More than a mile of glorious sand and surf, a fishing pier, a visitor center/store and the USS Palo Alto — an historic cement ship built in World War I— make Seacliff one of the most popular beaches on Monterey Bay. It connects with New Brighton State Beach to the northwest, and the 1.5 mile walk between the cement ship and the New Brighton entrance is a local fave.
Seacliff is also a mega-popular camping destination for RVers — choose among 25 sites with hookups and 21 without, all right on the beach. Reserve your spot way in advance at ReserveCalifornia (800) 444-7275, or online via the link below.
A small number of sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis via a lottery held daily at 12:30 pm. If you want to enter the lottery, be at the entrance station with your vehicle and camping equipment by noon. For regular car/bike/hike camping, reserve a site at New Brighton State Beach up the road.
Short on time? Pull off Highway 1 and perch on the bluffs above the beach to catch fantastic views, especially at sunset.
Amenities: restrooms, showers, picnic areas
Visitor Center/Park Store: open daily 10 to 4 in summer, Weds-Sun 10 to 4 rest of year. Call (831) 685-6444 to confirm hours.
Leashed dogs are allowed (6-foot leash or shorter).
Day use parking: arrive early to nab a primo spot in the lower-level parking lot on the beach. Otherwise park in bluff-top lot and hike down the stairs.
Entrance station phone: (831) 685-6500
Location: Exit Highway 1 at State Park Drive in Aptos