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Old 09-12-2017, 12:38 AM   #1
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Question best coastal campgrounds between LA and San Fran?

Hi all

What are the best coastal campgrounds between LA and San Fran?

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anything good near

Pismo Beach?

Avila Beach ?

Montaņa de Oro State Park?

Estero Bay?

Harmony Headlands State Park?

thanks

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Old 09-12-2017, 07:45 AM   #2
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Hi all

What are the best coastal campgrounds between LA and San Fran?

and

anything good near

Pismo Beach?

Avila Beach ?

Montaņa de Oro State Park?

Estero Bay?

Harmony Headlands State Park?

thanks

john
Hello,
These are old stomping grounds, lived in this area for 12 years and camped there for 6 years before that.

Pismo Beach (both private and public) has lots of camping although it fills up quickly in the summer. There is Pismo State Beach - North Beach, big open sites that back up to the dunes and easy access to the beach. Water and showers are available but no hook-ups at the sites. There is a boardwalk that takes you right into town. We have camped here many times and like the large sites. This also backs up to the Monarch Grove.

There are a few private sites in Pismo that offer full hook-ups, laundry, and a pool. One is right next to the State Park and one is across the street. Of course they cost much more but offer more amenities. The sites are CLOSE together.

Pismo Beach is fun, nice wide beach, a large fishing pier, shops, restaurants, bowling alley and a great family pool hall. You can even drive your car and ATV's on the beach if you go in the Oceano Beach entrance and head south.

Another nice campground is Montano de Ora, it sits high above the bluffs and has a nice hiking trail. We have camped there and really like it -- I don't think it has hook-ups. Pit toilets and a large racoon population. Good tide pools.

Morro Bay Strand State Beach is a large parking lot with bathroom and I think shower facilities, no hook-ups. It sits right next to the beach and has some shrubbery but is not shaded. We have camped here many times with the kids and enjoyed it. It is at the north end of Morro Bay.

A little further north is San Simeon State Park. It is across highway 1 from the beach, there is an underpass you can walk under to get to the beach. There are bathrooms with showers but I believe no hook-ups. We have camped here and it is nice and quiet, some spots have shade. You are close to Hearst Castle and the elephant seals. Also Cambria is not too far away with shops, antique shops and restaurants.

Hope this helps.
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Hi all

What are the best coastal campgrounds between LA and San Fran?

and

anything good near

Pismo Beach?

Avila Beach ?

Montaņa de Oro State Park?

Estero Bay?

Harmony Headlands State Park?

thanks

john
Forgot to mention that Avila only has a couple of spots next to the marina off the side of the road -- very expensive!

Another spot just north of Santa Barbara is Refugio State Beach -- nice stop off when traveling north.
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Kirk Creek Campground is a great place which fills REAL fast. Some sites are right on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Just a few miles south and on the other side of HWY1 is Plasket Cr Campground (no real views of the ocean buy easy access if I remember correctly). Neither are easy to get to due to the road closures on HWY1.

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Kirk creek campground is cool.. pick the sites closest to the cliff.. Further north Sunset beach SP is good too, but if you go on a weekday you will hear the farm machines ..

both filled really quick..
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We've stayed at the Refugio State Beach and Morro Bay State Park campgrounds.

Refugio was right on the beach - sort of a landscaped parking lot, but nice enough.

Morro Bay State Park was very nice - it even has it's own Monarch butterfly grove right in the campground. Nice little marina and cafe across the street, and a nice walking route to the touristy part of town along the beach and through some parklands and residential neighborhoods. Stumbled into some real good live music with BanjerDan (Banjo Dan) at one of the outdoor seafood restaurants (Tagazzinni's Dockside Too Restaurant and Fish Market), and found out about the live music at the Last Stage West BBQ (LAST STAGE WEST), east of Morro Bay on Highway 41 - great local live music and ribs, highly recommended. We drove by the Morro Strand State Beach campground north of town, and while it's right on the beach it was pretty much just a bare paved parking lot, so we ended up at Morro Bay State Park.
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Kirk creek campground is cool.. pick the sites closest to the cliff.. Further north Sunset beach SP is good too, but if you go on a weekday you will hear the farm machines ..

both filled really quick..
thanks much - we stayed at Kirk Creek a while back... it was nice, but we are hoping for something a ways south of that.....

I guess i should have specified that...

a good site for folks to know about, for sure.



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We've stayed at the Refugio State Beach and Morro Bay State Park campgrounds.

Refugio was right on the beach - sort of a landscaped parking lot, but nice enough.

Morro Bay State Park was very nice - it even has it's own Monarch butterfly grove right in the campground. Nice little marina and cafe across the street, and a nice walking route to the touristy part of town along the beach and through some parklands and residential neighborhoods. Stumbled into some real good live music with BanjerDan (Banjo Dan) at one of the outdoor seafood restaurants (Tagazzinni's Dockside Too Restaurant and Fish Market), and found out about the live music at the Last Stage West BBQ (LAST STAGE WEST), east of Morro Bay on Highway 41 - great local live music and ribs, highly recommended. We drove by the Morro Strand State Beach campground north of town, and while it's right on the beach it was pretty much just a bare paved parking lot, so we ended up at Morro Bay State Park.
Morro Bay State Park sounds pretty great!

I'll check it out - thanks.
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Morro Bay State Park sounds pretty great!

I'll check it out - thanks.
I think that Morro Bay State park has been recently closed -- you should check their website or call. It really is in a nice location.
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