Seacliff State Beach Campground

Santa Cruz

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Seacliff State Beach Campground


  • Seacliff Beach from the end of the campground.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • The campsites back right up to the beach.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Walking path along Seacliff Beach and the campground.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Full restrooms are available at the beach.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Beach access is what this campground is all about.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Seacliff Beach.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Seacliff wharf (now closed) and the cement boat.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Overflow RV camping is a parking lot without hookups.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Seacliff Beach and wharf.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
  • Camping by the sea in Aptos.- Seacliff State Beach Campground
Overview + Weather
Beachfront campsites. Some full hookups. Dogs allowed on beach.
Subject to evacuation during winter storms. Tough to get reservations.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Managed by: 
California State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservation phone number: 
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Seacliff State Beach is another of the wonderful set of coastal state park campgrounds located close to the towns of northern Monterey Bay. Seacliff is solely an RV campground, however, so there are no tent camping facilities here (but check out the nearby Manresa Uplands Campground for tents-only camping).

The Seacliff Campground has two sections. The full hookup area at the northern end of the beach has 26 sites, and the "overflow" area consists of lots A, B and C with no hookups, picnic tables, or fire rings. The overflow sites are just lines painted on the pavement delineating the 60-foot-long by 24-foot-wide spaces. All of the sites in the campground are just across the walking path from the beach, and all have fantastic views of the Monterey Peninsula and the Santa Cruz Coast. There are restrooms at intervals along the main campground road.

Seacliff State Beach is a fairly narrow and rocky beach with plenty of driftwood that people use to make shelters and sculptures. It is popular with swimmers in nice weather, and the entire shore is extremely popular with walkers and dogs. The town of Aptos is nearby with all services, and there are many fine beaches up and down the coast in addition to inland parks with miles of hiking and biking trails. Seacliff is a great place to use as a base camp as you explore the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas.

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