Beach camping in California

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Beach camping in California guide

Overview

With more than 800 miles of coast, choosing a beach in California is no easy feat. Pitching a tent on the sand is not legal, but there are many campsites (usually at state parks and beaches), RV parks, and glampsites off Highway 1 that offer either beach camping or coastal perches with sweeping Pacific Ocean views. In Northern California, north of Mendocino, the rugged Lost Coast is a backpacker’s off-the-grid dream, while Bodega Bay offers wild scenery and whale-watching. South of San Francisco, the Central Coast shows off its diverse beauty, from Santa Cruz’s surf and beach boardwalk to Monterey’s marine life and golf courses to Big Sur’s combination of dramatic bluffs and sandy beaches next to coastal Redwood forests. In Ventura, you can hop on a boat to Channel Islands National Park to find a remote beach campground, or enjoy the vibes of Southern California at San Onofre State Beach between LA and San Diego.

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