8 AM to Sunset
New Brighton State Beach
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 36 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 36 Feet
Driving Directions to New Brighton SB
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.
Seacliff State Beach Campground closed until 2/5- weather dependent
Seacliff State Beach pier closed indefinitely- storm related damage
New Brighton State Beach Day use area closed indefinitely- storm related damage
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.
Summertime Activities--Programs From Memorial Day 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.
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.
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
Seeking Seasonal Summer Staff
State Parks is currently hiring seasonal staff for Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Butano State Park, New Brighton State Beach, and Portola Redwoods State Park.
Interviews will be held on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
Please click here for more information.
Please click here for an application, Standard State Application Form 678.
Available Activities and Facilities at New Brighton State Beach
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available