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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Camping at New Brighton State Beach

This week Jason and I went down to New Brighton State Beach campground, this time for a two night stay. We were there for one night back at the end of May.  Even though it is only 10 minutes from our house, it is an awesome place to camp.  We don't have to tow the trailer very far, and if we forget anything we can just run back to the house!  But it is still a vacation away from home and therefore a break from routine and daily expectations.


This time we got reservations on short notice (just 2 weeks ago) so I had to take the only site available in the park, space 56, which is a trailer only site.  We used to have an old Coleman Redwood popup, but we traded up last year for a 2003 Coleman Yuma, which is larger and in much better shape.  This space has an electrical and water hookup for trailers and RV's, and we did use the electrical but not the water.   There is a bathroom with coin showers right across from the site.

The fire pit and bench are not very private but there is ample space between the seating and fire areas and we had decent neighbors.  As you can see from the photos, the site goes straight back from the parking pad, and if you look left or right you can see the neighboring campsites.  There is minimal shade in the middle of the day, but in the morning the parking pas was shady and by late afternoon the fire pit area is shaded.  Our trailer has an awning and we used that as well.

The good thing about this spot is that it is relatively close to the back access, which is a long downhill trail with stairs.  The descent allows for some great views of the coast, from Seacliff to Pleasure Point.  It was hot  (by Santa Cruz standards, anyway) so we swam in the ocean both days.  

We won't be back to New Brighton probably this summer, but have three nights at the end of July booked at Sunset State Beach, about 20 minutes south.  Another one of our favorite sites that is conveniently close to home!

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