Hipcamp host Gene W.
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Please make sure you and your party have read and understand ENTIRE listing description including part about reservations BEFORE requesting to book. 

Currently ONLY booking within 2 weeks> or less - NOT accepting reservations more than 14 days out. 

 If you are trying to "stay safe," please stay home and do NOT request to book.

This is not a campground or f


Please make sure you and your party have read and understand ENTIRE listing description including part about reservations BEFORE requesting to book. 

Currently ONLY booking within 2 weeks> or less - NOT accepting reservations more than 14 days out. 

 If you are trying to "stay safe," please stay home and do NOT request to book.

This is not a campground or fancy resort. There are different areas throughout the property where you can pitch your tent. When you arrive, search for a site ideally suited to your party and gear. 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 to use for the local community and visitors, 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.


No personal fires (besides Tipi’s). There are two communal fire-pits, one in the main area and an outdoor fireplace on the second level.


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, unless 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.


This is a 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.


Carpool, parking can become tight. This is a busy, curvy mountain 2-lane Hwy. If a car wants to pass, pull over.


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.


All contributions are put back into the land, helping to facilitate the nurturing and sharing of this sacred space.  


 -IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED- please write  "I have read the description" and then tell a little bit about yourself/party, in your booking request.  We are currently not booking more than 14 days in advance. There is a 2 night minimum on weekends. Do NOT request to book if you are uncomfortable being around other people or feel the need to wear a face-mask. Because there is no internet or phone on the land inquiries may not be responded to quickly. Maggie helps manage some reservations from off-site, but she does not live on the property.


Arrive before dark. Dogs may bark, but are friendly. You are welcome to check-in with hosts and get any assistance you may need, but they are not always available. Make sure you read the Written Directions and Manual and have them saved, as there is no reception on the coast.


Be prepared before leaving Monterey from the north and Morro Bay from the south with plenty of gas, a light, 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
2 sites
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 Gene 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: 80%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.



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Hipcamper Paul
Paul C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
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.
(Dispersed site)
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.
(Dispersed site)
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.
(Dispersed site)
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.
(Dispersed site)
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.
(Dispersed site)
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.
(Dispersed site)
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.
(Dispersed site)
November 24th, 2017

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

Hipcamper Carly
Carly E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
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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