Campground locations and Campsite Reviews for State Beaches

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Carpinteria State Beach Carpinteria, California


Pismo State Beach San Luis Obispo, California


Half Moon Bay State Beach  San Mateo County, California


Seacliff State Beach Aptos, California


Morro Strand State Beach Morro Bay, California


Silver Strand State Beach San Diego, California


San Elijo State Beach Cardiff, California


South Carlsbad State Beach, California


Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, California




Carpinteria State Beach

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Santa Rosa Campground

Santa Rosa Campground

Oil Tankers at Carpinteria State Beach, photo taken by Debi from Fiesta in r Siesta RV

205 Palm Avenue, 

Carpinteria, CA 93013

Ranger ph# (805) 684-2811

Reserve Ca. (800) 444-7275

Website for Reservations

Santa Rosa loop - E/W/S

Beach View sites #358-380

these sites are 24 ft.

Inland Rows #301-308 and  #319-338 are 21 ft.

Long row #339-357 are 30 ft.

Full / Partial / Tents

Dogs - yes on leash 

Fire rings / Picnic tables

Showers / Restrooms

RV sanitation station

4G LTE Verizon

Max 35 ft.

Satellite-Yes

Santa Rosa Campground

Santa Rosa Campground

Santa Rosa Campground

Carpinteria State Beach at the Santa Rosa campground.  Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 We loved camping here and being right on the beach. We learned that the higher in number of site pad, the more level it is. We stayed two nights and our first night was at site #363 which we had to pull out the blocks and level but our second night site #376 we didn't need to.  It's a shame that Santa Rosa loop is the only campground here with a row of beach front sites that max at 24 ft.  There's another campground called San Miguel within the park that offers beach front with their max at 18 ft. I guess that's why booking a reservation at Santa Rosa loop is hard to do. 

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Santa Rosa Campground

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Debi walking to the beach from campsite #380 Carpinteria SB.  Photo taken by Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 The dog rules at this campground and the enforcement of dogs being on a leash is monitored by the camp host, as told to us by our camp neighbors.  They were reprimanded for allowing their well-behaved dog lay outside the camper without a leash during the day. By the way, site pads are pretty close to one another.  We took a nice walk along the beach and  into town for dinner.  We ate at Rincon Brewery and the food was great. 

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Excellent food and drinks in Carpinteria, photo by Debi FiestainrSiestaRV.com
Must try the fish & sweet potato fries at Rincon Brewery.  Fiesta in r Siesta RV
Setting up for the night at Santa Rosa Campground, Carpinteria SB. Fiesta in r Siesta RV

Pismo State Beach

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Oceano Campground

Oceano Campground

Oceano Campground.  Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 555 Pier Avenue 

Oceano, CA 93445

Ranger ph# (805) 473-7220

Reserve CA (800) 444-7275

Website for reservations

No Beach view

First campsite row closes to the beach trail #22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 

Beach trail located near #40

Hook ups -E/W 

Dogs - yes on leash

Showers / Restrooms

RV Sanitation station at North Beach Campground. 

4G /LTE Verizon

Satellite-Yes


Oceano Campground

Oceano Campground

Oceano Campground

Beach trail from Oceano camground at Pismo State Beach. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

  We stayed at site #40 which is closest to the beach trail. You can't see the ocean from any of the sites only hear it. You have to walk a short way up and over through the sand to get there.  We love this campground because there are many things to do.  Recently I started seeing Geocaching listed at some of the campsites we've stayed at including this one. I was curious to know more about it and found out it, it's a treasure hunt using GPS coordinates. Sounds like fun and I will definitely try it next time. 


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Oceano Campground

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Oceano Campground at Pismo State Beach. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

 Some of the campground sites had lots of trees and branches that could possible block a satellite dish.  If your interested in digging for clams at the beach, you can only collect ones in 4 1/2 in. diameter or larger and 10 is the Bring your fishing license because it's required. This campground offers electric and water only. The North Beach campground has an RV dumping station. 

Walking trail at Pismo State Beach

The video shows where the walking trail leads to from the Oceano campground at Pismo State Beach

Oceano campground at Pismo State Beach

This video shows the Oceano campground from the visitor center

Half Moon Bay State Beach

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Francis Beach Campground

Francis Beach Campground

Half Moon Bay entrance sign by Debi Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 95 Kelly Avenue, 

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 

Ranger ph# (605) 726-8820

Reserve CA (800) 444-7275

Website for Reservations

Hook-ups / Electric

Francis campground has some sites with a beach front  and others are shaded with trees or a grassy knoll at #17, 19, 22, 26, 28, 30, 32 & 34. 

