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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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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