Sunset Beach Camping

Santa Cruz County

Sunset State Beach


  • 90 Campsites total
  • 65 sites for Tents or RVs or trailers up to 31 feet
  • 9 sites for RVs or trailers only
  • 11 tent only sites
  • Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Food Storage Lockers
  • Campsites are for a maximum of 8 people and one licensed vehicle
  • Check-out time: 12:00 Noon Check-in time: 2:00 PM


  • $35 per night for family site
  • $335 for group site


Campground Facilities

  • Restrooms, pay showers (25 cents for 2 minutes)
  • Amphitheater
  • Overflow parking areas
  • Campground host
  • Firewood sold by camp host or at entrance station
  • Group Campground
  • Bike or Hike Campground

Campground Regulations

  • Pets must be on leash and may not be left unattended in camp.
  • Vehicles must be parked on the pavement.
  • Quiet hours 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
  • Fires only in provided stove or fire rings.

Sunset State Beach Camping

At one time camping was allowed along the lower sand dunes next to the beach where picnic tables are found today. The campgrounds were moved up onto the bluff to protect the fragile beach environment and to provide many more sites for the public.

Campground at Sunset State Beach, Santa Cruz County, CA

Sunset Beach South Camp Campground (sites 36 and 37 in foreground)

Advice from Previous Campers

  1. Overnight Dew: Overnight condensations settles on everything in your camp. Bring rags to wipe down chairs and table or cover at night.
  2. Bring a kite.
  3. Favorite Campsites: 25 - 37, 73 and 75
  4. Showers: Bring quarters for showers.

Sunset Beach campgrounds, Santa Cruz County, CA

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