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Beach camping in California

The Locations below allow overnight camping.Some locations allows both tent and motorhome camping.Posted fees and information are subject to change without advance notice.The list includes favorite locations throughout California.Due to recent budget cutbacks, it’s recommended you call ahead to make sure the facilities are open and to check for changes in fees.

Bodega Bay, CA

·Sonoma Coast State Park

(707) 875-3483 /

Comments: All loops of the Bodega Dunes Campground open May 1st, reservations and information call: (707) 865-2391.The beach is located between Jenner and Bodega Bay on Highway One. The Rangers' Station is at the north side of Salmon Creek, off Highway 1.

Capitola, CA

New Brighton State Beach

Located off the Park Avenue exit off Highway 1

(831) 464-6329 /

Comments: The amenities include picnic areas, swimming, fishing and a nearby forest of Monterey pine and Coastal Live Oak. The camping area is on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay.The beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. To access the beach take the New Brighton/Park Ave. exit off Hwy1.

Carlsbad, CA

·Carlsbad State Beach

7201 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad, CA

(760) 438.3143 /

Comments: Beach is located 3 miles south of Carlsbad, take I-5 fwy. exit Poinsettia Ln (make a legal U-turn at Breakwater Rd.)A camp store at the located entrance operates March through October.The store sells all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, firewood, and fishing gear.

Dana Point. CA

·Doheny State Beach - 5300 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Dana Point. CA / 49-496-6172 /

Comments: 122 Ocean close sites and 34 Sites on the sand

Encinitas, CA

·San Eliji State Beach

Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Encinitas,

CA(North San Diego County)

170 Campsites (about ½ of the sites have an ocean view

Gaviota, CA

·Gaviota State Beach

Gaviota State Park Rd

GOLETA CA 93117 (33 Miles West of Santa Barbara on Hwy 101)

(805) 968-1033 /

Comments: The campgrounds have 41 developed campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers up to 25 feet and R V sites up to 27 feet.Gaviota Beach campground is next to the train crossing.

Huntington Beach, CA

·Bolsa Chica State Beach

18000 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Offer year around reservations for RV’s (800) 444.7275

Comments: Overnight camping is available by reservation (no tents). The Park is located in Huntington Beach and extends three miles from Sunset Beach to Seapoint Avenue. A bikeway connects it with Huntington State Beach, seven miles south.

·Huntington by the Sea RV Resort

21871 Newland Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92646

(714) 536.8316

·Sunset Vista RV Resort

315 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 696.5621

Malibu, CA

·Leo Carrillo State Beach

Comments: Campsites are under the giant sycamores on the east side of State Hwy 1 and on the beach on the west side, with access to tide pools. Plan onhiking the Nicholas Flat Trail for a beautiful coastal view. For info visit: or call 310/457-8143.

New Port Beach, CA

·Newport dunes - 1131 Back Bay Drive (PCH and Jamboree)

Newport Beach, CA/ 949-729-3863

Comments: Tents must be free standing (no stakes), two tents allowed per campsite, one-bedroom cottages available.

Oxnard, CA

·McGrath State Beach

(805) 648.3321 /

Comments: McGrath State Beach is about 5 miles south of the town of Ventura, off Harbor Blvd.This campground has 6 or so sites that are near the water and several within walking distance.The grounds have restrooms, showers, fire rings, picnic tables, and RV Dumping station.

San Clemente, CA

·San Clemente State Beach - I-5 and Avenida

Calafia, CA / 949-492-3156

Comments: Bluff top camping junior ranger summer programs

Ranger led walks and hikes, great place for the family

San Diego, CA

·San Eliso State Beach

(760) 436-6601 /

Comments: San Elijo State Beach extends along Coast Highway 101, 3/4 mile north from San Elijo Lagoon's.The entrance channel is near the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. 
Exit Interstate 5 at Encinitas Blvd., head west. 
Turn left on So. Coast Hwy. follow the Coast Hwy. So about 1 1/2 miles. Max RV and Trailer length 35’

·Silver Strand Beach

5000 Highway 75
Coronado, CA 92118

(619) 435-5184 /

Comments: Per Coastal Commission regulations, campers must be in fully self-contained vehicles. Fire rings for cookouts are available on the beach during summer. It is always a good idea to call ahead regarding operating hours, fees, and conditions, which can change.

San Juan Capistrano

·Caper's Wilderness Park - 33401 Ortega Hwy. 949-923-2210

Comments: BBQ & Fire Pits, Hiking, Biking and Equestrian Trails.

