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Located near the city of Watsonville in California, Sunset State Beach is a stunning place to spend the day or night. Complete with a stunning stretch of sandy shoreline, picnic areas, and a rustic campground, it is the ideal spot to spend time with friends and loved ones. From the campgrounds, trails descend between the dunes to the sandy beach, with Monterey Bay stretching out in front of you.

Overall the park is around 1.5 miles long, surrounded by large agricultural fields, and other beaches. Search for an RV rental in Santa Cruz County to explore the coastline and neighboring towns with ease.

Getting Outdoors

Sunset State Beach is made up of glorious stretches of golden sands followed by rolling dunes. If you have a fishing license, one of the most popular activities is throwing out a line and trying to catch perch and sardines. In the dunes, there is a remote-control glider port where enthusiasts come and send their creations into the air. Even if you don't have one yourself, watching the model crafts flying above the beach can be great fun.

When camping at Sunset State Beach, beach bonfires are allowed, so many people enjoy sitting with a group of friends or family in the evening around a roaring fire. Alternatively, there are both covered and uncovered picnic facilities, some of which have BBQ areas. Walking south along the beach will bring you to a picturesque day-use area known as Palm Beach which is ideal for relaxing, sunbathing and paddling while heading north, the beach here is regularly used for beach combing.

When it comes to activities, the options are endless. Water sports are popular here such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and more. People also come the area for wildlife viewing, with the hope of spotting some whales or many different species of bird.

Camping at Sunset State Beach

In total Sunset State Beach offers over 70 RV sites to make use of, making it perfect for state park RV camping, all of which allow visitors to make use of the fire rings, picnic tables, grills, and food storage lockers. You can pick up some firewood sold by the camp host at the entrance. State park RV campgrounds allow the opportunity to enjoy sitting by the fire listening to the sounds of the waves. It can accommodate travel trailer rentals of up to 32 feet long but doesn't offer hookups; only a few have ocean views.

It is a popular place for motorhome camping, set in groves of Monterey Pines, with plenty of space left between RVs.

As a dog-friendly park, dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash, however; they are not allowed on the beach itself. It is one of the only palaces that you can go camping near Santa Cruz, and many people will combine their camping here with a day trip there.

Exploring the Area

As there is no camp store, you can stock up on necessities at the gas station which is about a 10-minute drive away. For other dining options, camp in an RV near Watsonville, which is just a short drive away. While there, why not head to Gizdich Ranch, with plenty of fruit picking options for the whole family, and many tasty treats to enjoy.

The biggest attraction nearby is the town of Santa Cruz itself. The boardwalk here is one of the nation's oldest seaside amusement parks, filled with retro rides and a vibrant atmosphere. Santa Cruz also has a bustling downtown, and you could spend hours walking down Pacific Avenue browsing the many shops and grabbing a bite to eat in one of the many eateries.

Heading down the coast, you'll reach Monterey, home to one of the most impressive aquariums in the state. The aquarium draws nearly two million visitors every year. It sits on the border of one of the largest underwater canyons on earth, therefore is surrounded by incredibly diverse marine life, home to around 550 different species. The highlight of this attraction has to be the three-story 335,000-gallon tank, offering visitors incredible views of sharks and other species.

RV Rentals in Sunset State Beach, CA

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

There are many popular rentals in Sunset State Beach. Outdoorsy's Sunset 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 Sunset State Beach, CA

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Manresa Beach Trail Watsonville, CA
Zmudowski State Beach Walk Moss Landing, CA
Rio Del Mar Trail Aptos, CA
Kirby Park Trail Watsonville, CA
Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, CA
Dune Trail Moss Landing, CA
Elkhorn Slough Exploration Moss Landing, CA
South Marsh Loop Trail Moss Landing, CA
Elkhorn Slough Trail Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, CA
Long Valley Loop Trail Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Santa Cruz County, CA
Moss Landing KOA Express Monterey County, CA
Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park Santa Cruz County, CA
Salinas / Monterey KOA Monterey County, CA
Belle Ridge Campground Putnam County, TN
Saddle Mountain RV Park & Campground Monterey County, CA
Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA San Mateo County, CA
Riverside Campground Monterey County, CA
Fernwood Resort Campground Monterey County, CA
Los Banos West / I-5 KOA Merced County, CA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for Sunset 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
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 Sunset 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


Nov 12, 2019
Port Watsonvile

Sunset State Beach — Camping close to worksite.

Budget Quiet Overnight Chill Scenic
Nov 11, 2019

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

Nov 4, 2019

We went to the Renaissance Fair and camped at the Casa de Fruita RV Park.

Nearest to Dropoff Local Fave Hookups Family Friendly Overnight
Oct 31, 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