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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.

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.

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.

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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