Surf's up in Huntington Beach—Orange County's most famous Pacific stretch.
There's a reason Huntington Beach has earned the nickname Surf City USA. Camping here is your ticket to Southern California sun, miles of sand, and some of the best surfing in the nation. When you've caught enough waves, explore Huntington Beach Pier, or make use of the volleyball courts and fire rings. (Nothing beats roasting s'mores by the Pacific.) Want to wake up to seagulls and roaring waves? Check out the area's beachfront RV parks. (They book up fast, so act early!) Picnic tables, water hookups, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities add an extra touch of comfort. You find more coastal camping at the nearby state beaches and Orange County state parks. Just up the coast, Bolsa Chica State Beach is a quiet getaway with 3 miles of sandy beach. It's also one of the best spots for newbie surfers to learn the ropes. Pull in at the beach campground (RV camping only), or nab one of 200 first-come, first-served fire rings. Just don't pop open a beer on this beach—alcohol isn't allowed. If tent camping is more your style, drive a few miles down the coast to Crystal Cove State Park. Hike-in campsites give you easy access to sea canyon trails, bluff vistas, and natural tidepools. Walk down to Moro Beach for SUP boarding and kayaking. With its mild climate and urban vibes, Huntington attracts beachgoers year round. As a result, scoring parking spaces and campsites can be tough, especially during the summer. If you don't want to fight the crowds, hit the beach during the winter—just don't forget to pack a wet suit for surfing.