New Brighton SB

State Beach

The beach features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine and coastal live oak. The camping area is on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay.

Location - Directions
The beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. The beach can be reached by taking the New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Highway One.

Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

The Pacific Migrations Visitor Center -- Open During Spring and Summer

The visitor center at New Brighton State Beach offers you a chance to see, explore and experience the stories of people, settlers and cultures that are a part of this region’s rich history. The Pacific Migrations Visitor Center explores the many Pacific Rim migrations, both by people and by creatures of the air and sea. The visitor center and park store are open during the spring and summer season. For more information, please call (831)464-5620.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    8 AM to Sunset

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (831) 464-6330

  • Region

    San Francisco Bay Area


    Santa Cruz

  • Max Camper Length:

    36 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    36 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes