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 ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 22nd, 2015

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.

Great sunsets at New Brighton
Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 29th, 2015

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).

Hipcamper Crystal
Crystal C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 15th, 2015

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!

View of the Beach from the trailView of the Sunset from campgroundNew Brighton State Beach, just down a nice path
Hipcamper Bryn
Bryn K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 27th, 2015

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!

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 29th, 2015

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

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 29th, 2015

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

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 29th, 2015

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

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 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!

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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