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The 20 best camping spots near Big Sur, California.

Enjoy a vacation of untamed wilderness, roaring surf and fresh air in Big Sur.

Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground

1. Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground

97% Recommend (156 Responses)

Take in the beautiful Big Sur coastal views at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. With ample shade provided by Redwood and Sycamore trees, an 80-foot...

Nate
Nate: We stayed at campsite 177 based on Sarah's recommendation and loved it. Right on the river, and within a stones throw to the...
465 Saves
Limekiln Campground

2. Limekiln Campground

100% Recommend (27 Responses)

This coastal campground has two main loops: one that winds along the redwoods along Limekiln Creek, and one that perches on cliffs overlooking the...

David
David: The area is beautiful. My review is specific to the camping context. Looking at the photos, the sites look amazing, but...
211 Saves
Spend the night on a bluff with ocean views or beside a stream, camping in Big Sur offers you the chance to explore untamed nature. Stretching between Carmel and San Simeon, this area is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Cabins and camping near Big Sur offer you a variety of locations from seaside bluffs to rich forest scenery. Read more...
Spend the night on a bluff with ocean views or beside a stream, camping in Big Sur offers you the chance to explore untamed nature. Stretching between Carmel and San Simeon, this area is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Cabins and camping near Big Sur offer you a variety of locations from seaside bluffs to rich forest scenery. While the area doesn't have many local residents, it's a popular destination for nature lovers so many camping options exist. Wake up next to majestic redwood trees and stunning mountain views. Just south of Carmel, Limekiln State Park provides year round camping spots among the redwoods with stunning views of the California coastline. At Ventana Campground, spend the nights in redwood canyon and along the banks of Post Creek. Dotted along the Route 1, private and public campgrounds make exploring this region fun and unique.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns Campground

3. Julia Pfeiffer Burns Campground

100% Recommend (16 Responses)

This park may only have two camping spots, but they are known to be some of the best camping in California! Both are walk-in (meaning be prepared...

Sasha
Sasha: Rather than parking in the JPB lot and schlepping your stuff, drive another 1/4 mile or so down Hwy. 1 until you see a pullout...
328 Saves
Kirk Creek Campground

4. Kirk Creek Campground

97% Recommend (30 Responses)

“Welcome to ‘post-card land,’ feel free to pitch a tent. ” Kirk Creek Campground offers-up a piece of saline serenity for the outdoor savvy...

Aja
Aja: Listen raccoons. You think you're gonna sneak up up on me? This is not my first time at the rodeo. Don't look at me with your...
247 Saves
In the song, "Road Trippin," the Red Hot Chili Peppers mention surfing at Big Sur.
Andrew Molera Trail Camp

5. Andrew Molera Trail Camp

94% Recommend (8 Responses)

Sleep in a grassy open meadow in your Big Sur campsite at Andrew Molera Trail Camp, waking early to meander along a trail beside the Big Sur River...

Sasha
Sasha: These sites are in a big open field, and while it makes for nice, flat camping, there is ZERO privacy. The only exceptions are...
191 Saves
New Brighton Campground

6. New Brighton Campground

98% Recommend (22 Responses)

New Brighton State Beach campground is off use to day visitors, so make use of its many splendors and stay the night! The location is...

Courtney
Courtney: This campground sits right above a great beach for launching a kayak or paddleboard. Some of the sites are kind of wide open...
99 Saves
Many writers, including Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller, found inspiration from the rugged beauty in the Big Sur area.
The Cowgirl Room
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7. The Cowgirl Room

100% Recommend (7 Responses)

Our most comfortable room, the Cowgirl features a premium king size bed, fluffy down comforter, ensuite bath and private entrance. Wake up tray...

Nick
Nick: So great! Had a very relaxing weekend here, the property is both bustling with (animal) activity and at the same time quiet and...
70 Saves
Pinnacles Campground

8. Pinnacles Campground

93% Recommend (27 Responses)

Wild turkeys, rabbits, condors, and the sun shining on your (hopefully) sunscreened face, Pinnacles is a great campground that even has a nearby...

Oshie
Oshie: Site 18 is secluded. Located at the end of the road, right by a closed gate. Few hundred feet beyond the gate stands a huge...
151 Saves
Despite the crowds of people that you see on your visit, there are only around 2,000 permanent residents in the area.
Camp Cruz Group Retreat
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9. Camp Cruz Group Retreat

100% Recommend (20 Responses)

Privately located on 4 acres in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Cruz is a premium group campground with all the basic...

