A bit of history: “Tyron’s Camp” (a café, auto camp, and tent campground) opened during the 1920s along the beach and inland at Moro Canyon. In the late 1950s, the complex evolved into a seasonal trailer destination known as “El Morro Beach Trailer Park.” Later, about 300 permanent manufactured homes replaced seasonal beach trailers in this area. After tenants’ leases expired in 2005, the trailers were removed to develop the Moro Campground and day-use facility.

Moro Campground has 57 coastal terrace sites for both tents and RVs. It’s located along some bluffs right next to the Moro Canyon and Moro Creek, providing plenty of nearby recreation. There’s also a ton of parking, which is ever so convenient, and this huge campground is split into three loops with about 20 sites each: Coyote Run, Sage Loop, and Dolphin Circle. Each have restrooms, coin showers and several accessible sites.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
57 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Biking in Crystal Cove, also known as El Moro Canyon, is an adventure AND a bit of a workout. Most trails are open to biking of...Read more


Fishing boats and kayaks are welcome here. Motor boats, not so much. See the respective sections for more information!


You can do some surf fishing at the beach and around the Laguna Beach area, but you can’t take your catch home with you! If you...Read more


There are many trails that vary in length and difficulty, but they all offer a healthy workout challenge for sure. There are th...Read more

Horseback riding

Horses can explore to their hearts’ content on all backcountry trails. That means thousands of acres and tens of miles to trot ...Read more


Word on the street is that Crystal Cove is a kayaking hotspot. Launch your kayak between Moro Cove and Muddy Creek, or south fr...Read more


Crystal Cove is a popular surf spot. Rolling waves and beautiful ocean waters make it really quite dreamy. Check out surf repor...Read more


Swimming, surfing and kayaking are all in separate sections of the beach, so make sure you check with the park to see if you’re...Read more

Wildlife watching

Fun fact: this is one of the best places to go wildlife watching in the Los Angeles area! Purple shore crabs, sea hares and sea...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Moro Campground.

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Hipcamper Adam
Adam G.
recommends this listing.
November 1st, 2018

No fires allowed. Bring a camp stove with you!

Hipcamper Jaco
Jaco C.
recommends this listing.
October 20th, 2018

All pretty self explanatory

Hipcamper Christine Lee
Christine Lee S.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2018

Spent a last minute September weekend here and it was just what we needed. Quiet, peaceful, with a beautiful view. The facilities were well maintained, with hot showers and separate bathrooms. I can't wait to go back!

Hipcamper Felicia
Felicia W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 25th, 2018

This was our first tent camping experience as a family. We went for one night in August 2017. It was so beautiful and the view of the ocean from our tent was magical. The facilities were clean and close by. We enjoyed walking along the bluff trail in the evening, and going to the beach during the day. The only negative was that around 11pm, a group pulled into the site next to us and proceeded to celebrate a birthday until 3-4am. We asked them to lower their voices, but I think the sites are so close that it still made it difficult for me to sleep. Next time, if this were to happen, I'd seek out the camp host to help enforce quiet hours.

Hipcamper Siena
Siena L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 13th, 2017

I really loved camping here! Not only are there amazing views of the ocean, but you have a nice walk down to the beach and there are also great hiking and biking trails for miles around the campground. I would highly recommend staying here, but just make sure you get a camp spot in Dolphin Circle (in the 50s) so that you have a better view of the ocean!

Hipcamper Madison
Madison D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 8th, 2017

This was a great campground. The stadium layout provide amazing views for each spacious site. The overgrown shrubs gave each site a private feel. Bathrooms were well maintained and the camp hosts were very helpful.

Pros: Beautiful, quiet and a close walk to what felt like a private beach.

Cons: we had plans to ride our bikes since we were car camping but the PCH made access via bike very difficult and not safe while pulling our Burley. There were also lots of ants.

Hipcamper Ali
Ali H.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2017

A little hideaway from busy Pacific Coast Highway, so many trails that you can explore in the hills or go to the beach and hang out.
Not many people know about the cute vintage crystal cove beach cottages or the restaurant/bar (The beachcomber) that is hidden below PCH on the sand, but it is definitely worth the sunset views!

Hipcamper Susan
Susan S.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2017

The cleanest campground I've ever been to. Easy access for RVs. Large sites with privacy. Tiered design means that every site has an ocean view. About a 10 minute walk to the beach.

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 15th, 2017

Great views of the ocean. You are close to other campers but there are large bushes in between the sites that will hide you from view. Didn't ever feel crowded. Bathrooms were clean and close to all the sites. Short walk to the beach and great spot to view the sunset! Will definitely come back!

Crystal Cove State Park
United States
Phone Number
(949) 494-3539
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33.564° N, 117.821° W
Unknown price
RV / Trailer: 27 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 30 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)