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 10 popular California beach campgrounds are for you.
Sunset Beach Campground features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes and picnic spots along the Pacific Ocean. The park is located between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey; making this a great getaway for families year-round.
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. There is also a surprising diversity of plants and animals, including more than 245 bird species.
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.
One of the most popular beaches in Southern California – Bolsa Chica State Beach Campground is one of the most popular beaches in Southern California. It also has some mellow surf, which is perfect for swimmers and beginning surfers. Huntington Beach to the immediate south and Newport Beach is also just 6 miles away.
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. There are about 18 available for overnight use. The park and cottages are located just north of Laguna Beach.
Silver Strand State Beach is a 7-mile isthmus that connects the city of Coronado and Imperial Beach. It is located 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). Reserving a campsite is a must as these campgrounds will sell out quickly. If you don’t get a site, you can also use Campsite Assist to get notified when a campsite becomes available for the dates you want to camp.
You can read more about these campgrounds at https://outdoorish.com/discover/camping-california/
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