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!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
109 sites
Up to 25 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Hipcamper Mandy
Mandy S.
recommends this listing.
January 23rd, 2019

This campground can get crowded. The winter is a great time to visit.

Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa M.
recommends this listing.
November 23rd, 2018

Book way in advance. Also, Santa Cruz has it's best weather in September and October.

Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa V.
recommends this listing.
May 18th, 2018

Stunning views. Great beach access. Definitely worth the extra money for the premier campsites. Book in advance!

Hipcamper Justin
Justin L.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2017

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

Hipcamper Anthony
Anthony V.
recommends this listing.
May 21st, 2017

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

Hipcamper Jacqueline
Jacqueline L.
recommends this listing.
May 5th, 2017

Close to the ocean

Hipcamper Jenny
Jenny R.
recommends this listing.
April 7th, 2017

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 Xanthe
Xanthe &.
recommends this listing.
February 19th, 2017

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.

Great sunset views 🌅stars van lodging
Hipcamper Nathan
Nathan H.
recommends this listing.
February 3rd, 2017

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

New Brighton State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(831) 464-6329
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36.98° N, 121.934° W
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