Leslie
Leslie: We are 12 families from Sunset Coop Nursery School in San Francisco. Cruz Camp totally exceeded our hopes and expectations! ...
341 Saves
Plaskett Creek Campground

10. Plaskett Creek Campground

100% Recommend (12 Responses)

Plaskett Creek is a campers, surfers, spearfishers, and super-relaxers paradise just across from the largest sandy beach in the Big Sur area, Sand...

A
A: I'm a fan of beaches, and Sand Dollar Beach is pretty dang rad (and directly across from the campground)!
180 Saves
The 1862 Homestead Act offered 160 acres of free land to people who moved to Big Sur. It would be worth a fortune at today's prices.
Sunset Campground

11. Sunset Campground

92% Recommend (18 Responses)

Sunset Campground offers 90 campsites with sprawling farms on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. While none of the sites offer water...

Krishna
Krishna: The campground is family friendly. We were 3 families and we shared a camp site and it was easy. The trail to the beach is...
38 Saves
Heart of the Wild Group Camp
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12. Heart of the Wild Group Camp

96% Recommend (13 Responses)

We are sad about Highway 1, BUT>>>the good news is you can still get here!Still accessible via Route 101! You can get here by taking the...

Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran
Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran: The camp is huge and amazing. Betty was very helpful. :) The kitchen was almost fully stocked with everything we needed. Be...
519 Saves
The Cowboy Room
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13. The Cowboy Room

100% Recommend (6 Responses)

The Cowboy room is our most rustic room with a queen log bed and fireplace, ensuite bath, and private deck. The room is on the second floor,...

Karen
Karen: This was my first time staying at FlipJack Ranch and definitely will not be my last. Robin and David treated us like family...
177 Saves
Flamenco Romántico Paraíso Camping
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14. Flamenco Romántico Paraíso Camping

88% Recommend (8 Responses)

We have 3 campsites that share a community kitchen and 2 full bathrooms. We are located in the hills of Soquel (Santa Cruz county, California) 6...

Gui
Gui: We definitely had a wonderful stay. It is very quite and remote but also very close to Capitola where we surfed. We also were...
107 Saves
Nacimiento Camp Campground

15. Nacimiento Camp Campground

100% Recommend (6 Responses)

Nacimiento campground offers remote camping close to Monterrey and Big Sur. If you're looking to escape the crowded coast, this small campground is...

Tori
Tori: This is a perfect option for peak times in Big Sur, when camp spots is hard to find. There are plenty of camping options...
79 Saves
Huckleberry Campground

16. Huckleberry Campground

97% Recommend (36 Responses)

As Doc Holiday says, “I’ll be your Huckleberry. ” While he most likely wasn’t referring to this Big Basin camping site, this is not a spot to be...

Pol
Pol: Very nice campground. Hike-in spots are just like 100 yards from the the parking spot. Bathrooms are surprisingly hotel-clean...
89 Saves
Pianetta Ranch & Winery Camp
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17. Pianetta Ranch & Winery Camp

100% Recommend (54 Responses)

Located just north of the Paso Robles wine region, Pianetta Ranch and Winery is the perfect spot to pitch a tent and relax around a campfire (maybe...

Tim
Tim: We had a short but sweet stay at Pianetta Ranch. Everyone we dealt with, from reservation to on-site, went out of their way to...
321 Saves
Bar Sz Ranch
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18. Bar Sz Ranch

100% Recommend (3 Responses)

The Bar SZ Ranch is a genuine working family ranch. A few days here will immerse you in a lifestyle we love to share with others. Enjoy roping,...

Maria
Maria: Bar SZ Ranch is a stunning property with the most hospitable land owners you’ll meet. My friends and I camped on their flat,...
62 Saves
Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground

19. Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground

100% Recommend (11 Responses)

Only ten minutes from nearby Santa Cruz and five minutes from Felton, the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park campground offers you a chance to get...

g.m.
G.M.: We stayed in site 11 last summer. The sites are spacious and tidy. Lots of poison oak on the outside of the rings, but...
60 Saves
Mossy Bench Camp
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20. Mossy Bench Camp

100% Recommend (6 Responses)

Camp on private property in a redwood forest at secluded Mossy Bench Camp. You will be the only campers at the 4 acre site, part of a forested ten...

Rob
Rob: this was a beautiful campground and robin was very welcoming! we enjoyed it muchly!
34 Saves