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The best camping near Santa Cruz, California.

Crisp, Pacific Ocean air and redwood groves make Santa Cruz camping a nature-lover's haven.


The Cloud Trailer is absolutely stunning and nestled behind beautiful greenery, separating it from the main house.
The stove, oven, sink, and refrigerator make camp cooking easy!
people food camper
We brought all our own cooking supplies to use in the trailer.
people rv lodging
RV or Trailer provided
Flying Cloud
100% 30 Responses
$75/night
Julian
Julian: The Cloud Trailer is absolutely stunning! It's a brand new trailer that is nestled betw...
Campsite 1 by goats
Campsite 2
Rusty Hill Farm Homestead
A quiet nook to hang out and relax
food eggs
Steven
Steven: This place is absolutely amazing. Christine and David are amazing hosts and have create...
Whether you want to relax in a tent while you listen to the waves roll in, marvel at redwoods reaching for the sky overhead, or pamper yourself with a stay at a luxury ranch, Santa Cruz camping offers choices you're bound to love. Pack your surfboards to take advantage of the world-renowned surf breaks along the Santa Cruz coast, and then treat yourself to the famous Boardwalk Read more...
Whether you want to relax in a tent while you listen to the waves roll in, marvel at redwoods reaching for the sky overhead, or pamper yourself with a stay at a luxury ranch, Santa Cruz camping offers choices you're bound to love. Pack your surfboards to take advantage of the world-renowned surf breaks along the Santa Cruz coast, and then treat yourself to the famous Boardwalk for some carnival fun before heading back to your campsite or cabin. Large group campgrounds and sites with beautiful meadows are ideal for outdoor weddings, family reunions or group retreats. If you want an experience that's a bit more plush than tent camping on the beach, head to a working ranch for a B&B stay complete with a delicious farm-to-table breakfast every morning, then enjoy visits to the area's intriguing wineries. The stunning natural beauty of Big Sur awaits you up the coast at the end of one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Hike through these epic hills, enjoying waterfalls and views of the Pacific. Or head to Sunset State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park or Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park if it's big trees and sunsets you're after.
tent people lodging
Greenhouse in the hills.
A perfect morning dip tank is nearby.
Just a chair with a perfect view!
Lower Garden on the way to the Vista campsite.
WindTree Vista
97% 33 Responses
$60/night
Nikki
Nikki: The Wind Tree was such a cool experience. We arrived in the night and were amazed at ho...
Setting up by the fire underneath the stars.
Wild Tender Tipi Ocean View
people campfire camper
Plenty to look at out here.
VIEWS
Wild Tender Tipi Ocean View
96% 224 Responses
$100/night
Jessica
Jessica: We stayed at the Light House campsite for New Years Eve and could not have picked a mor...
The mascot of the University of California, Santa Cruz is the banana slug.
A very clean loo
#2 PARK N SURF
#2 PARK N SURF
#2 PARK N SURF
#2 PARK N SURF
#2 PARK N SURF
95% 11 Responses
$45/night
Xanthe
Xanthe: Perfect spot for a private pit stop and an adventure regardless of the short stay. Espe...
On the front side of the house.
This is the Cowboy room, at the second floor of the house.
Enjoying a relaxing read before our delicious farm to table dinner.
The Cowboy Room is roomy and rustic, with a private bathroom and forest views on both sides.
Under the towering trees is a swing that you'll have a hard time pulling yourself away from.
Cabin provided
The Cowboy Room
100% 24 Responses
$210/night
Karen
Karen: This was my first time staying at FlipJack Ranch and definitely will not be my last. Ro...
Railroads have been taking Santa Cruz visitors to see big redwoods for over 100 years. The Roaring Camp Railroad still makes the trip.

