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Santa Cruz Beach Campgrounds and RV Parks

Campground and RV parks located near Santa Cruz beaches

Our Comprehensive Guide to Santa Cruz Beach Campgrounds and RV Parks   

If your dream campsite is near a Santa Cruz beach, you may want to look at Seacliff State Beach. It is located along a long stretch of beach backed by bluffs. It’s known for its fishing pier, swimming and concrete ship.  Another great spot is New Brighton State Beach.

Regardless of the beach campground that you select, you will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay and beaches, surrounding bluffs, and rugged rock formations jetting into the water. And, since you are in close proximity to the City of Santa Cruz, after enjoying a day of beach combing and waves crashing against the beach, you can enjoy great dining, unique shops and a very big nightlife.

Happy Camping!


Santa Cruz Beach Campgrounds


Big Basin / Rancho Del OsoBig Basin Redwoods State Park — campgrounds

The ocean end of Big Basin, Hwy 1   831-338-8860

Located 20 miles north of Santa Cruz on Hwy. 1, the park has miles of trails, which serves hikers and equestrians, links Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. Maps

Santa Cruz Rustic Resorts - CostanoaCostanoa Tents, Cabins and Lodge

2001 Rossi Road – Pescadero, CA

Located 30 minutes north of the City of Santa Cruz, Costanoa is connected to four State Parks – 30,000 acres of hiking trails with a vibrant wildlife reserve. Costanoa offers the unique opportunity to experience outdoor living in comfortable stylish surroundings.  Accommodations include canvas cabins – Douglas Fir Cabins – and a forty-room Lodge. Special features include on-site spa services – horseback riding – mountain bike rentals – children’s activities – and a general store and cafe.

Manresa State Beach – Family camp sites

205 Manresa Beach Rd.,  La Selva Beach, CA 95076 (831) 763-7063

The beach features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand, with surf fishing, and recreation.

New Brighton State BeachNew Brighton State Beach — Campgrounds

201 State Park Drive.,  Aptos, CA  (831) 464-6330

The park features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine. The camping area’s campsites are located on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay.

 Forest of Nisene MarksNisene Marks State Park— Remote Camps

Aptos Creek Rd. & Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA  (831) 763-7062

The park has 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet.

Portola Redwoods State ParkPortola Redwoods State Park


The park has a rugged, natural basin forested with coast redwoods, Douglas fir and live oak. Eighteen miles of trails crisscross the canyon and its two streams, Peters Creek and Pescadero Creek.

Pigeon Point Light StationPigeon Point Light Station — Hostel

210 Pigeon Point Rd. Hwy 1, Pescadero  (650) 879-0633

On California Highway 1, 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 27 miles north of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park (Upper Yacht Harbor)

135 5th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA (831) 475-3279
The R.V. park is located in the north harbor. Do not bring your rig to the harbor office. The Port District maintains a harbor patrol who are on duty 24 hrs/day.

Seacliff State BeachSeacliff State Beach

201 State Park Drive.,  Aptos, CA  (831) 429-2850

The park is known for its fishing pier and concrete freighter, the Palo Alto. The beach is also a popular swimming spot. There is a long stretch of sand backed by bluffs.

Sunset State BeachSunset State Beach — Campgrounds

201 Sunset Beach Rd., Watsonville, CA  (831) 763-7062

The park features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes, and Pacific Ocean side picnic spots. Bordered by large agricultural fields between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey, the beach is a year-round destination for thousands of visitors. 

Click here for more Campgrounds and RV parks located in the City of Santa CruzScotts Valley or Watsonville near Santa Cruz beaches or go back to the top of our list for the Santa Cruz Mountains.





What’s on Tap


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Open Studios Art Tour – Weekends during Oct. 2016

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 9, 2016  10am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 9, 2016

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2016

Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2016


For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.



Top Santa Cruz Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.