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The 20 best camping spots near Central Coast, California.

Enjoy your stay on the Central Coast of California that sports the nickname the American Rivera.

Private Beach Farm
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1. Private Beach Farm

99% Recommend (34 Responses)

We are a Permaculture and Moringa farm on the beach just North of Santa Barbara and Goleta, Ca. You will camp in a historic, glass greenhouse with...

Topher
Topher: Such a sick spot! The private point break was epic, had the water to ourselves and the waves were dope. The green house we...
391 Saves
Songdog West Campsites
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2. Songdog West Campsites

99% Recommend (78 Responses)

Open air sites for car and motorcycle camping on a 200ft mesa looking over a vast central California Valley to the west.

Abraham
Abraham: This place is a gem. I'm almost afraid to rate it so well because I don't want it to get crowded, but credit is due. I hung out...
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Camping on the Central Coast provides you with a myriad of choices from beach camping to camping in national forests. Stretching from Point Mugu to Monterey Bay, the California Central Coast encompasses six counties and lies to the north of Los Angles and the south of San Francisco. With a variety of terrain, camping on the Central Coast offers you the chance to camp on the Read more...
Camping on the Central Coast provides you with a myriad of choices from beach camping to camping in national forests. Stretching from Point Mugu to Monterey Bay, the California Central Coast encompasses six counties and lies to the north of Los Angles and the south of San Francisco. With a variety of terrain, camping on the Central Coast offers you the chance to camp on the beach tonight and rub elbows with the artists at Carmel-by-the-Sea tomorrow. Beach lovers can find comfortable camping with flush toilets and showers near Monterey and Pismo or enjoy lake camping around Lopez Lake, Lake Cachuma or Lake Nacimiento. Enjoy camping among the trees and wilderness at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For off-the-beaten-path camping, load your supplies into a canoe and paddle into the Santa Margarita Lake campsite or pitch your tent at a campsite near the Laguna Seca Raceway.
Songdog Glampout
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3. Songdog Glampout

97% Recommend (34 Responses)

This is our most lavish campsite. This large round canvas tent is situated all by itself with its own view of the costal mountains and the valley...

Collette
Collette: Songdog Glampout is THE best spot to go if you are looking to see millions of stars and feel like you have the desert to...
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Refugio Campground

4. Refugio Campground

94% Recommend (17 Responses)

If the idea of falling asleep in a tent to the sound of surf and swaying palm trees sounds idyllic, add Refugio State Beach camping to your travel...

Bryn
Bryn: We used to come to this beach for field trips all the time when I was in elementary school. It's an awesome family-friendly...
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With beach dunes as high as 500 feet, Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes are the highest sand dunes in the western part of the United States.
El Capitán Campground

5. El Capitán Campground

91% Recommend (23 Responses)

The lovely thing about all of the campgrounds in El Capitan is that they all have easy access to the beach. In addition to the 123...

Allison
Allison: The raccoons are bold here! Put away and safely store your food immediately before you leave your site.
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Summerset Farm Camp
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6. Summerset Farm Camp

76% Recommend (47 Responses)

This is an organic pick your own vegetable and fruit farm! Camping is on flat ground and you'll be nestled into a berry patch, the sweet corn...

Samantha
Samantha: Summerset Farms was an awesome place to stay! Dale was super easy to get in contact with and had a fire waiting for us when we...
191 Saves
In Carmel-by-the-Sea, you won't see neon signs, hot dog stands or billboards since they are prohibited by local law.
Gracewood Santa Barbara
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7. Gracewood Santa Barbara

86% Recommend (7 Responses)

A small little meadow near a small pond with plenty of picnic tables, a firepit for small fires, running water and a very private and secure...

Adrienne
Adrienne: This is a great place to camp. Huge private space under the shade of Live Oak trees. The ranch is beautiful and Fred and Cyndy...
127 Saves
My Town Ranch Camping
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8. My Town Ranch Camping

92% Recommend (6 Responses)

My Town is a great place to come hang out for a weekend of real ranch experience. There is full bathrooms (including showers), a kitchen, a saloon,...

