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Sunset State Beach

Contact Information

(831) 763-7063

Park Hours

Call the beach

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet

Driving Directions to Sunset SB

The beach is 16 miles south of Santa Cruz. From Hwy 1 take the San Andreas Road exit. Proceed south to Sunset Beach Rd; go west to beach entrance.

Reservation Notice

Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, California State Parks is moving to a new reservation system to make it easier for you to reserve camping and lodging sites! For more information, such as FAQs, please visit ReserveCalifornia™

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.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Visiting Sunset State Beach

A peaceful campground under the pines, picnicking on the beach, and unmatched views of Monterey Bay make Sunset State Beach a favorite year-round destination.

Sunset State Beach and campground is located 16 miles south of Santa Cruz via Highway 1 and San Andreas Road.



Please Remember

- Dangerous rip currents, frigid water and deep offshore dropoffs make surfing and swimming hazardous for any but the most experienced surfers.

- Natural and cultural features are protected by law and may not be disturbed or removed.

- Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.

- Alcohol is NOT permitted on the beach or in the day-use areas.

- Dogs: Except for service animals, dogs are not permitted on Sunset Beach; leashed dogs are allowed at Manresa State Beach. Dogs are allowed in both campgrounds on a six-foot-maximum leash.

- Fires are allowed only in park fire rings.


Events and Activities

During the summer season, State Parks offers events and activities including Junior Rangers programs, nature hikes, and camppfire programs. Please contact the park for more information.




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Available Activities and Facilities at Sunset State Beach

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Beach Area
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible