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Best Beach Camping in California

Vineetha Rao Suravajjala
Miles of blue waters, bordered with beautiful beaches, California offers some of the best beach campsites to indulge in!
No other campground is as versatile, quite like beaches! From a romantic getaway to a super fun family vacation, these beaches in California are among the best to camp at!

Bodega Bay

In Sonoma county, the Doran beach on the Bodega Bay has emerged as a popular option for beach camping in the recent past. The best thing about this campsite? It is pet-friendly!

Half Moon Bay

A few hours south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay has some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean, that are right out of postcards! Pro-tip: head to Francis Beach, a great place to go beach walking!

Goleta, Santa Barbara

With big beaches that are perfect for camping, Goleta is ranked quite high on the list of favourite campsites for travellers. These clean beaches also offer spectacular views of both the ocean and the even the Channel Islands.


Just south of Santa Barbara, Lompoc is a great place for serious campers and their RVs. This hidden treasure of a beach has everything you could want, clean sands, great campsites and best of all, the quiet you were looking for all along!

Catalina Island

Off of the coast of LA, Catalina Island with both boat-in camps and primitive campsites is truly the best way to experience the adventure of camping. Pro-tip:if you go boat-in camping, carry potable water!


A short ride from Santa Cruz, Watsonville is a great place for families with kids, being far enough to enjoy the bounty of nature, yet come enough to stores and shops for necessities.

Capitola California

With cliffs on one side and wast distances of water on the other, Capitola, known for its inviting campsites is also quite close to Santa Cruz. Pro-tip: These campsites get book up very quickly, make sure you check will in advance.
The best time to visit California to hit these beaches is between May and October, for the temperatures and weather!
Pack up that camping gear and those sleeping bags already!