New Brighton State Beach

State Park

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1500 Park Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010
831-464-6330
831-464-6329
Reservations: 800-444-7275
Official Website

GPS: 36.9826, -121.9369

Last Price Paid: $35
Number of Sites: 111
Pad Type: asphalt
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 64 ft
Max Stay: 14
Max Length: 36 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

7 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 4G
3bars
Verizon 3G
4bars
AT&T 4G
3bars
T-Mobile 4G
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Monica
CA
Lance 1575
4 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 98
“ Spacious sites, close to town.”

Reviewed Apr 02, 2018

Overall Rating

I had this on my list of places I must camp since this campground is rated a 10 in Tom Stienstra RV Camping books. Well, I wouldn't call this campground a 10. But I will say, if one is looking for a place to stay close to Santa Cruz then this is a great location. I prefer camping away from towns and cities. Check-in was simple and easy... more

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4bars
T-Mobile 4G

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ourairstreamtrek

27 Airstream International Serenity
46 reviews
Nightly rate: $50
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 56

ourairstreamtrek would stay here again

“Great California State Park”

Reviewed Mar 25, 2018

Overall Rating

This was a great state park in the heart of the Central Coast. We visitied Pebble Beach, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and enjoyed the state park, too. Everything was within an hour and the fellow campers were great. The cliffs and big trees were amazing. It was the perfect setting for a campground. We didn’t use the bathrooms so I can’t comme... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G

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Fables and Trails
Seattle, WA
2017 Airstream Int'l Signature 27FB
2017 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
29 reviews
Nightly rate: $50
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: 94 & 76

Fables and Trails would stay here again

“Beautiful centrally located destinational stay on the coast”

Reviewed Mar 11, 2018

Overall Rating

Stayed here for two weeks, 1st week in site #94 (3.5/5), then 2nd week in premium site #76 (5/5). 1st site was nothing special but spacious and quiet during the week as the non-premium sites are not often full during the winter months, and it backs onto the electric hookup sites so there's no generators abound (other than my own). 2nd... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G
2bars
T-Mobile 4G

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AE

24 Minnie Winnie
11 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 11
Site Number: 83/86
“Spent 4 nights here. Nice and quiet. Very close to beach and bikeable to towns (Capitola/Aptos)”

Reviewed Nov 30, 2016

Overall Rating

Nice campground. Expensive and you pay for showers (due to the drought). Really easy access to beach below the cliff. We rode our bikes to Santa Cruz, Capitola and Aptos. Park wifi is decent, even great with external wifi booster.

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2bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Kate at The Sceni...

27 Airstream International FB
2014 Ram 2500
73 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 60

Kate at The Scenic Route would stay here again

“Great location, walk to beach and town”

Reviewed Jun 01, 2015

Overall Rating

We had a great few days at this park. The towns of Capitola and Santa Cruz are fantastic little beach communities with good cafes, coffee shops and a few breweries. The park is on an ocean bluff overlooking the pacific. The sites that face out over the ocean are premium sites and cost $50. It is a short but steep walk down to the bea... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G
3bars
Verizon 4G

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 105

Jeff S. would stay here again

“Very nice!”

Reviewed Mar 12, 2015

Overall Rating

This is one of the few state park campgrounds open all year in and around Santa Cruz. It is on the beach, though not exactly oceanfront. There is a steep beach trail that drops you down on a very nice beach cove. Midweek off-season the campground was quiet and about half full, however the weekend was totally booked and we couldn't stay... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Aluminarium

27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250
257 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Date stayed: 4/13/14
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 57
“Great For Families”

Reviewed Apr 21, 2014

Overall Rating

We stayed at New Brighton State Beach for a week last week during a "hazardous tree removal project" when the park wasn't taking reservations. Their 1st come 1st serve system didn't seem very efficient, but at least we were lucky enough to get a spot. The park was filled with families on spring break and it was pretty noisy duri... more

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5bars
AT&T 4G
5bars
Verizon 4G
4bars
Verizon 3G

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Scott's Thoughts

It’s been a rough winter in California. Val, Ainsley and I spent a weekend recently at New Brighton State Beach in Aptos, near Santa Cruz. It’s close to home and originally intended to shake out the tr...

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New Brighton State Beach - Aluminarium

New Brighton State Beach in Capitola, CA (near Santa Cruz) is normally a reservation-only park, but “due to a hazardous tree removal project, campsites are off reservation and available on a f...

Hookups:
  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • ADA Accessible
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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