New Brighton State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz County

New Brighton Beach

Campground at New Brighton State Beach, CA

New Brighton State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

The Santa Cruz and Monterey coast is a popular vacation destination from great surfing around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast. Campers at New Brighton State Beach Campground have a comfortable bluff-top setting with wonderful views of the ocean.

  • Surfing is popular at Santa Cruz's famous Steamer Lane as well as to the south at Carmel.
  • Excellent pier fishing can be enjoyed at Santa Cruz's well-developed wharf as well as at the Capitola's pier and the popular Seacliff Beach pier.
  • For wildlife and scenery, Point Lobos State Park leads the list. There are also many more wonders to be enjoyed all the way down the Big Sur coast.
  • Attend the Begonia Festival on Labor Day weekend at Capitola Beach.
  • Visit beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
  • See the green sand and the spectacular rocks at Pfeiffer Beach.

Key New Brighton State Beach Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
  2. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. In the campground they must be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Generators may only be used from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  4. No effluent, gray or fresh water may be discharged onto the ground.
  5. For safety, stay on the hiking trails as the bluff walls are steep.

New Brighton State Beach Campground

New Brighton State Beach Campground is located just south of popular Capitola Beach in Santa Cruz County. New Brighton is within walking distance of both Capitola and Seacliff State Beach. The main attraction of New Brighton is its campground. Campsites are spread among the trees on the bluff, with 9 premium sites overlooking the ocean. Trails lead from the campground down to the beach.

In all, New Brighton State Beach Campground has 109 family campsites. Of those, 10 have hook-ups for RVs or trailer. Nine sites are designated for tents only. The rest - including the premium sites - can accommodate RVs, trailers, or tents.

New Brighton State Beach Campground also has 3 Group Campsites as well as a Hike & Bike campsite.

New Brighton State Beach Campground Basics
New Brighton State Beach Campground Location: New Brighton/Park Ave exit off Highway 1, Aptos
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 109
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (one driven and one towed)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (831) 464-6330

Reservations at New Brighton State Beach Campground
Reservations available Reservations are available year-round, up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 36 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: #27, 77, 80, 95, and 107; and all restrooms
Fees: Standard sites - $35
Hook-up sites - $50
Premium sites $50
Hike & Bike Site $5 per person
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: New Brighton State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

New Brighton State Beach Campground Amenities
Campsites: picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage locker
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water
Showers: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: New Brighton Beach Campground Map
Attractions near New Brighton State Beach Campground: Enjoy New Brighton Beach for sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, kayaking, and fishing. Walk along the beach to nearby Seacliff Beach with a visitor Center, pier, and snack bar. Drive to nearby Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos. Walk to Capitola for restaurants, shopping and the wharf. Visit Sunset Beach and Manresa Beach to the south.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

New Brighton Beach Group Campsites

New Brighton Beach has 3 group campsites. The tent-only campsites can each accommodate from 9 to 25 people and up to 4 vehicles. The group sites are on the west side of the campground.
Fee: $185 per night
Reservations: New Brighton Beach Group Camp Reservations

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