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New Brighton State Beach

Contact Information

(831) 464-6329

Park Hours

8 AM to Sunset

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 36 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 36 Feet

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.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

new brighton beachThe 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.

Summertime Activities--Programs From Memorial Day - Labor Day

campgroundVisitor Center and Park Store Hours:

March 28 to Memorial Day -
Thursday through Saturday (plus holidays) 10 am to 4 pm

Memorial Day to Labor Day -
Wednesday through Sunday (plus holidays) 10 am to 4 pm


girls earn badge for completion of first Junior Ranger program
Junior Rangers

Programs offered Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day on
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11 am - 12 noon.
Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to attend Junior Ranger Programs at New Brighton State Beach to explore, practive outdoor skills, and play games. Sorry parents, this is a kids only program! Meet at the Visitor Center for this one hour program. Fee for parking. Junior Rangers is a statewide program offered at more than 70 California State Parks. Recieve your logbook and badge, and begin your journey.

Campfire Programs

Programs offered Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day on
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm

Join us in our Campfire Center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about the Park.


park employee and visitor having a conversation
Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


New Brighton SB campground Bike sites shall only accommodate en route bicyclists for a maximum of 1 night.

Available Activities and Facilities at New Brighton State Beach

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible