New Brighton Campground

Santa Cruz

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New Brighton Campground

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  • Welcome to New Brighton State Beach.- New Brighton Campground
  • Bluff-side campsite.- New Brighton Campground
  • What a place to relax!- New Brighton Campground
  • Full restroom facilities including showers.- New Brighton Campground
  • Campground road.- New Brighton Campground
  • A great place for kids.- New Brighton Campground
  • Hiker-biker camping area.- New Brighton Campground
  • Day use area.- New Brighton Campground
  • View of Capitola from the campground edge.- New Brighton Campground
  • Campground amphitheater.- New Brighton Campground
  • Tent camping at New Brighton.- New Brighton Campground
  • A spacious and convenient place to stay.- New Brighton Campground
  • Tent camping.- New Brighton Campground
  • Premium sites have a view of the ocean.- New Brighton Campground
  • Scenic bluff view.- New Brighton Campground
  • Day use area.- New Brighton Campground
  • Sunset at New Brighton.- New Brighton Campground
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Large, spacious sites. Many ocean views. Convenient to much in the Santa Cruz area.
Cons: 
Difficult to get reservations. Fairly expensive.
Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$35.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
97
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
9
Group sites: 
3
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Campground Description

Campground Description

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One of the string of state park jewels that encircle Santa Cruz, New Brighton is an understandably-popular beach and campground. While the beach itself is narrow and somewhat rocky, it is set in an undeveloped stretch of shore with a beautiful backdrop. The day use parking area can get crowded on weekends and even on nice days in the winter. The campground fills up on weekends all year, and early reservations are a must nearly any time.

New Brighton Campground is the closest campground to the city of Santa Cruz, yet it has a very private and remote feel. Deer are sometimes seen in the campground. Many of the sites are huge, including all of the premium sites on the bluff's edge. There are a small number of sites with electric and water hookups, but the rest have no hookups. There are pay showers in some of the bathrooms. The sites are distributed on several one-way loops with wide spaces and vegetation that provides moderate privacy. There is a $15 added cost for the nine premium sites, which are perched on the edge of the bluff and have eye-popping views of the Pacific.

This is a very family-oriented campground, and beach activities are the main attraction.  There are also many nearby recreational opportunities for all ages, including great hiking at the very nearby Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.

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