Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About New Brighton State Beach

Named for the famed coastal resort in England, the New Brighton State Beach Campground and bluffs of New Brighton have drawn visitors—human and animal alike—for centuries. The forested bluffs offer a campground, hiking trails, and sweeping views of Monterey Bay just steps from a sandy shore perfect for fishing, beach combing, and (in warmer months) swimming.

Amenities include, environment learning center, fishing, interpretive exhibits, beach area, windsurfing, surfing, and geocaching.

Reservation Info
Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.
$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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20 Reviews of New Brighton State Beach
Capitola Cliffside Sunsets in January!

Sweet lil spot right outside Capitola came in on a Monday night and all the premium sites were booked. Direct access to the beach. Showers kinda meh but the rest made up for it!

Great campground

Great campground out side of town. Large spaces out spots. Books out fast and hard to get into.

Hands down the best

90 degrees in October. Beach is not crowded! I’m in heaven

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.