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: $48
Number of Sites: 111
Pad Type: asphalt
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 64 ft
Max Stay: 14
Max Length: 36 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

13 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 3G
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
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2 reviews
Nightly rate: $48
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 54

Fred would stay here again

“Make sure that you have a reservation ”

Reviewed May 23, 2019

Overall Rating

We wanted to stay 3 nights but got only space for 2.You have to go through a complicate procedure a combination of showing up in the morning to get on the waiting list and beeing there personally at 10 to 2. How strange! The spot is nice with clean showers (run on quarters) and restrooms. The highlight of course is the beach access do... more

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

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


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bfliflet
El Dorado Hills, CA 23' Winnebago Micro Minnie 2108DS Chevrolet 2019 Silverado
2 reviews
Nightly rate: $50
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 75
“Premium lots overpriced given lack of maintenance”

Reviewed May 17, 2019

Overall Rating

As others have stated, this place feels like the last time a landscaper came by was a few years ago. The growth can heavily influence the view from some of the premium sites like ours. 76 had a better view than ours or was at least less affected by the growth. Ironically, the day we were leaving the camp host was weed-eating his own... more

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RowleyRV
Linden, CA 35' Grand Design 337 Chevrolet 3500
11 reviews
Nightly rate: $50
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 078

RowleyRV would stay here again

“Nice ocean view from the bluff”

Reviewed Feb 06, 2019

Overall Rating

Don't know how we got a reservation for this spot but we stayed in site 078 on 1/6-11/2019, beautiful view but with some down falls, since your camp is on the bluff with a great view other campers have no respect for you campsite as the walk through trying to get to see the ocean. Its not the new campers its old geezers that don't re... more

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1bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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3 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 64
“not for me”

Reviewed Dec 08, 2018

Overall Rating

This is an over used CA state park with little to no amenities other than the view that you will have to pay for. The sites are dirty and small and the area is noisy. ☹️

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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9 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0
“Rude Staff, Small Sites, Too Many Rules”

Reviewed Oct 10, 2018

Overall Rating

I had high hopes for this place due to its close prioximty to town, but that faded quickly before we were able to get a site. The young girl and guy at the kiosk told me that they indeed had sites available, but they were unable to allow me into the park to pick the site of my choice. They advised that I could take the “5-minute” wal... more

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12 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 1

CZ would stay here again

“Ok park”

Reviewed May 01, 2018

Overall Rating

We had stayed in quite a few different CA state parks and this one was ok. The sites are a little bit tight and glasses are overgrown. They had us to be put on waiting list and check in again at 2pm to get out spot even though there are open spots already. Even you have reservation and you also have to wait to check in until 2pm . ... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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/LTE

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ourairstreamtrek
CO 27' Airstream 27FB International Serenity Ford F250
53 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/LTE

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Fables and Trails
Seattle, WA 2017 Airstream Int'l Signature 27FB 2017 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
40 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/LTE
2bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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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

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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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