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Old 09-08-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Wheres the best place to camp for ocean views in california

I've camped a throne hill Broome beach very nice and primitive... Just the way I like it... Is there some gem in the rough some where along the California coast where beach camping is possible? Off the beaten path? Thanks in advance for any advice....
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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What are you camping in? Places like Pismo Beach I believe allow dry camping right on the beach but I sure wouldn't want to take a 40 DP out on the sand.

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The only place I know of that allows you on the beach is Pismo Beach. Emma Wood CG in Ventura is right ON the water, you are about 20 ft from the water. Mostly rocky but some sandy beach, definitely primitive, no facilities at all.
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San Simeon State Park has beach access. Carlsbad, encinitas have campgrounds on the beach. Up around Mendicino there are some.
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What are you camping in? Places like Pismo Beach I believe allow dry camping right on the beach but I sure wouldn't want to take a 40 DP out on the sand.

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I have a 25 foot travel trailer, pulled by a ford 4x4 excursion is a rig like this capable of getting out on the sand?
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Our favorite is Ricon Parkway. Ventura County Park. You dry camp along the old highway. Looking right at the Ocean. climb down to the beach, can walk the beach or run the dog. Great place. First come first serve. Best to arrive about 10 AM when others leave. About 200 spots marked off for camping. South of Santa Barbara about 20 miles.
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I have a 25 foot travel trailer, pulled by a ford 4x4 excursion is a rig like this capable of getting out on the sand?
I'll leave this to others with more experience in that area, Max. I got my Explorer 4x4 toad stuck in the sand in the Outer Banks... and wasn't even towing anything.

I know that folks with toy haulers head out on the beach at Pismo but....

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One of the keys to running on the sand is to lower your tire pressure.
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We have camped for years at South Carlsbad State Beach, about 30' above beach but you are right at the edge of the cliff when you get 'beach front sites'. Stairs go down all thru the camp to get to the beach. If near San Diego we have camped at Silver Strand State Beach, which is just a parking lot for RV's but you are right at beach level. Front row you are right at the sand. Both of these are crowded in summer but easier to get in winter. Reserve America handles the reservations which you make 6 months in advance to the day.
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Piemonte beach has several RV Parks which are literally steps from the beach & you don't have to risk getting your rig stuck
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Piemonte beach has several RV Parks which are literally steps from the beach & you don't have to risk getting your rig stuck in the sand.
Sorry...finger hit the wrong button.

In addition, Dockweiller in Los Angeles is right on Manhattan beach & the Malibu RV Park is just across the highway from the beach.....bring your wallet for either of these two Parks!
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Northern / Central CA - Half Moon Bay, Moss Landing, and a few state campgrounds in Santa Cruz county not right on the beach but close.
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There's a KOA about ten miles north of Fort Bragg that has spots right above the tide line.
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Refugio, just north of Santa Barbera is a nice spot. The following web site will give you all the information, including a campground map.



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