Sunset State Beach
Sunset State Beach
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SantaCruzPaul
Felton, CA53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
While most of the state park campgrounds are tired and in need of repairs due to poor budgeting, Sunset is a nearby gem that we have enjoyed many times over the years. Yes, there is no dump station, electricity or water hookups at the sites but the KOA is just up the road if you want that. Despite being called dry camping, there are water spigots throughout the camp and threaded faucets at the restrooms/showers. Also, seasoned campers can tote gray water to the facilities, fill a potable water tote, use the restrooms and get a hot shower for 50 cents per two minutes. Sunshine is abundant after the morning fog for solar panels but sites are well distributed for generator use from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Above all, the volunteer camp hosts have been above and beyond helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming.
Written 27 September 2023
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Milocat007
Santa Cruz, CA304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Beaches are hard to assign a "star" to. So here's the description ... big, wide beach with lots of room to spread out. Bathroom, and shaded picnic tables. Caution, after the 2023 storm, a LOT of the beach sand was washed away. I assume it'll come back but if you have alternatives in early 2023, I'd skip Sunset. But in normal times, highly recommended.
Written 25 February 2023
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Rachel C
Columbus, IN261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Nice visit after a long day of driving. Small fee to enter. Nice parking area at the access to the beach. Only one other couple on the beach while we were there. We are able to see dolphins swimming and riding the waves. Didn’t stay too late but the view was beautiful.
Written 22 November 2022
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Happiness777308
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This is a beautiful campground with great access to a gorgeous beach BUT the adjoining strawberry fields sell access to all-night ravers who pumped up the music and base from midnight to 7am over the Labor Day weekend in a site about 200 ft from the campground edge. The State Parks host, who went around reminding everyone in the campground about quiet hours at 10pm, unhelpfully shrugged and said to call 911. So we did apologetically. The 911 operator for the County (Santa Cruz) said this happens every month but amazingly "the police can't find the site". LOL - you can see it and walk there from any campground site but closest is those in the 50's. We walked over and asked them to keep it down, but they said they'd paid good money for the site, and charged admission. So, COVID superspreader and unpermitted nightclub. They did turn it down a bit for us, but be warned.
Written 9 September 2021
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Wayne and Debbie
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
We visit Sunset State Beach nearly every year. If walking on a coastal beach looking for shells and small rocks is of interest, this is one of the best. It's long, wide, and flat. It's also good for watching for whales.
Written 16 May 2021
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kingaroo2
Davis, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Lovely sites, well spaced, some secluded some near open space. Great place for kids to explore short trails and establish hideaways under tent-like trees. Short hikes to the beach. In March you’ll delight in the purple blooming ceonothus trees all over. No elec or water hookups but you can go to the nearby KOA for a fee. Weak ATT cell service.
Written 26 March 2021
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Kayla P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I'm from the East coast but lived out west (Nevada) for 4 years. Sunset state beach is where I first touched the pacific ocean. I've been back several times because it holds such a special place in my heart. Early mornings you can walk the beach and find endless fully intact sand dollars. One time when I was there we had to stand on our picnic table with a skunk circling around us for 30 minutes. Also, I had my jeep top down and raccoons got in it over night ( our fault). Sounds like a con but honestly that's one of the funniest things that has ever happened to me. Just use you bear boxes! 😊
Written 27 February 2021
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sonofdragon
San Jose, CA320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The pride of Watsonville, Sunset State Beach boasts one of the best spots to spend the golden hour overlooking the Monterey Bay. As harsh sunlight becomes more flattering overtime, its soft golden hues start to dominate the entire area, and everything suddenly turns magical. At this special moment, the walk along this expansive coastline becomes more enjoyable and relaxing. The water glisten like dancing stars as if someone just sprinkle dust of crystals. Shorebirds, largely the seagulls, snowy plovers, and long-billed, further amplified the magical effect when they play catch and feed along the shore as water ebb and flow. Perhaps, it’s adorable to watch playful dogs chase after the birds, but please take heed not to further disrupt their habitat esp. their nesting areas. Definitely, a great photo-op for Instagram, facebook, or wallpaper. Quiet. Permitting. Relaxing. Scenic. Healing. Inspiring. Worthy of a 5-star rating from all of us.
Written 20 January 2021
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Peter D
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We camped at the Pine Hollow campground for 3 days / 2 nights. It was our first time here and we didn’t think much of our site when we pulled in, but after seeing all of the other sites in our loop, many were on a slope or somewhat close to others, I think we got one of the best ones, site 74. Sure it’s towards the back and there’s a fence with visible green houses not too far from you, but it has flat ground for tent camping, and you don’t have any close neighbors to the right or left, just the ones across from you, and the bathroom with warm quarter-powered showers is just a little walk away. The walk to the beach was about 12 minutes from our site, but if you’re out of shape, you may want to strongly consider driving down (2 minutes, plenty of parking) to the beach instead, because the walk back up the long steep hill is harsh. The beach itself was nice, sand was soft and it wasn’t too cold.

There’s also supermarkets within a 15 minute drive in case you need to go out for supplies.

All in all, it’s a good 2-3 day getaway spot.
Written 14 August 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA1,85,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We were in the Watsonville area and drove out to Sunset State Beach. This is a very nice park with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed a walk. Many others were there too.
Written 13 July 2020
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