Sunset State Beach Campground

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Sunset State Beach Campground

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  • Sunset has beautiful trees.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • Some sites have a view of the agricultural fields nearby.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • The park road is wide and smooth.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • Sites have nice privacy and separation.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • Sunset campground is in a lovely setting.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • A nice place to relax and enjoy the view.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • Many large trees shade the campsites.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • The hike and bike camping area.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • Ceonothus in bloom in February.- Sunset State Beach Campground
  • Sunset is a large and quiet campground.- Sunset State Beach Campground
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Pros: 
Near to, but not on, the beach. Beautiful vegetation. Spacious sites.
Cons: 
Not on the beach. Few bathrooms.
Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$35.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
90
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
1
Group sites: 
1
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions

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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Sunset State Beach is one of a string of state park campgrounds within a short drive of the amenities of the Santa Cruz area. Sunset is a bit further from civilization than New Brighton, Seacliff or Manresa and is located among agricultural fields of strawberries and artichokes. The beach itself is long and wide with huge sand dunes at the rear. Popular in warm weather, the beach nevertheless has a lot of capacity, and a short walk from the main entrance trail can lead to relative solitude.

The campground is comprised of three main loops: Dunes Camp, Pine Hollow and South Camp. Each has a variety of sites, but Pine Hollow is more of a tenting area than the others. Facilities also include a group camp, a hike/bike camping area and pay showers. There are restrooms in each loop along with potable water and a small amphitheater. While none of the campsites have a view of the ocean due to the high dunes, many have views of the surrounding fields, which can be quite pretty in spring and summer.

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