Those with tents can stay at Emma Wood State Beach at the Ventura Group Campground. Although it is located 2 highway miles away from the main park,...
This primitive campground is for RVs with varied terrain. Reservations are only available during the summer and sites, are first come first serve...
Sometimes a parking lot on the ocean is the best place to camp! Amenities are limited (only porto potties) and there is no running water. The ocean view is pretty stellar, though. Recommended!
Report from your shirtless host @ Emma Woods S.B.
If you don't know about Emma Woods S.B. You are missing out on a camping spot like no other. If you camp @ E.W.S.B. you well only see the Pacific coast out your window. Don't let the freeway keep you away. This rustic camp site is my # 1 stopping spot. I have always liked E.Ws. You camp right on the edge of the beach or next to the seawall. You have the choice of backing in or just pull up to your site. But what ever way you pick the ocean is right there.
No bathrooms, water or Elec. But the views or worth it. So next time you are in the Venture area plan on camping @ Emma Woods S.B.
Your shirtless host Steve
A springtime stay here was eerie and atmospheric. The campground stretches along a length of coast. If you're in a camper or an RV, you can get more secluded spots by driving down the coast away from the main campground. You lose out on amenities and facilities this way, but you get some space to yourself.
Emma Wood State Beach is a section of land that was originally given to Ramon Rodriguez by the Mexican government, and was later sold to an Alabama cattleman. From there, it passed down for two generations until Buddy Wood donated this beach to the state in the 1950s, naming it after his late wife.
The beach also features a crumbling coastal artillery site from WWII! The Panama mounts were built due to fears of an attack by the Japanese, since they had fired at oil wells only a few miles north of Santa Barbara. It’s interesting to see how much time has passed, especially in how much the beach has eroded, as these mounts are now almost completely in the water.