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this is my favorite beach

sunset is the best place for beach related activities. great views, ammenities, and lifeguards... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2016
Moyshe O

Beautiful long quiet beach. Great dunes. Many, many sand dollars. A little windy the day we were... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2016
Ken W
Dixon, 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 April 26, 2016

sunset is the best place for beach related activities. great views, ammenities, and lifeguards. this is the place to go! its close to our hotel and down the street from the nicest KOA ive ever seen. li love this beach and i will be back...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Moyshe O
Reviewed April 15, 2016

Beautiful long quiet beach. Great dunes. Many, many sand dollars. A little windy the day we were there but the host indicated this was not the norm. If we are fortunate to return we will bring chairs & books! A fantastic view of the Pacific....More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Ken W
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

Date of experience: August 2015
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.

Date of experience: September 2015
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.

Date of experience: February 2016
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

Date of experience: January 2016
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!

Date of experience: October 2015
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

Date of experience: November 2014
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!

Date of experience: September 2015
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

Date of experience: September 2015
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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