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New Brighton State Beach

1500 Park Avenue, Capitola, CA
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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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6 reviews 6 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Tahoe City, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The location is amazing and proximity to the beach is great. However, the staff isn't very friendly and the camping feels urban and dirty. When we showed up our fire put was filled with trash. In the morning we awoke to sounds of chainsaws, cars and neighboring dogs parking. The campsites are too close. Choose your site wisely.

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194 reviews 194 reviews
35 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

very beautiful beach , nice for walking . not crowded since there is fee for parking because it is a State Park. We enjoyed watching the surfers and fishermen., gorgeous place

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a wonderful state park. Its just south of Santa Cruz and has a nice beach area. Its up on the bluff with nice scenic overviews. The camping area and picnic areas are nice. We have spent many days enjoying this delightful state park. Lots of trees in the park so you can get away from the ocean and... More

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