New Brighton Beach Camping

Santa Cruz County

New Brighton
State Beach


  • 109 family campsites total
    • 88 standard family campsites
    • 9 premium sites overlooking ocean
    • 10 sites with RV hook-ups (#47 - 56)
    • 1 bike/hike campsite
    • 9 tent-only campsites
    • 3 group, tent-only sites
    • 5 accessible sites (#27, 55, 77, 80, 95, 107)
  • Picnic tables, fire grills, food storage lockers
  • Water and sanitation stations nearby
  • Campsites are for a maximum of 8 people and 1 vehicle + 1 towed trailer/vehicle
  • Check-in time: 2:00 PM, Check-out time 12:00 PM


  • $35 for standard sites
  • $50 for premium sites
  • $50 for hook-up sites
  • $185 for group sites


Campground Facilities

  • Restrooms and pay showers (25 cents for 2 minutes)
  • Visitors center
  • Campground host (also sells firewood)
  • Campfire circle
  • Overflow parking ($10 per night for extra vehicle)
  • RV sanitation station
  • RV potable water refill station

Campground Regulations

  • Pets must be on leash and attended, in vehicle at night
  • 7 days maximum camping
  • Quiet hours 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Generators 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Alcohol only allowed in campsite
  • Vehicles must be parked on pavement

New Brighton State Beach Camping

New Brighton camping is on the wooded bluff overlooking the beach. Trails connect the campground to the beach. Campsites vary in the amount of space and privacy they offer. Most visitors conclude that the premium sites along the edge of the bluff are worth the extra price.


Spaces at New Brighton fill up quickly as soon as each month's reservations become available 7 months in advance. Each new month's reservations are offered as a block on the first day of the month. Group sites are only available for use between March 1 and November 30.

New Brighton Beach campground, Santa Cruz County, CA
picnic area at New Brighton Beach, Santa Cruz County, CA

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Advice from Previous Campers

  1. Raccoons may visit your campsite at night looking for food. Be sure food is secure in the locker or in your vehicle.
  2. Best campsites (other than premium): Numbers 1-3, 7, 14, 31, 35, 57, 59, 69, 70 (tent), 91, 92, 96. Sites 67 and 68 make a good 2 family combination.
  3. Limited shade sites: 16-19, 23-26, 28, 29, 32, 33, 67, 68. They suggest you bring a shade tent.
  4. Quiet Hours: Follow the rules regarding quiet hours.
  5. Accessible sites: Don't accidentally reserve an accessible site if you don't have a handicapped placard in your vehicle.
  6. Showers: Bring quarters for showers.

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