Seacliff Beach Campground

Santa Cruz County

Seacliff Beach

Concrete ship at Seacliff State Beach, CA

The Palo Alto - 2014

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

Visitors to the Santa Cruz - Monterey coast find a wide variety of attractions from popular surfing destinations around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast.

  • 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 and concrete ship.
  • 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 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. Campers must supply their own raised fire ring.
  5. Generators may only be used from 10 AM to 8 PM.

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 connects to an old concrete ship which was beached there in 1929. The vessel is no longer safe for visitors, but the pier is still open and a popular fishing spot. On shore are great picnic areas, a snack shop, and a small Visitors Center.

The camping area at Seacliff Beach 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 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.

Campground Basics
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 available year-round, up to 7 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
Reservations: Seacliff Beach Campground Reservations
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
Nearby Attractions: Visitor Center, pier, snack bar, sunbathing, picnicking, surfing, fishing; nearby Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos, Sunset Beach, Manresa Beach

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