Tents/Dispersed camping

Dogs-yes on a leash

Fire rings / Picnic tables

Showers / Restrooms

RV Sanitation station 

4G LTE-Verizon

Satellite - yes

Francis Beach Campground

Francis Beach Campground

Francis Beach Campground

Francis campground at Half Moon Bay State Beach.  Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta

We stayed at site #22 which was level and had great satellite streaming.  At our site #22 we had to walk over the grassy knoll to the beach. Our site also came with a picnic table and outdoor grill.  The Francis campground has 53 campsites but only 40 have electrical hook-ups.  The other sites are for hike and bike campers. We went here in February which was cold and had some rain showers.      

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Francis Beach Campground

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Trying to see the ocean through the clouds at Half Moon Bay Francis campground

The max trailer length at this park is 40 ft.  There is no water or sewer hook-ups but there is a dump and fresh water filling station here.  The main entrance gate will be closed and locked at sunset but the outbound side will be closed and left unlocked for anyone coming and going after hours. 

Seacliff State Beach

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Seacliff campground

Seacliff campground

Photo of Seacliff State Beach taken by Debi from Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 201 State Park drive

Aptos, CA 95003 

Ranger ph# (831) 685-6500

Reserve CA (800) 444-7275

Website for Reservations

Beach Front/View

Sites #2-25, #14-25

the other sites are ADA 

Hook-ups Electric & Dry

Only self-contained RV's are allowed

Electric- max 45 ft. MUST back in

No Electric-max 35 ft. in lot A

No Electric -Max 45 ft. in lot B & C

No RV Sanitation Station

Dogs-Yes on a leash

Fire rings only raised up off the ground

4G LTE-Verizon

Satellite-yes


Seacliff campground

Seacliff campground

Seacliff campground

Walking path behind our RV at Seacliff State Beach.  Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta RV.

 We reserved a beach front site with a view and the only negative thing was the walking path between us and the sand. Otherwise it was perfect.

NON RESERVATION SITES: A limited number of non hookup campsites are sold by lottery each day. Prospective campers must be present with their RVs before noon to sign up for the lottery. Remaining campsites will be first-come, first-served. Non reservation sites do not allow tents.   

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Seacliff campground

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The view from inside our RV at Seacliff State beach.  Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta RV

  There is no fresh water or dumping at this campground so we were told we could use the RV sanitation station at New Brighton State Beach.    There's a visitor center museum, fishing from the pier, the S.S. Palo Alto and Geocatching too!


Morro Strand State Beach

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Morro Strand campground

Morro Strand campground

Sunset at Morro Strand State beach.  Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 Yerba Buena St., off Hwy 1, Morrow Bay, CA 93442

Ranger ph# (805) 772-8812

Reserve CA (800) 444-7275

Website for Reservations

No view with full hook-ups only for tents & dry

Hook-ups- Full /Dry/ Tents

Dogs-yes on a leash

No showers

4G LTE -Verizon

Satellite-yes

Morro Strand campground

Morro Strand campground

Morro Strand campground

campground at Morro Strand State beach. Photo taken by Debi

 At this campground the full hook up sites are farther away from the beach.  The above picture shows where we camped.  For everyone else who is boon-docking or pitching a tent, then you are close to the beach with trails leading out to the sand and some of the sites have actual views of the ocean. There are no showers here, however you can take your receipt from this campground and use the showers at Morrow Bay State Park.   

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Morro Strand campground

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Awesome place to eat or purchase fresh fish. They even deliver! Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 The hook up sites for RV's begin at site pad #81 to #47 which were closer to the highway. We stayed at site pad #65 with hook-ups and It wasn't bad because we had a fan running through the night so the highway noise didn't affect us. Overall this was a great place and close to town. We ate at the pier and had an awesome dinner at Giovanni's. 

Silver Strand State Beach

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Silver Strand campground

Silver Strand campground

Silver Strand Beach in San Diego, California. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

 5000 Highway 75

 Coronado, CA 92118

Ranger ph# (619) 435-5184

Reserve CA (800) 444-7275

Website for Reservations

Electric & Water

Beach front sites #103 -137

the rest of the sites are blocked of ocean view by trailers & RV's

Dogs- yes on leash and they can be walked around the parking lot but not allowed on the beach or bay side park area.

