New Brighton State Beach, Capitola

3.7
#100 of 169 in Beaches in California
New Brighton State Beach is a 95 acre park consisting of a beach and camping grounds. 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.HistoryThis cove was originally called China Beach after the Chinese fishermen that settled the region in the 1850s. These residents were vital to the construction of the California railroad and provided labor and food to the Santa Cruz region. By the 1870s, fisherman of other ethnicities began to enter the region, forcing out many of the Chinese residents. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 contributed to the demise of the village and by 1900, the village no longer existed and few remnants of its existence remained. During the late 1870s, Thomas Fallon began development of a small resort east of China Beach. Fallon was an immigrant from Ireland and the ex-mayor of San Jose (1859-1863). He named his campground Camp San Jose in the hopes of attracting tourists from San Jose. However, the name did not do as he had hoped and in 1882 Fallon renamed the campground New Brighton. In 1933, the state of California purchased the land where China Beach had previously been with the intention of converting the land into a state park. After its purchase, the land remained unnamed for many years, but was eventually named New Brighton State Park by the Director of State Parks.
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  • July 21, 2017
    I have been camping here for thirty years and love this place, has everything you need. A short walk down to the beach is a plus. They added bear boxes to the sites so that comes in handy due to the r...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    This is a review of New Brighton Campground. As we went during the winter, we didn't go to the beach at all, so I won't comment on that. The campground is decent, nice grass to set our tent on which w...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    New Brighton State Beach has limited parking and stairs down to the roadway along the sand. The restroom is adequate, but that's all that is available. Families with small children are better off goin...  more »

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