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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 (93 Campers)

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

2. Limekiln Campground

100% Recommend (19 Campers)

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: The area is beautiful. My review is specific to the camping context. Looking at the photos, the sites look amazing, but...
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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 (11 Campers)

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: 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...
314 Saves
Kirk Creek Campground

4. Kirk Creek Campground

96% Recommend (23 Campers)

“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: 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...
235 Saves
In the song, "Road Trippin," the Red Hot Chili Peppers mention surfing at Big Sur.
Camp Cruz Group Retreat
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5. Camp Cruz Group Retreat

100% Recommend (19 Campers)

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

6. Pinnacles Campground

93% Recommend (23 Campers)

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

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...
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Many writers, including Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller, found inspiration from the rugged beauty in the Big Sur area.
Andrew Molera Trail Camp

7. Andrew Molera Trail Camp

100% Recommend (4 Campers)

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

8. Plaskett Creek Campground

100% Recommend (9 Campers)

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: I'm a fan of beaches, and Sand Dollar Beach is pretty dang rad (and directly across from the campground)!
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Despite the crowds of people that you see on your visit, there are only around 2,000 permanent residents in the area.
Flamenco Romántico Paraíso Camping
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9. Flamenco Romántico Paraíso Camping

88% Recommend (8 Campers)

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

10. Sunset Campground

93% Recommend (14 Campers)

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: 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...
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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.
Pianetta Ranch & Winery Camp
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11. Pianetta Ranch & Winery Camp

100% Recommend (48 Campers)

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: 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...
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New Brighton Campground

12. New Brighton Campground

96% Recommend (12 Campers)

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: This campground sits right above a great beach for launching a kayak or paddleboard. Some of the sites are kind of wide open...
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Nacimiento Camp Campground

13. Nacimiento Camp Campground

100% Recommend (5 Campers)

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: This is a perfect option for peak times in Big Sur, when camp spots is hard to find. There are plenty of camping options...
69 Saves
The Cowgirl Room
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14. The Cowgirl Room

100% Recommend (7 Campers)

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

Nick: So great! Had a very relaxing weekend here, the property is both bustling with (animal) activity and at the same time quiet and...
63 Saves
The Cowboy Room
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15. The Cowboy Room

100% Recommend (6 Campers)

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: This was my first time staying at FlipJack Ranch and definitely will not be my last. Robin and David treated us like family...
169 Saves
The Cowhand Room
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16. The Cowhand Room

93% Recommend (7 Campers)

The Cowhand room is a blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. Queen sized bed, large bathroom, private entrance. A "Wake up tray" is delivered to...

Karmen: We had a party of 7 that stayed at the Flipjack ranch this past weekend for a "bachelorette party" and this place enormously...
58 Saves
Heart of the Wild Group Camp
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17. Heart of the Wild Group Camp

95% Recommend (11 Campers)

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...

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Aswin Ajaiy Kumaran: The camp is huge and amazing. Betty was very helpful. :) The kitchen was almost fully stocked with everything we needed. Be...
505 Saves
A Place To Stay
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18. A Place To Stay

Along a wild and lonely coastline, where the mountains meet the sea. A place to set up your tent, by the ocean near the creek. Due to current road...

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Wild Tender Ranch Light House View
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19. Wild Tender Ranch Light House View

94% Recommend (52 Campers)

Thank you for your continued support of the Horse Sanctuary!!! We can't do it without you! This small, secluded, romantic CAMPsite is meant for...

Jessica: We stayed at the Light House campsite for New Years Eve and could not have picked a more magical spot to ring in the new year....
817 Saves
Mossy Bench Camp
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20. Mossy Bench Camp

100% Recommend (3 Campers)

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