The 7 Best Places for Beach Camping in Southern California

Camping at Dockweiler State Beach
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If you think beach camping in Southern California is impossible because every inch of the coastline is packed with condos or lined with mansions, you are only partly right. If you know where to look, you can find places to go camping at a Southern California beach, even in the middle of busy Los Angeles.

This guide was designed to help you find a great place to camp next to the ocean in SoCal. And to help you avoid a frustrating camping failure when that campground that sounded just great turns out to be across a busy highway from the ocean. These are the best places to camp at the beach in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego—and they are all located right on the coast, not across the street or a block away.

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Dockweiler State Beach

Dockweiler State Beach

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Los Angeles has only one beach campground, but it's in a most spectacular spot. Dockweiler State Beach is situated just below LAX's takeoff and approach path, between Marina Del Rey and Manhattan Beach. The west-facing beach has a sweeping view of Santa Monica Bay, and it's right on the bike path that runs from Redondo Beach to Santa Monica. The only catch? It's for RVs only.

Address
12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293-8518, USA
Phone +1 424-526-7777
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San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach is known for its scenery and ocean views. The beach is about a mile long, at the foot of a steep bluff. The campground can accommodate campers and trailers up to 30 feet long, with hookups and a dump station.



Address
225 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA
Phone +1 949-492-3156
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Bolsa Chica State Beach

Bolsa Chica State Beach

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Bolsa Chica State Beach is a popular place for surf fishing and has a beautiful shoreline, but only RVs are allowed–no tents. It's also one of the best beaches in Orange County for wildlife watching.

Address
Bolsa Chica State Beach, California, USA
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Chula Vista RV Resort

Chula Vista RV Resort has 237 spaces with full hookups adjacent to a private, 552-slip marina. Amenities include a general store, a ladies' boutique, picnic area, swimming pool and spa, laundry, full restrooms, club rooms, and two full-service restaurants with waterfront dining.

Address
460 Sandpiper Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910-4052, USA
Phone +1 619-422-0111
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Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach

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Doheny State Beach is a big park with a campground on the south side, where some of the campsites are only steps away from the beach. It can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 35 feet long. The only downside at Doheny is that significant events like the Doheny Blues Festival can disrupt camping and vehicle access.

Address
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA 92624, USA
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Silver Strand State Beach

Silver Strand State Beach is on the Coronado Peninsula. It can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 40 feet long. If you have a large vehicle that would block two campsites, they offer an oversized vehicle rate. All RVs must be self-contained. Sites 101 through 137 are immediately next to the beach, but no campsite is more than a few steps away.

Address
5000 CA-75, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Phone +1 619-435-5184
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San Elijo State Beach

San Elijo State Beach

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San Elijo State Beach is between Del Mar and San Elijo north of San Diego, near the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Facilities can accommodate campers up to 35 feet long. Reservations recommended.

Address
San Elijo State Beach, Encinitas, CA 92007, USA
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Where to Go Beach Camping in Southern California