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Set on the northern tip Monterey Bay and hemmed in by soaring sandstone cliffs, New Brighton State Beach showcases the natural beauty of the Golden State. While it was once anchored by a 19th-century Chinese fishing village, today, the enclave has been reimagined as a 93-acre state beach for everyone to enjoy. Spend the day basking on the sand or enjoy a scenic picnic lunch on the wooded bluffs.

At just four miles from Santa Cruz, New Brighton State Beach offers a winning combination of natural beauty and urban allure. New Brighton is also an hour and a half from the Golden Gate City, which makes it a great place to camp in an RV near San Francisco. Planning a getaway to the California Coast? Browse a huge selection of RV rentals in Santa Cruz County.

Getting Outdoors

The beach is the main draw at New Brighton, with sunseekers flocking to bask on the sand and cool off in the Pacific Ocean. Local operators in the nearby town of Capitola will hook you up with kayaks, paddleboards, and other watersports equipment. You can also sign up for stand-up paddleboarding and surfing lessons. After dark, head down to the beach and claim a bonfire ring – don't forget the s'mores ingredients.

Stop by the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center for an introduction to the unique history and ecology of the park. Displays on the sooty shearwater migration, which sees thousands of the seabirds migrate to the Pacific Rim in search of anchovies, are especially interesting.

From December to April, Monterey Bay is one of the best places to see gray whales migrating along the Pacific Coast. Brings your binoculars or join a whale watching trip. You should also watch for marine mammals like dolphins, otters, and sea lions splashing offshore. When you've had your fill of sun and sand, stretch your legs on one of the shaded hiking trails that wind through lush coastal live oak and Monterey pine forests.

Camping at New Brighton State Beach

Set atop sandstone bluffs and shaded by towering pines, oaks, and Monterey cypress, the campground at New Brighton State Beach offers a unique chance to sleep under the stars in Santa Cruz County. Choose from more than 100 tent and RV sites, all featuring picnic tables and fire rings. The best sites are perched on the edge of the bluff and treat campers to space, privacy, and stunning views.

Like most state park RV campgrounds in California, New Brighton offers modern bathroom blocks with flush toilets and hot showers. A handful of full-hookup sites are available, though they fill up fast. Other sites offer water and electricity, as well as access to a dump station for serviced RV rentals. The largest sites at New Brighton State Beach can accommodate trailers up to 36 feet long.

The family-oriented campground is open year-round, with visitors spiking during the summer. It's best to make a reservation if you're visiting from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the summer, the Campfire Center hosts storytelling sessions, singalongs, and star-gazing workshops. Kids will love exploring the park, earning badges and getting their hands dirty in the Junior Rangers program. Dogs are welcome when motorhome camping at New Brighton; just be sure to keep your pet leashed and bring them into your trailer at night. You'll also be sharing your site with resident raccoons, so be sure to store food in your designated locker or car.

Exploring the Area

A 15-minute drive up the coast, Santa Cruz will win you over with its gorgeous beach, oceanfront cafes, and liberal-minded locals. Ride stomach-churning roller coasters at the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, challenge your crew to a game of beach volleyball, or dig into a feast of tacos and craft beer. The colorful Santa Cruz Farmers' Market is a fantastic place to stock up on fresh produce for your camp kitchen.

Stroll 30 minutes up the coast and you'll find yourself at Seacliff State Beach, another beautiful stretch of sand. Divers will jump at the chance to explore SS Palo Alto, a concrete freighter wreck that's now home to sea stars, anemones, and colorful marine life. Cast a line from the fishing pier and you could reel in flounder, sole, salmon, halibut, steelhead, and mackerel – perfect for a fish fry back at your RV rental. You don't need a license, but you will need to comply with Department of Fish and Wildlife limits.

Capitola, a five-minute drive or 30-minute walk away is the closest place to stock up on gas, groceries, and other basic supplies. Today, many of the characterful beach shacks have been reimagined as cozy cafes, seafood restaurants, and souvenir shops. San Jose, a 50-minute drive north, is also a great place to stock up on supplies or rent a camper near New Brighton State Beach.

RV Rentals in New Brighton State Beach, CA

New Brighton State Beach, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in New Brighton State Beach. Outdoorsy's New Brighton State Beach RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around New Brighton State Beach, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Sunset Trail New Brighton State Beach, CA
New Brighton Beach Trail New Brighton State Beach, CA
Oak Trail New Brighton State Beach, CA
Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach Ride Santa Cruz, CA
Perimeter Road Trail New Brighton State Beach, CA
Vienna Woods Trail The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, CA
Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail Loop to Sand Point Overlook The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, CA
Buggy Trail The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, CA
Terrace Trail The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, CA
Porter Trail The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Santa Cruz County, CA
Moss Landing KOA Express Monterey County, CA
Salinas / Monterey KOA Monterey County, CA
Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA San Mateo County, CA
Belle Ridge Campground Putnam County, TN
Saddle Mountain RV Park & Campground Monterey County, CA
Pelican Point RV Park San Mateo County, CA
Del Valle Family Campground Alameda County, CA
Riverside Campground Monterey County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for New Brighton State Beach, CA from Outdoorsy Owners


Rio del Mar

Its a nice beach with free parking. I took my kids there for years always a fun time. Great deli near by

May 25, 2018
Aptos St. BBQ

Smoked meats, great beers, and often live music. Can get crowded

Feb 5, 2018
Seacliff State Beach

Beach front camping. Famous cement boat. Difficult to reserve, so plan ahead

Feb 5, 2018
New Brighton State Beach

The Campground is nice, the beach is beautiful, the weather is always amazing and it's just a couple miles away from Capitola and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Dog-friendly Glamping Elbow Room Social Scene Ocean View Quiet Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Aug 3, 2017
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Local to bay area. A great family campground with all the KOA amenities. 1 mile to beach access.

Mar 21, 2017
Family RV

A perfect place for dumping tanks on the way back into the bay area. Also has propane fill.

24-7
Mar 21, 2017
Sunset Campground

This state park is ON THE BEACH (the bluffs above the beach) in between Monterey and Santa Cruz. Ocean view and a stroll from the sand. Can be windy and is busy during the summer.

Ocean View Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Mar 19, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to New Brighton State Beach, CA


Santa Cruz

Coastal trip

Dec 29, 2019
Santa Cruz

Sight seeing at surrounding areas.

Good weather Scenic
Nov 29, 2019
Santa Cruz

Camp

Nov 12, 2019
Port Watsonvile

Sunset State Beach — Camping close to worksite.

Budget Quiet Overnight Chill Scenic
Nov 11, 2019
Felton

Stayed at the Santa Cruz RV Campground. Walked around the area, read a book, rode our bikes and generally relaxed.

Nov 4, 2019
Santa Cruz

We went camping in Henry Cowell State Park near Santa Cruz and later explored San Francisco!

Has Coffee Dog-friendly Quiet Sleep Under The Stars Most Beautiful Dog-friendly Scenic
Oct 23, 2019