Sunset State Beach

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About Sunset State Beach

This 1.5 mile-long stretch of beach features massive sand dunes and dotted pine trees. It is bordered by large agricultural fields and is a year round destination, visited by many. The beach rewards visitors with sweeping views of bluff-backed sand and sea, including the Santa Cruz Mountains to the northwest and the forested hills of the Monterey Peninsula to the southwest. Although it is small, it has a lot of natural beauty on offer. This all makes for a nice little getaway location!

Campgrounds in Sunset

Sunset Campground

1. Sunset Campground

93% Recommend (14 Campers)

Sunset Campground offers 90 campsites with sprawling farms on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. While none of the sites offer water...

Krishna
Krishna: The campground is family friendly. We were 3 families and we shared a camp site and it was easy. The trail to the beach is...
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The best campsites are at Dunes Camp (Campsites 65-80)

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Be careful of them pesky raccoons, lock up your “bear box” or you might just wake up to a “bare box”

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Hipcamper Bryn

Definitely +1 for Dunes Campsites - and plan to spend the afternoon at the beach beforehand. The sites are really close together, so if you're coming with a big group that's loud, book the group site. It's way more private and spacious.

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Hipcamper Krishna

The campground is family friendly. We were 3 families and we shared a camp site and it was easy. The trail to the beach is close by. We were in site #79 and it was an easy access to the beach trail from there. Day time was a bit hot when we went - May. Overall amazing experience... Privacy is not very high here though.

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Dress for the weather...it’s on the coast and the temperature changes drastically

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This is a great spot for a beachgoer, but hikers/bikers may want to look elsewhere...there are limited trails.

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There are big disparities between the campsites, choose accordingly for your group size.

Hipcamper Trish

These campgrounds are family friendly. Our campsite [#13] had a metal fire pit and the beautiful trees allowed for some privacy from all of the larger family groups nearby. The trail to Sunset Beach is easy to access & the beach lookout point is amazing!

Hipcamper Jessica

Look at the sites before you pitch your tent! The locations are very different. Also- there is a large hill you have to climb to get to the beach. Be prepared!

History of Sunset State Beach

As with most of the surrounding area, the Ohlone lived along this beautiful coastal stretch. The land provided an abundance of food, including abalone, mussels and an assortment of sea mammals. Life was relatively peaceful until the mission system came into place. It was an event that would forever change the Ohlone’s culture.