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New Brighton State Beach

Contact Information

(831) 464-6330

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 36 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 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.

August Activities Schedule

Please click here for a downloadable list of programmed events at in are California State Parks.

September Activities Schedule

Please click here  for a downloadable list of programmed events at in area California State Parks.

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.

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

Let us be your guide on an adventure like no other…

California State Parks Guided Backpacking Adventures

1 Night Trip: Saturday, August 1 to Sunday, August 2

            From Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell Beach

            Cost $80

(Mandatory Pre-Meeting: Monday, July 13 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm)

3 Night Trip: Friday, August 21 to Monday, August 24

            From Castle Rock State Park to Waddell Beach

(Mandatory Pre-Meeting: Wednesday, August 5 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm)

Cost $190

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of naturalists. Imagine if the Santa Cruz Mountains could speak, and the stories they could tell. Our guides will share the secrets of this precious wilderness and give you a window into the lives of the people who lived here for thousands of years. There is no limit to the personal growth and amazing natural beauty you will experience on your backcountry adventure. For both trips, space is extremely limited   Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by calling Cathryn Boult at Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (831) 429-1840 or emailing cathryn@thatsmypark.org. For more detailed information please call (831) 335-6391 or (831) 427-2288 or visit www.thatsmypark.org.

 

1 Night, 2 Day Trip from August 1 to August 2:

Route: You will begin at Jay Camp, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and travel along the Skyline to Sea Trail and arrive at Waddell Beach, 17 miles North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1. This trip is approximately 13 miles long, with a net elevation change of 1,000 feet. We will be hiking no more than 8 miles per day. Families are welcome, but please no children under the age of 13. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

 

Transportation: You will be required to organize your own transportation for both drop off and pick up.

Cost: $80

*You will be responsible for providing your own food and gear

 

3 Night, 4 Day Trip from August 21 to August 24

Route: You will begin at Castle Rock State Park and travel through the mountains, eventually arriving at Waddell Beach, 17 miles North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1. This adventure is approximately 30 miles long with a net elevation change of 3,000 feet. We will be hiking no more than 10 miles per day. Families are welcome, but please no children under the age of 13. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Transportation: You will be required to organize your own transportation for both drop off and pick up.

Cost: $190

*You will be responsible for providing your own food and gear

 


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