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.
This beautiful campground is right on the beach and very close to the touristy areas of Capitola and Aptos. We walked along the beach to Aptos and Sea Cliff for dinner one night, and rode our bikes to Capitola for the day. The weather was beautiful and sunny when we were here in late February, but it did get windy in the night.
Most sites are dry camping only, but there are a few with hookups. There is a dump station with 4 dumps and potable water to fill your tanks on the way out (beware that it gets backed up with RVs using the dump right around the noon checkout time). Potable water spigot is up past the dump area.
This campground will not let you check in before 2pm, and will give you a free pass and direct you to the day use parking lot at Sea Cliff to wait, as the New Brighton day use parking lot is under construction to repair a sinkhole.
There are coin operated showers here, but the showers ate our $0.75 when we tried to use them, so be aware.
Garbage and recycling bins available here.
There are hike-in and bike-in sites, but be sure to look up what is open before you come as things seem to be changing frequently as covid guidance changes. I saw a sign for enroute camping for bikers as well.
Bear box, metal fire pit, and picnic tables provided at each site. Firewood available for sale.
Good cell reception.
$35 for dry camping
$50 for premium / hookups
$8 reservation fee
no extra fee for dogs
Great campground with beach access. Nice paved camp spots with picnic tables, storage boxes and food storage lockers. Pay showers were nice.
Lot of space with amazing view to the ocean and trail to the beach. Free restroom and showers work with quarters. Firewood pit and lot of grass. Free Sewage and fresh water on the entrance.
Very quiet area and pretty well spaced out sites (for a coastal campground). Once the sun went down there were very few people outside. Good beach access (down a ramped pathway and then staircase). Bathrooms are clean and single occupant. Pay showers (so bring quarters-25 cents a minute). There is a little noise from route 1, but our campsite was closer to the ocean so didn’t bother us at all. Will definitely stay here again.
Nice camp area. Little distance to the beach although the beach area was small. Weather was nice.
Great campground and location. You can easily walk to the beach. Close to Capitola Village, Santa Cruz, and Kayaking at Moss Landing. There are some wonderful large campsites facing the beach but hard to reserve unless you are quick to get in when window opens up. The other sites are OK and there are a lot of them. Some are close together but walk to the beach and there is lots of room.
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Great campground and location. Walk the beach or hike a trail, lots of options. Short walk or bike ride to the beautiful Capitola Village. Observe the local wildlife including birds, whales, otters, seals, the list goes on. Amazing tide pools. Many activities to do here… bicycling, kayaking, skatepark, pump track, hiking, running, the list goes on again.
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 out side of town. Large spaces out spots. Books out fast and hard to get into.