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New Brighton State Beach

1500 Park Avenue, Capitola, CA
831-464-6330
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Capitola
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: New Brighton State Beach is a perfect spot for a relaxing place to walk and smell clean salt air.  There is a campground above the beach, so the... more »
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Felton, California
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359 reviews 359 reviews
175 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
44 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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3 reviews 3 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

If you are looking for less crowd of people this is the beach! there is beautiful rocks to the right and no stairs to climb down or back up from, with also easy access to Freeway

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saratoga, california
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

easy to get to, paid parking. beach is kept up, and has easy access from the parking lot, been here several times

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