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Best Beach!

I love this beach! If you go at the right time of year, there are sand dollars littered all over... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2016
Farmington, Utah
Miles of Sand awaits!

If you like expansive beaches you cannot go wrong with Sunset State Beach! Use extreme caution if... read more

Reviewed February 29, 2016
Watsonville, California
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201 Sunset Beach Rd, 16mi South of Santa Cruz Via Highway 1 and San Andreas Road, Watsonville, CA 95076-8597
(831) 763-7063
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Reviewed March 24, 2016

I love this beach! If you go at the right time of year, there are sand dollars littered all over the beach. There is a restroom/shower area and several slat covered barbecue areas. Those areas are before the sand hill to the beach. If you...More

2  Thank cecilyJ
Reviewed February 29, 2016

If you like expansive beaches you cannot go wrong with Sunset State Beach! Use extreme caution if you enter the waters along here, always beware of the conditions and watch for riptides. There is a nice campground at Sunset beach too.

Thank Kimo1960
Reviewed February 6, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful beach, we only found 2 small broken sand dollars but the beach was breathtaking! There were very few people out even though it was s gorgeous day.

Thank Hope_Gunter
Reviewed January 13, 2016

Notably, we stayed there after a huge rainstorm so it was very quiet. I think the premium circle is the south loop which is the easiest route to the ocean. Spots in the loop were very spacious and good distances between camping sites so you...More

1  Thank huey21
Reviewed October 21, 2015

I can't rate the campground but this is a big quiet beach with nice waves. Get away from the Santa Cruz crowds and take a drive to Sunset!

Thank njaneardude
Reviewed October 5, 2015

We kind of just picked this spot randomly because we wanted to stay on the beach in California without paying a fortune. This park is well equipped and the bathrooms are nice and clean. Short walk to the beach the surf can be pretty rough...More

1  Thank Rodney L
Reviewed September 29, 2015

What a wonderful beach! Even on Labor Day weekend it was not too crowded. Nice huge beach area - long walks!

Thank slammersmom
Reviewed September 28, 2015

I loved this beach, because it is a bit off the highway so is not as crowded as some other beaches in the are. And the campground was not half bad either. Let me break it down for you. Beach access: There are 4 paths...More

3  Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed September 28, 2015

Grew up 5 miles down Beach Rd from Sunset Beach. Walked to and from Sunset with my siblings. Visited again this summer and it's better than ever. View of the ocean made me forget CA is in a drought. It was to overcast but on...More

1  Thank Mary Ann S
Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

We headed down the coast to try a new beach. We got here about 5 so it wasn't too crowded. After walking a few miles we he the beach to ourselves and it was a beautiful view, no people and perfect weather. We watched MANY...More

Thank Kathie K
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Response from Emma F | Reviewed this property |
There's a ramp.
July 3, 2017|
Response from sstlouis | Reviewed this property |
They do not sell ice. They only sell firewood. There is not a general store here. The fire pit in the campsite was great. It had pretty tall sides so was safe for the kids. It had an attached grill that was nice and we ended... More