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10 Popular California Beach Campgrounds

Hey Campers! Whether you live in California, or if you're planning to visit, there are some great beach campsites to discover along the state's coast – some we're willing to bet you didn't know existed. Surfing, swimming, diving, kayaking, hiking, exploring and biking... if you're into that kinda stuff, these California campgrounds are for you.

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    Sunset Beach State Park Campground

    Sunset Beach Campground features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes and Pacific Ocean side picnic spots between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey; making this a great getaway for families year-round.
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    Refugio State Beach Campground

    Complete with palm trees, Refugio State Beach Campground offers great swimming, fishing, hiking and biking along the west side of California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Santa Barbara resides about 20 miles to the east.
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    McGrath State Beach Campground

    Bordering the Santa Clara River Estuary Natural Preserve, McGrath State Beach offers lush streamside woodlands, coastal dunes and wide, beautiful beach during cool summers and mild, wet winters. A surprising diversity of plants and animals, including more than 245 bird species, call McGrath State Beach Campground home.
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    Leo Carrillo State Park Campground

    A mile and a half for surfing, wind-surfing, surf fishing and beachcombing; plus tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring near back-country hiking. Visitors can retire to sycamore-shaded tent and RV campsites afterwards.
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    Bolsa Chica State Beach Campground

    One of the most popular beaches in Southern California – Bolsa Chica State Beach Campground, with its soft surf, is perfect for swimmers and beginning surfers. Nearby is Huntington Beach to the immediate south and Newport Beach just another six miles or so down the road.
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    Crystal Cove Cottages State Park

    Known to be one of the last remaining examples of early 20th century Southern California coastal development, Crystal Cove Cottages State Park offers a piece of history in its 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages, of which 13 are available for overnight use by the public just north of Laguna Beach.
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    San Clemente State Beach Campground

    San Clemente State Beach Campground has been one of the most popular beaches in California since 1937 – and for good reason! World-famous surf and sugary sand can be found along this picturesque mile of beach on the south end of Orange County.
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    San Elijo State Beach Campground

    Swimming, surfing, camping and picnicking are just a few of the activities you can enjoy at San Elijo State Beach in Northern San Diego County. Nearby towns are Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Encinitas – and beaches like Moonlight beach.
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    South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

    Fantastic beaches with swimming, surfing fishing and famous evening jogs make South Carlsbad State Beach Campground a very popular San Diego County destination by tourists who come to feel the sun.
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    Silver Strand State Beach Campground

    Silver Strand State Beach is a 7-mile isthmus that connects the city of Coronado and Imperial Beach, and sits between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay – making this one of the most unique campgrounds in the state. The beach gets its name from all of the silvery oyster shells that cover the sand.

As you can imagine, most beach campgrounds are very busy during peak times (spring through fall), so an early reservation is a must if you plan to visit during this timeframe.

Did we miss your favorite California beach campground? Let us know in the comments!

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