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Location and Access

Seacliff State Beach is a state park located in Aptos, California, within Santa Cruz County. It is known for its fishing pier, the wreck of the concrete ship SS Palo Alto, and its campgrounds that cater to RVs and trailers.

Camping Facilities

Seacliff State Beach provides the following camping amenities:

  • RV Camping: The park offers a campground specifically for RVs, with a paved parking strip, a picnic table, and a camp stove. There are hook-ups as well.

  • Overnight Camping: While traditional tent camping is not available, Seacliff's camping is geared toward self-contained RVs and trailers.

  • Group Camping: Group camping is not typically available at Seacliff State Beach.

Campsite Reservations

  • Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak season, and can be made through the California State Parks reservation system online or by phone.


Seacliff State Beach offers a variety of activities:

  • Fishing: The park's pier is a popular spot for fishing.

  • Swimming: Swimming is allowed, but there are no lifeguard services provided.

  • Picnicking: Picnic areas are available for day use.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a rich array of marine and bird life, and occasionally marine mammals such as sea lions and dolphins can be spotted.


  • Restrooms: Facilities with restrooms and showers are available.

  • Visitor Center: There's an interpretive center offering educational exhibits on the local marine life and the history of the SS Palo Alto.

Historical Features

  • SS Palo Alto: The famous concrete ship, the SS Palo Alto, rests at the end of the pier and is a defining feature of the state beach.


  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed in the park but must be on a leash no longer than six feet and are only allowed in certain areas.

  • Fires: Open fires are not permitted on the beach, and regulations regarding fires in campgrounds can vary, so it's wise to check the latest guidelines before your trip.

  • Alcohol and Glass Containers: The consumption of alcohol and the use of glass containers may be restricted in certain areas.

Safety Considerations

  • Water Safety: As with any beach, visitors should be cautious about strong rip currents and cold water temperatures.

  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and make sure to store food properly to avoid attracting animals.

Visitor Tips

  • Check Weather: Be prepared for changing coastal weather and bring appropriate gear.

  • Local Services: There are stores and restaurants in the nearby town of Aptos in case you need to restock supplies.

Contact Information

To inquire about the latest conditions or make reservations, you can contact:

  • Seacliff State Beach: +1 (831) 685-6500

  • California State Parks Reservation System:

Before planning your trip, it's always a good idea to check for the latest updates, as conditions and regulations can change over time.

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