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New Brighton State Beach

Address: 1500 Park Avenue, Capitola, CA
Phone Number: 831-464-6330
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Capitola
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors

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Soquel, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

New Brighton State Beach is a year round wonder for getting away and still enjoying Mother Nature year round. Short walk to the beach. And a short drive to Capitola Village, Santa Cruz and plenty of places to get supplies.

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Los Altos, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Our weekend hit almost all weather conditions: breezy on arriving, stormy in the early evening, rained all night long and until noon, clearing to blue sky without a single cloud, starry night, and quite cold with heavy dew the second morning. As always, we love this campground, the only downside was the very muddy path down to the beach! Bathrooms... More 

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Felton, California
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463 reviews 463 reviews
228 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This state park beach is great for walking and people watching. A visit to the cement ship is interesting. You can walk on the beach or the walkway just above. One our very favorite walks. You can park on the Rio del Mar side and walk in either direction.

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Irvine, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It was the first time staying at a campsite on/near the beach. Good thing it was just for an overnight stay. The restrooms are what you would expect at a campground. One puts in a quarter for the shower for every 2minutes needed. Not clean but not disgustingly filthy. The site, 67 was near trees with shade and privacy. Certain... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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145 reviews 145 reviews
51 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Disclaimer: I was only here for about 25 minutes When driving up the coast of California, one of our stops was here, at New Brighton State Beach. We drove straight to the parking lot near the water and went down the stairs to the beach. We didn't plan on staying long. We just wanted to check out what the beaches... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We loved this place. The bathrooms were clean and plenty of showers for all. Wonderful views of the sunset from the bluffs right from the campsite. The best part is the easy access to the beach from the campground.

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Madera, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Was able to get a campsite at the last min. We are spontaneous vacationers! We could walk for miles on the beach, & people watch. Even was able to order pizza from Pizza my heart <3 They delivered it to us on the beach! Cant say enough...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We love this place! We have been coming here to camp for several years. We have always enjoyed the laid back atmosphere despite the fact that it is really difficult to get reservations. This year, the camp host from hell put a damper on our trip. I'm not sure what his problem is or why he is on such a... More 

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san jose, CA
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Seems like a lot of locals to the Bay Area are not aware of this great State Beach., located just 1/2 hour from San Jose. Right off Hwy 1 just South of Capitola is a great beach to take a stroll or run or even camp ( at adjoining camp sites, but need Reserve America 6 months in advance.) You... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The beach itself is actually pretty nice, every time we went down there it was almost never crowded. Sometimes on very hot days in the afternoon they'll be a lot of people, but not as much as other beaches. Normally most of the people there where fishermen, good for conversation if you don't mind communicating with locals. My only concern... More 

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