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New Brighton State Beach, Capitola

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New Brighton State Beach is a 95 acres (38 ha) beach park on Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz County, California, consisting of a beach and campgrounds. The park is located east of Santa Cruz in Capitola, on Park Avenue off of Highway 1. The park is adjacent to Seacliff State Beach, which is known for its fishing pier and sunk concrete freighter, The Palo Alto. The beach overlooks Soquel Cove and Monterey Bay.
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  • I stayed at the bike-in campsite. Unlike many state parks which have hike & bike sites, this is a bike only site. There are 3 to 5 individually marked bike sites in one area of the campground... 
    I stayed at the bike-in campsite. Unlike many state parks which have hike & bike sites, this is a bike only site. There are 3 to 5 individually marked bike sites in one area of the campground...  more »
  • New Brighton State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA, a sandy beach, home for birds and human to co-exist. People use this active beach for recreational use – surfing, walking, etc. while birds tend to their own....  more
    New Brighton State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA, a sandy beach, home for birds and human to co-exist. People use this active beach for recreational use – surfing, walking, etc. while birds tend to their own....  more »
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  • I have wonderful memories of going to this beach as a child, and am lucky enough to live near it as an adult. There is a beautiful view of the ocean from the parking lot, and bathrooms are close by once you walk down the stairs or ramp. It’s a perfect place for beach walks; I believe it is just over 3 miles if you walk to the pier and back. If you’re lucky you may see seals or dolphins. I typically like to bring my dog on a leash, but recently there have been more and more dogs off leash. My dog gets a little too hyper when other dogs come up to him so unfortunately I have been needing to leave him home.
  • Really nice beach, dogs allowed on leash. If you walk down a little bit there are plenty of places to set up on the sand. Last time I was there, there was a large flock of pelicans diving for fish. Fun beach to visit specially when camping at the state park. There is a trail to walk to the beach from the campsites

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