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Southern California Beaches
Camping Guide

Directory Of Beach Campgrounds

Use this Southern California beaches camping guide to learn about campground facilities and amenities, so you can decide which would be a good fit for your next trip. Whether you like "roughing" it in a tent or kicking back in a plush RV, there's nothing like sleeping to the sound of the surf.

young happy couple laying in tent looking out at beach and guitarHappy Camping At The Beach

The campgrounds below are listed in order from north to south, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. There are many opportunities for both tent and RV camping at Southern California beaches. Some areas have several campgrounds, so you'll see a link to more info. There you'll find out about amenities, location, and whether they have RV sites, tent camping or both.

Most of the beach campsites in Southern California can be booked on, especially the ones at the state beaches. Other campgrounds have phone numbers you can call to get updated reservation information.

See a map of all these Southern California campgrounds

Santa Barbara Beach Camping

El Capitan State BeachEl Capitan Campground Near Santa Barbara

These are all north of the city of Santa Barbara. All are on the beach except for El Capitan Canyon Resort, which is on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway.

  • Refugio State Beach
  • El Capitan State Beach
  • El Capitan Canyon Resort
  • Gaviota State Park
  • Carpinteria State Beach

See details on Santa Barbara beach campgrounds

Carpinteria State Beach CampgroundCarpinteria Campground Is At The Beach Yet Walking Distance From Town

Ventura Beach Campgrounds

More details on Ventura beach camping

Malibu Campgrounds

  • Leo Carrillo State Park
  • Malibu Beach RV Park
  • Point Mugu State Park--Thornhille Broome, Big Sycamore Canyon, La Jolla Canyon Group Camp
  • Malibu Creek State Park

More details on Malibu beach camping

Playa Del Rey RV Camping At The Beach

  • Dockweiler RV Park
    12001 Vista Del Mar
    Playa Del Rey
    There are 120 sites (most with hookups)

This is the only RV beach campground in Los Angeles County. It's on the beach at Playa del Rey. Dockweiler State Beach is actually operated by L.A. County, so reservations are through them.

Amenities include fire pits, volleyball courts, picnic tables, hot showers, barbecues and a laundromat. The Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail goes through here from Santa Monica down to Redondo Beach.

Activities to enjoy include biking, swimming, volleyball and surf fishing.

Long Beach RV Camping

  • Golden Shore RV Resort
    101 Golden Shore
    Long Beach, California
    80 RV sites (with hookups)

This campground is located on the waterfront in the downtown Long Beach area, making it super convenient to all the local activities and attractions. Just to name a few, there are the Queen Mary, the Pike, the Aquarium and Queens Harbor.

Amenities include a picnic area, a recreation room, spa, swimming pool, horseshoes, shuffle board and a small store.

Catalina Island Tent Camping

  • Hermit Gulch Campground
  • Two Harbors Campground
  • Little Harbor Campground
  • Blackjack Campground
  • Parson's Landing Campground
  • Boat-In Campsites

More on Catalina Island camping 

Huntington Beach Camping

  • Sunset Vista RV Park
  • Huntington By The Sea RV Resort
  • Bolsa Chica State Campground

More on Huntington Beach campgrounds 

Newport Beach Campgrounds

Dana Point Beach Camping

  • Doheny State Beach Campground
    25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
    Dana Point, California

Kayak on the sand at Doheny State BeachThe Beach At Doheny State Beach Near The Campground

From the beach, you can see the boats going in and out of Dana Point Harbor in the distance.  There is a nice grassy picnic area and volleyball courts on the day use side of the beach at the north end.  A lagoon with pelicans and shore birds separates the day use area with the camping beach on the south side.  And, there's plenty of sand to kick back on.

Surfing is allowed at the north end of Doheny Beach.  Surf fishing and swimming are other activity campers can enjoy here.  There is also a bike trail which goes along San Juan Creek.

There are 120 sites for RVs and tents. They also include picnic tables and fire rings.

visitor's center
dump station
comfort station
fire rings

San Clemente Campgrounds

  • San Clemente State Beach
  • San Onofre State Beach -- San Mateo Campground, Bluffs Campground

More on San Clemente beach camping

Oceanside Beach Camping

  • Paradise By The Sea RV Park 
  • Oceanside RV Park

Carlsbad California Beach Camping

  • South Carlsbad State Beach--campsites are on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The beach is below.

Encinitas or Cardiff-By-The-Sea

  • San Elijo State Beach

More details on campgrounds in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Encinitas can be found on our North County San Diego Camping page.

San Diego Beach Camping

  • Campland On The Bay
  • Mission Bay RV Park
  • Chula Vista RV Resort & Marina
  • San Diego Metro KOA
  • San Diego RV Resort
  • Silver Strand State Beach Campground

See our San Diego Campground listings for more details and a map.

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