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New Brighton State Beach

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Address: 1500 Park Avenue, Capitola, CA
Phone Number: 831-464-6330
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best campsite in the county for both beauty and beach

well kept, very clean, nice folks. distant wave sounds, large sites and easy in / out. better than Seacliff beach parking lot style sites

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Fe, NM
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great long beach for a good walk with dogs on leash. Gentle surf and good beach combing possibilities. Parking is $10 per car, but you can easily park nearby and walk and not pay the fee. If you have a lot of beach stuff, it's probably worth it to pay to be close.

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66 reviews 66 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This beach is simply breathtaking not only because of the actual beach and sea animals but the friendly locals and visitors. It is a wonderful place to go for a run or just meander, or to head towards the Visitor Center and Park Shop - they have a cool looking pink sea anemone in a tank and some awesome looking... More 

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Soquel
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This beach is really beautiful. It has mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. One can walk from here to Seacliff (Cement Ship) beach easily. The surf is a little challenging here so watch your children. There are rangers who patrol so it is safe. The parking is great and very close to the beach. There are... More 

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Central Pennsylvania
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202 reviews 202 reviews
84 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Very clean sites and beach. You are very close to town for supplies yet can experience a very nice camping and beach setting. The weekdays seemed very uncrowded. Nice for small children. Dogs are allowed on the beach but there is a very nice long sliver of beach as you walk away from the park and walk towards Capitola. As... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

well kept, very clean, nice folks. distant wave sounds, large sites and easy in / out. better than Seacliff beach parking lot style sites

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Tulsa, OK
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

New Brighton State Beach joins up with the main beach in Capitola and is in between it and Seacliff Beach. The cliff behind the beach is very impressive and keeps the beach from being developed and packed with beach rentals. The day we were there it was not crowded, a few people here and there with their dogs. A sea... More 

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Capitola, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is one of the best state beaches on the Monterey Bay with easy access to a lot of other close by attractions. This end of the bay is protected from rough seas and not much wind. Although it can get a bit foggy in the summer months it usually clears by mid-day.

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Aalborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Beautiful beach with local life. Nothing like Santa Cruz beach. In Capitola you see families and children. It's not overcrowded with homeless people like in Santa Cruz. If you happen to be there during low tide, be sure to take a closer look at the exposed see bottom with sea anemones, star fish, crabs, etc.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We really like this beach. Great place for a bon fire too I don't think dogs are allowed but the beach right next to it (forget the name) but it has a cement boat allows dogs which we love

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Soquel, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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