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Sunset State Beach
Notice - Camping Closure:
Campgrounds at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Sunset and New Brighton State Beaches will remain closed through at least Tuesday, March 7 due to saturated soils and the potential for localized flooding and downed trees from winter storms. California State Parks now anticipates reopening on Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. weather permitting. Campers are advised to follow local weather. Impacted campers with reservations will be contacted regarding refunds.
Additionally, some of the backcountry areas of Santa Cruz District State Parks including Wilder Ranch State Park will be closed due to trail conditions. California State Parks appreciates the patience of the public as it works to ensure the safety of visitors and protection of cultural and natural resources during these weather events.
Visiting Sunset State Beach
The beach features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes, and ocean side picnic spots. Bordered by large agricultural fields west of the city of Watsonville, the beach is a year-round destination for thousands of visitors.
Location - Directions
The beach is 16 miles south of Santa Cruz via Highway One and San Andreas Road.
Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
Available Activities and Facilities at Sunset State Beach
Hike or Bike Campsites
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available