Hipcamp host Christie K.,
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ADULTS and CHILDREN 13 + and PLEASE NO GRNERATORS. Camp along the banks of Bates Creek under the canopy of the redwoods. Your site is just 1 mile to Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center which adjoins the Forest of Nisene Marks by foot trails.  Must be 13 or older to camp at our property.

Enjoy a leisurely break from your outdoor activities at Soque

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ADULTS and CHILDREN 13 + and PLEASE NO GRNERATORS. Camp along the banks of Bates Creek under the canopy of the redwoods. Your site is just 1 mile to Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center which adjoins the Forest of Nisene Marks by foot trails.  Must be 13 or older to camp at our property.

Enjoy a leisurely break from your outdoor activities at Soquel Vineyards tasting room and patio just 2 1/2 miles up the road or Bargetto Winery just a mile down the road.  You can bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beer back to your campsite where you'll enjoy the peace and tranquility the forest has to offer.

Coastal adventures await you just 2 and 1/2 miles to the beaches in Capitola Village...another mile from there to the 'Hook' surf spot...a short walk from there along the cliffs to famed surf spot and home of Jack O'Neil (RIP) Pleasure Point and the 'Barrel Burrito' at the Point Market, a local favorite.  Enjoy some local craft beer and good eats at Nubo (New Bohemian Brewery) on 41st ave just a couple of blocks from the beach.

For that fine dining experience, book a ride in a vintage car to the famed Shadowbrook Restaurant overlooking Capitola Village and beach.

When you're done exploring all that our coastal communities have to offer, come back to your sweet spot along the banks of Bates Creek and take in the wonderful sounds of nature.  This camp is in a rural/residential neighborhood, so you will see homes along the street and you will be SHARING AN OPEN AREA WITH ANOTHER SITE 'CAMPSITE 2' which accomodates RVs. Your site is uneven ground so leveling a vehicle for sleep is difficult. If you want more privacy, you're welcome to book both sites.   This is a one lane road with a 15 mph speed posted and no exit as it ends at the Land of Medicine Buddha...you will hear the cars as they drive by. NO HOOKUPS SO MUST BE SELF CONTAINED

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 25 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, or Class A RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
No campfires
No toilet
No pets
Amenities
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
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Have a question? Send Christie a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Nearby Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

Fishing

Nearby Capitola Village pier

Hiking

Land of Medicine and Nisene Marks

Paddling

Capitola Village and Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

Surfing

Capitola Village beach, Pleasure Point, The Hook

Swimming

Capitola Village beach

Wildlife watching

You might encounter squirrels, racoons, deer, bobcats and mountain lions during your stay.

Biking

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Babbling Bates Creek Tent site 1 in California.

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Hipcamper Judy
Judy M.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2022

Very quiet, very private. Wonderful to camp surrounded by redwoods! Funky, fun chairs and tables. Christie keeps the little site very clean. Keep in mind there is no water and the porta potty is across the road and up some stairs. Blackberries on the path need to be trimmed!

Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on September 27th, 2022

Thanks for the great review and I apologize for the outhouse pathway inconvenience. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay :-)

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Hipcamper Monica

Camping

Monica V.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2022

So happy I found this camping spot !
It’s such a beautiful area and very close to the beach . I highly recommend this camping area and Christie is a sweetheart!! I will definitely be back

Beautiful area ! Beer 30 Cozy night Beach cruisers are a must
Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on September 27th, 2022

Thanks for the great review and for posting pictures! I hope your adventures bring you back this way :-)

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Hipcamper Henry

Love it!

Henry L.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2022

Christie was super friendly and greeted us upon arrival. Note that my T-mobile phone had no reception there so you might want to save the wifi password ahead of time. The campsite was right in front of a forest, a creek, and a small road that was quiet. The ground was more leveled than a lot of other sites we have stayed. There are many chairs and tables. Definitely check out the temple 5 minutes' drive away. We will return!

Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on August 29th, 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed your time here and that I got to meet you both. Thanks for the great review! :-)

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Hipcamper Rose

Charming creekside spot in woods!

Rose W.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2022

This site was adorable! It is in a neighborhood but it’s still quiet and peaceful. The creek is lovely and a nice private area to sit for morning coffee since it’s down the hill from the tent spot. We happened to meet Christie and she is so sweet and warm. The price is also great for where it is located. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking in the area!

Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on August 28th, 2022

Thanks for the great review and I'm glad I got to meet you both. I look forward to seeing you again if your travels bring you back to Santa Cruz :-)

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Hipcamper David
David D.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2022

Great location!

Babbling Bates Creek Tent site 1
Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on August 29th, 2022

Thanks and what a great pic! :-)

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Hipcamper Cayley
Cayley C.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2022

Christie's spot was very beautiful and it was just what we were looking for. It was a perfect little spot to pitch a tent for the night. No water or toilet so would probably be better for an rv but we made it work and enjoyed it nonetheless.

Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on August 29th, 2022

Thanks, I'm so glad it met up to your expectations and that you enjoyed your stay :-)

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Hipcamper Ann
Ann M.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2022

Edge of town, unique houses along a woodsy road. My tent site was across the road, next to a ravine. Pluses: shady, beautiful setting, the camping site was set up with a table and chairs and Christie does have the best-camouflaged and cleanest portapotty I have ever used. Minuses:. It is pretty steep beyond the edge, so I would stop in the road and set up a light at the edge so I could tell where I was going as I backed in. Also, it was gravel plus dirt, so a little hard to get tent stakes in. Maybe more suited to an rv or van.

Cute sitting area.
Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on July 30th, 2022

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time amongst the redwoods. I will take your advice and put some solar lights along the edge with the steep drop off. :-)

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Hipcamper Heather
Heather N.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2022

Great little spot to spend a night. Christie was a cool host. Good energy in a quiet neighborhood along the creek!

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Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on July 20th, 2022

Thanks! It was great meeting you and I'm glad you enjoyed the peace the redwoods offer :-)

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Hipcamper Kat

Not private.

Kat K.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 19th, 2022

Unfortunately this site is directly next to another so if you want to level your vehicle there is zero privacy! I was very dissapointed because I paid for what I thought was privacy. I don't know who had a generator but it was off and on all night. We got up early and left.

As a mother and daughter traveling alone we didn't like the idea we were "on camera" in our camping spot!Nice table amd chairs but right next to another camper.Multiple places to park next to each other, no privacy.Babbling Bates Creek Tent site 1
Hipcamper Christie
Response from Christie, the Host, on July 20th, 2022

I'm sorry you didn't have an enjoyable stay. The camera is a wildlife camera that deters strangers from going down the trail as neighborhood kiddos and their doggos play at the creek. It's a preventative measure for keeping them safe. I will highlight in the listing that generators aren't allowed. I hope the rest of your travels run smoothly :-)

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Property
Babbling Bates Creek Hipcamp
State
California
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site

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