Hipcamp host Ohji S.
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There are different areas throughout the property where you can pitch your tent. Most campsites require a short walk. Arrive Before Dark. There are also other listings for rustic accommodations


In the center of the California coast

Where the mountains meet the sea

A refuge in nature

Beside the flowing


There are different areas throughout the property where you can pitch your tent. Most campsites require a short walk. Arrive Before Dark. There are also other listings for rustic accommodations                                    


In the center of the California coast

Where the mountains meet the sea

A refuge in nature

Beside the flowing creek

A Home with Family, Friends, and Animals


Striving to create a minimal impact, with a respect and awareness of this wild and natural part of the central California coast. Practicing simple eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly living techniques


An escape from the electrical grid. There is no internet, electricity or phone service. There is minimal solar lighting, fire and propane stoves and water heaters


There is an outdoor open kitchen available for the local community as well as visitors to use, with dishes, a sink, stove, and a fire-pit with grill for cooking. There is an organic vegetable garden, goats, chickens, bees and fruit trees


Drinking water is spring fed and also available filtered. Bottled water is unnecessary


There is 1 fire-pit in the main area and a fireplace on the upper level. No personal fires (besides Tipi’s)


Structures on the land are rustic, generally lightweight and built to blend in with the natural character of the land. There are outdoor composting poopers set up with sawdust and barrels, and there is a flushing toilet with an old septic tank that is mainly used for peeing


Kids are welcome with an accompanying adult


Dogs are welcome off leash. it may be necessary to have them on leash if they attack chickens, goats, cats or other dogs. Bury dog poop with a stick or shovel or cover it with dirt and grass. Do not put a plastic bag of dog poop in the garbage


Big Sur is remote area with beautiful beaches, creeks and hiking trails throughout the forest. Some areas can be very dangerous with steep cliffs and loose rocks.  Be aware that things like spiders, snakes, raccoons, mice, poison oak, etc.. exist in natural areas like this


Enjoy the scenic Pacific Coast highway. Retreat into nature by yourself or with friends and family. Have a romantic getaway. Practice art, music and photography. Spend time to read & write and sit in meditation. Adventure along the creek, to the beach or up the mountains


No stereos or electronic music devices. Acoustic instruments are encouraged


Big Sur has a curvy mountain 2-lane Hwy. If a car wants to pass, pull over. Do not pass in double yellow. Carpool


Take away your own garbage. There is no trash service. If used properly, there is a recycling station  to sort paper, glass, metal, plastic and food-waste. Do not put unsorted bags in any bin


Alcohol is discouraged. It is not intended as a place to party or get drunk. A casual drink is okay


Donations are put back into the land. They go towards the mortgage and other resources that help to facilitate the nurturing and sharing of this sacred space


Because there is no internet on the land, Maggie helps manage reservations from off-site and does not live on the property. There is a 2 night minimum For Friday and Saturday unless booked within 10 days prior or only one night is available


Come with a certain level of independence. Hosts are not always available. This is a place to help people help themselves. If you need something, please ask. Make sure you have the arrival instructions. Arrive before dark to easily find your site and get any assistance you may need


Be prepared before leaving Monterey from the north and Morro Bay from the south with plenty of gas, a flashlight, warm clothes, groceries, wood, ice, and anything else you may want or need from town


In the wintertime, Dec-Feb, the days are shorter and it is wetter, windier and colder and there may  be unsafe road conditions. As many structures are outside it is advisable to check the weather before booking

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send ohji a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.



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Hipcamper Paul
Paul C.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2017

This was better than we could have ever guessed. I don;t want to spoil the surprise but it has inspired me to see that places like this are out there for us to discover. Perfect camping and community. I hope to be able to share a homestead this generous and enchanting with the world one day. Until then, I'll just keep going back to visit.

Hipcamper Anthony
Anthony F.
recommends this listing.
December 22nd, 2017

This is a very special place! Definitely a unique, unconventional camping experience, in the best sense. The hosts are super chill and extremely generous. Just expect to come, help yourself, find a place to pitch your tent and enjoy the tranquility of the land and the lull of the ocean. My wife and I spent our wedding anniversary camping here and had a wonderful experience! (The five-minute private walking trail to the beach is definitely a highlight!)

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Hipcamper Graham
Graham F.
recommends this listing.
February 19th, 2018

Amazing spot. The tent sites, tipis, and outdoor bedrooms are just the tip of the iceberg - our visit also featured goats, chickens, puppies, the soothing sound of the creek, an easy walk to the beach, and of course a full view of the stars undiluted by ambient artificial light. The shared kitchen is well-stocked, the composting toilets are much more pleasant than the typical campground toilet, and the hosts were present, helpful, and interesting to talk to. Fellow campers were also a nice bunch. We're looking forward to our next visit.

Hipcamper Annie
Annie P.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2017

Such a special place, David was a great host as the owners weren't there. Met cool people, ate good food, close to beach, creek to explore, waterfall near by. Will definitely be returning one day :)

Hipcamper mai
Mai L.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2017

We really enjoyed our time at A Place to Camp. It was a perfect location to have a weekend of digital detox off grid. Our hosts were friendly and open, the other guests were also friendly and kind. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our little corner of the camp site, walk to the beach and short drive to Sand Dollar Beach. We will definitely go back for another visit.

Hipcamper Caitlin
Caitlin T.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2017

This place is magical. I will definitely be back. Thank you for having me!

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Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa R.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
November 21st, 2017

We had a wonderful weekend camping here. The property is beautifully situated in a valley with a rushing stream down the middle. There were a few aspects of the site that needed some attention to make the experience a bit less sloppy. The toilets needed attention and a proper seat, and there are hoses and wood construction piles in many places. The delightful dogs and cat that roam the property are perfectly friendly, but are also allowed to dedicate anywhere.

I bring up these criticisms because this camp could really be top notch. We were still comfortable, had a lovely time, and you can't beat the location! Big Sur is a magical place.

Hipcamper Shane
Shane S.
recommends this listing.
November 24th, 2017

Such a unique and incredible space. I could not recommend staying here enough.

Hipcamper Carly
Carly E.
recommends this listing.
November 28th, 2017

This was an awesome location in Big Sur! Great place to camp if you have a dog - everyone seemed laid back and comfortable with the several dogs roaming around off leash. Make sure you check the bottom of the site's map when you get there for directions to the trail that leads to the ocean. We're used to backpacking, so we didn't actually need anything from the hosts, but they've got a great outdoor kitchen set up with everything you might need (byofood, of course).

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