in these.

good luck

hard to find a spot here these days but a great camping spot above the beach