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“Campsite a hidden jewel and beach is iconic CA Central Coast”

New Brighton State Beach
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Capitola
Certificate of Excellence
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Watsonville, California
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Campsite a hidden jewel and beach is iconic CA Central Coast”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Representative of the central coast of CA beach experience from the moment you arrive. Good surfing and typical beach goers' recreation and relaxation experience.

Visited December 2012
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Aptos, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Windy, Cold, small campsites...but almost like being in a real park...”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a park for people who can't bear to be very far from a Kmart or Home Depot....the freeway is always within earshot, so nature can't intrude too much.... You are only 10 minutes from McDonalds, how bad can it be?

Visited June 2012
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Foster City, California
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Love this beach”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Wonderful long sandy beach. Walk from here to Aptos, the concrete boat and "museum" interpretive center.
We've seen sea lions, dolphins and large numbers of pelicans several times. bathrooms have been removed this year so portaloos not so good but told new restrooms being built for next season 2013.

Visited October 2012
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aptos
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Walk a mile in my shoes "oops" SANDALS!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

So many locals & visitors know of this beach!! Start at the river- end with free parking and you can walk past the pier with the Cement Ship and down the sidewalk to the best beach to find colored beach glass. Round trip stroll will get you 2 miles of exercise. You'll find seniors strolling hand n hand, families at the picnic sites celebrating toddler birthdays, local schools have trips here, a museum which has souvenirs and a video on the history of the cement ship. You'll enjoy the pier and chatting with the fishermen. Bring your binoculars as whales, otters, seals, pelicans and many dolphins have been spotted here. Overnite camping w/reservations. A snack shop open weekends and during the summer. TIP-bring a little container of baby powder and it will remove the sand from your feet before replacing your sandals/shoes for your ride home. They also have the best fireworks display in October. It's GREAT.

Visited November 2012
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San Ramon, California
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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“beach side camping at NB state park”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Ok, so it's not on the beach camping, but close enough.

The camp ground is on the bluffs along the beach. Steps down the bluff take you to the beach. The beach itself is a typical norcal beach - somewhat rocky, freezing cold water, cool nights. But it's a wide enough beach, reasonably sheltered, and mostly quiet. Not rough, so safe enough to wade in and even go for short swims (unless it's stormy weather). A short walk along the beach takes you to Seacliff beach where you can explore the ruins of an old ship. One time, we had this amazing sight of a large group of pelicans circling and diving in to grab fish.

The camp ground and sites are excellent. Decently spaced sites, bbq pits, clean toilets, warm water showers. And close enough to town so you can have dinner in a restaurant if you wish! We've camped there a few times and haven't had any problems with crowds or noise. Usually spend one or two nights, and on the way back home, stop over at the Santa cruz boardwalk for some fun.

Best time to visit is late summer and early fall, when the nights are less chilly and less windy. This is also peak time, so you'll have to make reservations way ahead. The best sites are along the bluff, but avoid those that are close to the beach trail. And as always, carry warm clothes.

All in all, one of the best beach side camping spots in the bay area.

Visited August 2012
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