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New Brighton State Beach

Contact Information

(831) 464-6330

Trailer Lengths

Max Trailer Length: 36 Feet
Max Camper Length: 36 Feet

Park Hours

8 AM to Sunset

Driving Directions to New Brighton SB

The beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. The beach can be reached by taking the New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Highway One.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


The beach features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine and coastal live oak. The camping area is on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay.

Location - Directions
The beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. The beach can be reached by taking the New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Highway One.

Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

The Pacific Migrations Visitor Center -- Open During Spring and Summer

The visitor center at New Brighton State Beach offers you a chance to see, explore and experience the stories of people, settlers and cultures that are a part of this region’s rich history. The Pacific Migrations Visitor Center explores the many Pacific Rim migrations, both by people and by creatures of the air and sea. The visitor center and park store are open during the spring and summer season. For more information, please call (831)464-5620.

Please click here for the monthly Interpretive Activities Schedule for parks in the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks. 

Summertime Activities--Programs through Labor Day

Visitor Center and Park Store Hours:
March 28 to Memorial Day-Thursday through Saturday (plus holidays) 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day- Wednesday through Sunday (plus holidays) 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Junior Rangers 
Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to attend Junior Ranger Programs at New Brighton State Beach Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11AM throughout the summer.  Youngsters will participate in a short walk or create a craft and have fun as they learn more about their natural environment and their State Park.  Meet at the Visitor Center for this one hour program.  Fee for parking.

Campfire Programs
Fridays, 7:30 PM - Families enjoy learning about the natural environment at New Brighton State Beach.  Meet at the Campfire Center. Programs through Labor Day. 
Saturdays, 7:30 PM - Families are entertained by special shows.  Meet at the Campfire Center. Programs through Labor Day



Sponsored by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Available Activities and Facilities at New Brighton State Beach

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible