New Brighton Campground

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About New Brighton Campground

Description

New Brighton State Beach campground is off use to day visitors, so make use of its many splendors and stay the night! The location is view-tastic, atop an oceanside bluff and though the campsites aren’t known for privacy, hiking trails will lead you from the site directly down to the beach or to the nearby village known as Capitola by the Sea. Nine campsites are considered Read more...
New Brighton State Beach campground is off use to day visitors, so make use of its many splendors and stay the night! The location is view-tastic, atop an oceanside bluff and though the campsites aren’t known for privacy, hiking trails will lead you from the site directly down to the beach or to the nearby village known as Capitola by the Sea. Nine campsites are considered premium due to their particularly well-positioned spots overlooking beach-style sunsets. For an extra fee one of those nine sites could be yours, but if premium’s not your jam, 102 other campsites await your choosing, as well as RV accommodation and developed restrooms with hot pay showers. This site fills up fast, so book in advance!
Fires are allowed
Pets are allowed
Potable water is not available
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 109
  • Phone: (831) 464-6329
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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Hipcamper Courtney

This campground sits right above a great beach for launching a kayak or paddleboard. Some of the sites are kind of wide open and it is popular with the RV crowd. Try to stay closer to the beach, the farther back you stay you will hear noise from Highway 1.

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Hipcamper Matthew

If you have never been to Gayle's Bakery (Bay and Capitola), do yourself a favor and go! Be warned, the place gets very busy on the weekends and opens at 6am. Get the take and bake garlic bread (for cooking back home when you're done camping).

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Hipcamper Crystal

Only an hour from SF!
Pros: HUGE sites (but sizes vary... the map on website is a decent indication). Hot showers and running water. Nice beach with a really well maintained trail to it. Close enough to civilization to grab necessities you forgot.
Cons: inconsistent site facilities (some have working faucet, some have huge bear locker, most don't). $10 charge per car (1 included with res). Slight hwy noise even at sites close to cliff.

We stayed at site 71 with 4 tents and could have fit a couple more. Can't really see the ocean from the non-premium sites, but if you're not fussed about that, don't spend the extra $15.

Second the recommendation for Gayle's Bakery in Capitola. We'll definitely be staying here again!

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Hipcamper Bryn

We only stayed here passing through, but I did notice how many families and trailers were around. Kids were biking everywhere and having a great time!

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Hipcamper Matthew

Pay the extra $15 for a ocean front campsite (if they're available), the views are amazing and the sites are GIANT.

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Hipcamper Matthew

For the walk-in campers: They release open campsites at 2pm, but arrive early on busier day to get your name on the waitlist.

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Hipcamper Matthew

The fire wood available for purchase is expensive ($10, but goes to conservation efforts) and damp.

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Hipcamper Sully

Green and shaded with a few beautiful areas for larger groups to gather or have bigger bbqs or just watch the sun set from the top of the cliffs.

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Hipcamper Jenny

Beautiful campground, some of the sites are a little close together. There is poison oak in many areas. Beware and watch out. Warn children too!

Hipcamper Bryn

Also, if you need a camping cheat and want to get a warm meal, highly recommend Bangkok West, about 1 mile away. It was delicious!

Hipcamper Nathan

Downtown Capitola is a cool little beach town and Nacime Marks is an awesome park with lots of great trails.

Hipcamper Anthony

Only a short walk from the beach bust rsvp a spot early

Hipcamper Justin

The availability of hot water for showers and dish washing makes this appealing for new campers.

Park
New Brighton State Beach
State
California
Phone Number
(831) 464-6329
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
36.98° N, 121.934° W
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