RV Sanitation station $10

Self contained RV's/trailers only, No tents

4G LTE-Verizon

Satellite-yes


Silver Strand campground

Silver Strand campground

Silver Strand campground

Silver Strand State Beach row #419-#429

 We came here in March 2019 and it was pretty much deserted.  There were sand berms blocking the ocean view and we were told they will stay up till May. *Update*  We stayed 1 night here on October 25th 2019 at site #422 and it was packed. We saw on the website that there was 1 spot available at Reserve California but the system doesn't allow same day booking. We took a chance and arrived at 2 pm and was told there was one spot left. Check-in time is at 2 pm and if there's a cancellation they will know by noon. It's recommended to arrive at noon if you see an available spot on the website for same day reservations. 

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Silver Strand campground

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Silver Strand State Beach site 422. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRv.com

 The sites are pretty packed together so towed vehicles had to park across the front of the sites. The gates to this campground closes at 8 pm  so make sure your back before then. Rows from #419-429, #412-418 and #401-409 runs parallel to the hwy and traffic noise is heard. Also, there is beach sand behind these sites making it popular with campers with dogs to poop on. On a positive note we had great cell service and satellite for movies.

San Elijo State Beach

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San Elijo campground

San Elijo campground

Get your work-out in by running up and down the stairs at San Elijo State Beach

 4477 Pacific Highway

San Diego, CA 92110

Ranger Ph# (619) 688-3260

Reserve CA (800) 444-7275

Website for Reservations

Ocean View from the site pads on the Bluffs

with E/W/S are in the 

Southern section 9 total

#11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 23. Sites near stairs leading to the beach are #20 & #21. 

Full Hookups / Dry/ Tents

*Note* RV's and Trailers for non-hook-ups 35 ft. and hook-ups 24 ft. 

Pets- not allowed on beach

Showers / Restrooms / Laundry

Some sites are level

4G LTE- Verizon

Satellite- yes

San Elijo campground

San Elijo campground

San Elijo campground

I found lots of neat rocks at San Elijo State beach. Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta RV

We loved everything about this campground.  Everyone was friendly and the campsites were well maintained. The site pads were roomy here and we could see the ocean from inside and out of our RV. There's a long staircase leading down to the beach and walking back up, you'll sure get your workout . There are rest benches half way up the stairs for anyone needing to stop and rest. 

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San Elijo campground

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San Elijo State Beach campground. Photo by Fiesta in r Siesta RV

 We loved walking along the beach and picking up rocks and watching the surfers surf. The northern section of the campground had a lot of ocean views with out hook-ups. See the note on the details about length requirements.  There are so many things to do here and looking forward to our next visit.

South Carlsbad State Beach site 218

Great view of the ocean from our campsite 218.

South Carlsbad State Beach

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Southern Section

Southern Section

South Carlsbad State Beach site 218 with hook ups.  Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

 7201 Carlsbad Blvd. 

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Ranger Ph# (760) 438-3143

Reserve CA (800) 444-7275

Website for Reservations

*Note* Ocean view sites are situated on the bluffs and you have to take stairs down to the beach. 

Ocean View sites w/ double space Full hook-ups at South end #215-223 

1 single space hook-up #214

rest are Ocean front views w/ no hook-ups staring at site #213-156

Pets not allowed on beach

Showers/ Restrooms

 4G LTE- Verizon

Satellite- yes


Southern Section

Southern Section

Southern Section

Great view from South Carlsbad SB site 218 with full hook-ups. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

This was an excellent place to stay with double space sites and full hook-ups!  Our site was #218 then #220. Dean was able to turn our 24 ft. RV  across the site space to give us ocean views from the bedroom and kitchen windows. It helped a lot to keep our privacy from the road of campers entering and we put a table with chairs outside in front of us to watch the sunset. Even though these sites are spacious, only some have bushes divided between them for total privacy between the camping neighbors. 

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Southern Section

Boon-docking / Dry Camp

Over looking the fence at campsite 218 at South Carlsbad State Beach. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

The only negative thing is, dogs aren't allowed on the beach and you have to do the stingray shuffle while entering the water. While staying here, someone got stung by one and I hear that the sting is worse than a wasp sting. Yikes!

Boon-docking / Dry Camp

Boon-docking / Dry Camp

Boon-docking / Dry Camp

All sites are spacious at S. Carlsbad SB. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

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Boon-docking / