Seacliff State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz County


Seacliff Beach


Concrete ship at Seacliff State Beach, CA

The Palo Alto - 2014

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

The Santa Cruz and Monterey coast attracts visitors from far and wide. From great surfing around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast, there is so much to see and do. Campers at Seacliff State Beach Campground have a wonderful ocean view.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Seacliff State Beach Campground Regulations

  1. A self-contained vehicle contains permanent working plumbing fixtures, flushable toilets, and a sealed effluent holding tank.
  2. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
  3. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. In the campground they must be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. Generators may only be used from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  5. No effluent, gray or fresh water may be discharged onto the ground.
  6. For safety, stay on the hiking trails as the bluff walls are steep.

Seacliff State Beach Campground

Seacliff State Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Santa Cruz County. With a reputation for gentle surf and great facilities for beach-goers, summer weekends usually see the parking lots full. A popular attraction is the pier which once connected to an old concrete ship beached there in 1929. During the 2017 winter the ship broke into pieces and the pier was damaged. After repairs are made, the pier, which is a popular fishing spot, will reopen. On shore are great picnic areas, a snack shop, and a small Visitors Center.

Seacliff State Beach Campground is only for self-contained RVs and trailers. There is no tent camping. The 60 campsites are arranged in a single row along the edge of the sand, giving campers great views of the ocean from their RVs. Twenty-six of the sites at Seacliff State Beach Campground have full hook-ups. Each site usually has space for campers to set up a small table and a raised fire ring.

Reservations are accepted for most sites. However, a limited number of non-hook up campsites are sold by lottery each day at 12:30 p.m. Prospective campers must be present with their RVs before noon to sign up for the lottery. Any remaining campsites will be first-come, first-served.

Seacliff State Beach Campground Basics
Seacliff State Beach Campground Location: State Park Dr. off Highway 101 in Aptos
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 60
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (one driven and one towed)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (831) 685-6442

Reservations at Seacliff State Beach Campground
Reservations available year-round, up to 6 months in advance
Maximum Vehicle Length: Hook-up sites 45 feet
Non-hook-up sites Lot A 35 feet, Lots B and C 45 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: most campsites and all restrooms
Fees: Premium sites - $55
Hook-up sites - $65
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: seacliff State Beach Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Seacliff Beach Campground Amenities
Campsites: some hook-ups available
Campground: piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Seacliff Beach Campground Map
Attractions near Seacliff State Beach Campground: Tour the Visitor Center. Enjoy the pier/ Grab a bite at the snack bar. Enjoy sunbathing, picnicking, surfing, and fishing. Visit nearby Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos. Drive south to Sunset Beach and Manresa Beach.

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.

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