Steph
Steph: SZ Ranch is INCREDABLE! This place is owned by Steve Zaritsky and he is the best of people. His ranch has been in his family...
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From November to February, San Simeon beaches are home to 1,700 elephant seals.
Speakeasy Lodge
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9. Speakeasy Lodge

100% Recommend (16 Responses)

This Lodge, made by hand using the local indigenous materials, sits 300 feet above & overlooks the valley floor of Cuyama. A large fire ring is...

Jeff
Jeff: Quite possibly the best family camping trip ever. The location is really quite perfect for large groups. We had 5 families...
396 Saves
Eastern Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Ranch)

10. Eastern Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Ranch)

100% Recommend (8 Responses)

Santa Cruz Island is a little more than 10% National Park and the rest is under the Nature Conservancy. This campground is on the northeastern...

Ezekiel
Ezekiel: You'll have to secure transportation to the Island first before booking a campsite. It's very simple tho....
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The two longest wooden piers in California are on the Central Coast, one at Santa Cruz Wharf and the other at Ventura Pier.
Santa Cruz Campground

11. Santa Cruz Campground

100% Recommend (7 Responses)

If you’re on the hunt for beachfront real estate just south of Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Campground at Carpinteria State Beach is your stop! Santa...

Carola
Carola: It's been awhile since I camped here, but I loved the tide pools! ( Look, Don't Take!) You can walk into town very easily.
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Songdog East Campsites
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12. Songdog East Campsites

100% Recommend (8 Responses)

We've opened up the south east corner of our humble property. These additional campsites are tucked away on the upper plateau surrounded by juniper...

Tallay
Tallay: Very lovely and helpful hosts. Each campsite has it's own covered wooden picnic table, fire pit and is set amongst the juniper...
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Epic Romantic Yurt Retreat
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13. Epic Romantic Yurt Retreat

The Yurt is a very private, soulful, sexy, romantic space. Very different from being in a normal house structure. It's like you're camping in a...

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Anacapa Campground

14. Anacapa Campground

100% Recommend (4 Responses)

With 25 campsites, Anacapa campground is the smallest of Carpinteria’s camping options. There are no beachfront sites, but it’s still an amazing...

brandan
Brandan: The "scene" here is super cool. Brewery, nacho stands, Chumash theme playground, volleyball, large grass park for the dog,...
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Ojai Mountaintop Treehouse
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15. Ojai Mountaintop Treehouse

90% Recommend (20 Responses)

Claim your own private mountain with ocean views just 20 minutes from Ojai's boutique shops, restaurants and wineries. What you'll find up here:...

Julian
Julian: We absolutely loved our stay at the Ojai Treehouse. The private mountaintop ridge offers insane expansive views of Ventura, the...
124 Saves
Rancho Relaxo
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16. Rancho Relaxo

Private Ranch conviently located between the La Purisima Mission and Lompoc, CA. Dry camp. Resident dogs on premises. Wildlife and horses on...

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Wheeler Gorge Campground

17. Wheeler Gorge Campground

100% Recommend (6 Responses)

Yep… this is the one that you’re not supposed to tell anyone about. Perhaps, one of Southern California’s best kept secrets, Wheeler Gorge...

Rebecca
Rebecca: Had a great weekend at Wheeler Gorge! A few things: Plan to arrive during the day because setting up a tent in the dark here...
255 Saves
Ventura River Group Campground

18. Ventura River Group Campground

100% Recommend (4 Responses)

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,...

Shirtless host Steve
Shirtless Host Steve : 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...
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Gaviota State Park Campground

19. Gaviota State Park Campground

83% Recommend (3 Responses)

Gaviota State Park Campground is a quirky little place to call home for a night or two. There are 40 campsites (some of which operate on a first...

Victoria
Victoria: So I am from the Central Coast. I love this area. I love the outdoors. I was going to stay here with my then-boyfriend and his...
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The Bunkhouse
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20. The Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse on working cattle ranch. Tent areas, grape arbor covered patio area on concrete slab w/mobile BBQ pit and rustic bar near paved Wasioja...

Christine
Christine: This place was wonderful. It's on a working cattle ranch..antje and web are the owners of the ranch.. You couldn't find a nicer...
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