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Old 05-01-2016, 11:09 PM   #1
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Question California Coast above Santa Barbara

Starting in SW Colorado we are planning a trip to Joshua Tree, then bypass LA somehow (any good routes?) and end up on the coast. Looking for a good State Park/National Forrest, etc with full hook up with easy beach access that takes reservations to sit for a week. Wife is slightly disabled and cant hike very far. Towns with good fishing charters nearby would be a plus. So looking for a good spot to sit for a week above Santa Barbara and below Monterey. Trip would start second week of June. We are not big RV park folks and like to find the out of the way or less traveled spots if they exist. I have a 28' 5er with dually pickup - 50' or so total length

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Motto Bay has a nice state park but better reserve early.
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Motto Bay has a nice state park but better reserve early.
Make that Morro Bay.

There are also several non-state park private RV parks around the areas between Pismo Beach (referred to as the 5-cities area, includes 5 small towns all near Pismo) and north up to Paso Robles or along the coast to Cambria.

Morro Bay has the fishing charter boat trips. Hearst Castle is just above Cambria, might be a nice diversion for a day. Make reservations in advance, your wife should be able to handle the walking.
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Try RV Parky | RV Parks & Campgrounds Directory, Reviews, Photos It will give you every RV park in the area.
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If you are leaving JTNP out the northern entrance that takes you to the 62, then take the 62 west to the 247 to the 15. Take the 15N to Barstow and then the 58 west towards Bakersfield, continue it the 5N to the 46. The 46 will take you to the coast and drop you just south of Cambria.

If you are leaving JTNP from the south entrance that takes you to the 10, then take the 10 west to the 210 west to the 215 north to the 15 north to the 138 west to the 5 north, to the 46 etc. again takes you just south of Cambria. We take this route around 4 times a year, simply to avoid LA traffic.

If you want to land on the coast further south, in Ventura for example, then from the 138 west take the 14 south to the 5 to the 126 west and it will drop you in Ventura.

Hook-ups in State parks are rare on the SoCal and central coast as are reservations. I agree with previous posts that recommend using RV parky to find a place and call ASAP, to get a spot. Good luck and have a great trip.
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Don't let LA frighten you! I love driving LA freeways whether in a car or in an RV. Hit it at midmorning, and you won't get stuck. Actually, LA drivers will give you the respect in a large vehicle that they normally would not in a car. And there is nothing more spectacular than coming from under that curving underpass to see the Pacific Ocean where Interstate 10 - The Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway - meets Highway 1 in Santa Monica. Highway 1 between Santa Monica and Oxnard is at its most accessible, with mostly four to six lanes, and with plenty of room to pull over and park. The Malibu Beach RV Resort, despite the crazy management, is probably the nicest full service place South of Monterrey.

But to answer your question, the town of Avila Beach would be a good choice. It has hook up sites right along the pier. You can literally walk to your charter and the town. Pismo Beach has quite a few places and charters, but it's congested and the sites are tight.

If you can forego the hookups, right in the middle of the Big Sur coast on Highway 1, between Monterrey and Cambria, is the Forest Service's Kirk Creek campground. I don't like to tell people about this place because I am selfish, but what a place to spend a week doing absolutely nothing. In fact, we spent the last two weeks there just looking at the ocean and observing nature where the Ventana Wilderness meets the sea: whales, sea otters, condors, waves, green mountains, elephant seals. We even saw a cougar on Nacimiento Road, over the mountain. The nearest dump is about 50 miles north or south, but if you ask nicely, the forest service will let you fill your tank with water at their station 7 miles south.

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Starting in SW Colorado we are planning a trip to Joshua Tree, then bypass LA somehow (any good routes?) and end up on the coast. Looking for a good State Park/National Forrest, etc with full hook up with easy beach access that takes reservations to sit for a week. Wife is slightly disabled and cant hike very far. Towns with good fishing charters nearby would be a plus. So looking for a good spot to sit for a week above Santa Barbara and below Monterey. Trip would start second week of June. We are not big RV park folks and like to find the out of the way or less traveled spots if they exist. I have a 28' 5er with dually pickup - 50' or so total length

Thanks for any help.
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Thanks folks.
Try as I might I cant find a spot in the parks for my RV - everything is booked solid with waiting lists. I forgot that school is out then as I was reminded several times. Ill plan earlier next year.

For now we will do a 180 and head to the gulf coast near Galveston and do a bit of gulf fishing. Found a great county park on the beach; Quintana Beach County Park.

Along the way we will do the back roads of Texas

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Did you try Ocean Mesa? It's near El Capitan in the Santa Barbara area.
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