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.
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.
90 degrees in October. Beach is not crowded! I’m in heaven
great campground located right outside of town. I was pleasantly surprised in the campsites and the beach is lovely!
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.
All kinds of camping here and it’s a walk to the beach. Perfect for anyone.
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!
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.
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!
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.