San Luis Obispo, CA

·Avila Beach

101 San Miguel Street

Avila Beach, CA 93424

(805) 595-1700 /

Comments: Come experience this hidden paradise on the Central Coast, with one road in and one road out. Avila Beach will be the only place you'll ever visit where you'll never become homesick.The best kept secrete for beach camping.It offers both tent and RV campsites at a very reasonable price.There’re restaurants, hotels and many more things to do and places to shop.This is the beach to visit.

·Pismo State Beach

The beach is located in the town of Ocean off Highway 1

(805) 489-1869 /

Comments: RV 36’ and Trailers max length 31’ It’s recommended that you call for reservations.

San Onofre, CA

·San Onofre State Beach - 45 miles South, about 1 hour

I-5 and Basilone Road, San Onofre


Comments: Three miles south of San Clemente, two camping sites, home of Trestles.

Santa Cruz, CA

·Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Santa Cruz Mountains

(831) 338.8860/

Comments: North of Boulder Creek.A beautiful location nested between four waterfalls

Santa Barbara, CA

·Carpinteria State Beach

(805) 968.1033 /

Comments: Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tide pool exploring and camping. Although dogs are not allowed on beach we have a great picnic area where they are allowed to enjoy the outdoors as well.

·El Capitan State Beach

(805) 968.1033

Comments: El Capitán Creek is a perfect location for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking and camping.The beach is located off Highway 101 seventeen miles southwest of Santa Barbara.Max trailer and RV’s lengthis 42 feet, no dumping station.Note the camping is above the beach on a bluff.

·Jalama Beach Santa Barbara

(805) 736.3504 /

Comments: Camping rates $20.00 per night, $30.00 with electric hook ups. Weekly rates are$140.00 during 4/1 to 9/14, $210.00 with electric hook up and $120.00 during 9/15 to 3/31 and $180.00 with electric hook up.

·Refugio State Beach,(Northwest of Santa Barbara)

Comments: The campsites are along the crescent-shaped cove fringed by palm trees.Recreation activities include fish, swim, and snorkel.On Fridays during the summer, the park staff offers free sea-kayaking lessons from 9 or 11:00 A.M. Best for:Rates start at $25 and group rates start at $125; for info visit or call 805/968-1033.

Trinidad, CA

·Big Lagoon County Park, (North of Trinidad) This camp area is located on a huge lagoon bordering the Pacific Ocean. The brackish water is relatively warm, and rich with river otters, shorebirds, and steelhead trout.You can launch your canoe right from your campsite.You may want torent a kayak and paddle up to the sand spit to search for agate. No reservations are required or 707/445-7651

·Morro Strand State Beach

(805) 722-2560 /

Comments: The beach is 2 miles south of Cayucos on Highway.Take the Yerba Buena exit, go a short distance just north of Morro Bay, at 24th St. you can access the beach.

Ventura, CA

·Emma Wood State Beach
Ventura, CA (located west of Ventura)


Comments: Emma Wood State Beach offers family camping for self-contained vehicles only and group camping is available at Ventura River Group Camp.No hook-ups, no tents, no dumping station.

·Faria County Beach

4350 W. Pacific Coast Hwy
Ventura, CA

805-654-3951 /

Comments: 42 sites, 15 with hook-ups (water, sewer, electric and cable TV)
Some tent sites.This small campground has campsites around the edges. Many of them are right next to the ocean.Exit U.S. Hwy 101 at the State Beaches exit just north of Ventura.

·Hobson County Park

210 W. Pacific Coast Highway, 
Ventura, CA

(805) 654-3951

Comments: 31 sites are available for RVs and tents, 10 with hookups (water, sewer, electric, and cable TV). Surface is gravel and there are few trees.Amenities include restrooms, campfires, and a concession store on site.

·McGrath State Beach

The beach is five miles south of Ventura

(805) 968-1033 /

Comments: The best way to get here is exit the 101 at Harbor Blvd, five miles south of Ventura.The beach is located at the mouth of the Santa Clara River on the 2 miles of Sand Dunes.A nice place to relax and bird watch.For reservations: (800) 444-7275

Watsonville, CA

·Sunset State Beach

(831) 763-7062 /

Comments: This beach is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.The beach features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes, and ocean side picnic spots.The beach is 16 miles So. of Santa Cruz, off Highway 1 and San Andreas Rd.

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