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The chillest camp spot.
The back window opens up so you can wake up to some fresh air!
Enjoy a hip 79 VW Westy Campmobile
people van lodging
Hanging out with the dream machine.
RV or Trailer provided
Awse
Awse: Awesome host Very beautiful views. Cool experience all in all
Beautiful redwoods all around
Private waterfall surrounded by 10 acres of redwoods, a stream, and tranquility
Modern "tiny house" studio build inside of a shipping container
Driving into the property from Highway 1 along the coast
Rancho Rio is so close to the backside (or frontside? Depends how you look at it) of Big Basin. In just a few miles' hike from the property, we were watching the fog roll over the coast from the top of Chalk Mountain.
Cabin provided
Dara
Dara: We loved our stay at Rancho Rio!!! It was the perfect weekend getaway - beautiful, quie...
The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is the oldest amusement park in the U.S. Its carousel dates to 1911 and its classic wooden roller coaster to 1924.
Front porch of the cottage facing the gardens.
Hanging out in the morning.
people house lodging
Stepping out onto the porch.
Time to feed the goats!
Cabin provided
Ali
Ali: My 4-year-old son and I had an awesome time here! He loved exploring the little pathway...
Next to the yurts are wooden platforms you can set your tent up.
tent people yurt
Tent option when you book through Hipcamp
Inside one of the yurts which has electricity and heat (and a fan)
A short 15minute hike will take you to a clearing with a hammock and some chairs to see the sunset/stars
Steven
Steven: Lupin Lodge is a unique place located by Los Gatos, CA. It's a clothing optional campsi...
One of the first public mentions of Santa Cruz came in 1885 when three Hawaiian princes surfed along its coast.
Great for wildlife enthusiasts
Wild Tender Ranch Sweeping Views
Wild Tender Ranch Sweeping Views
Wild Tender Ranch Sweeping Views
Crazy beauty sunsets
Tommy
Tommy: This place is fantastic. Driving by the grazing horses on your way in sets the stage f...
New Years Eve Vibin
The Owl's Nest is a 14 ft. furnished yurt with a wood stove and a wrap around deck. It has two deluxe cots.
forest yurt lodging
cabin tent with a woodstove
The Hawk's Nest is a 12x10 ft. Cabin Tent.
Dome provided
Leslie
Leslie: We are 12 families from Sunset Coop Nursery School in San Francisco. Cruz Camp totally ...
Weather in Santa Cruz is mild enough for winter camping. If you visit between January and March, you might spot the grey whale migration.
The 'Tumbleweed Hotel' camper
View from your deck
Camper has a parking spot right in front
Kitchen counters and dinette.  Dinette and couch convert into beds for smaller adults or children.
A new full mattress with all bedding provided.  NOT a double or queen size bed!
RV or Trailer provided
Sarah
Sarah: We loved the Tumbleweed Hotel! The camper had everything we needed: cozy, easy and com...
Plenty of room to pick your perfect spot at this campsite.
Music corner!
WindTree Medicine Wheel Site
forest people group
Cute succulent garden outside the main lodge.
John
John: Elena's WindTree property is amazing beyond words. As someone who camps all over the wo...
Field camp spot
Sweet Spot on the Farm #1
Outdoor Shower
Sweet Spot on the Farm #1
Happy campers
Steven
Steven: legit spot! my little man loved it.
tent mountain lodging
tent people lodging
tent people lodging
tent mountain lodging
tent lodging
Andy
Andy: Stunning views from the top of the hill. It's a bit of an adventure to get here (make s...
The geodesic dome
The Eagles Nest is a 22 ft. geodome furnished as a studio. It has 4 deluxe cots.
forest lodging dome
forest yurt lodging
The Cabin Tent
Dome provided
Audrey
Audrey: Camp Cruz is our first HipCamp experience, and it sets the bar high! The camp is s...
The firepit is wonderful
lodging canvas tent
Tree Canopy Shangri-la
people lodging poc
Surrounded by nature
Canvas tent provided
Tree Canopy Shangri-la
92% 37 Responses
$145/night
Natasha
Natasha: Watsonville is a small town close by to Santa Cruz. It is a small farming town with a l...
Don't worry, we will leave the light on for you.
enclosed Garden around tipi
Inside 22' tipi
22' tipi set in fenced garden area
Picnic table & fire pit
Canvas tent provided
Anthony
Anthony: They make you feel welcome. A getaway close to the city, easy in and out. Pick and eat ...
A comfortable queen bed with premium linens awaits you.
Take a dip in our pool or soak in our hot tub
Gather around the campfire
Farm to table breakfast included!
Gorgeous Pacific beaches, just 3 miles away.
Cabin provided
The Cowhand Room
96% 14 Responses
$199/night
Karmen
Karmen: We had a party of 7 that stayed at the Flipjack ranch this past weekend for a "bachelor...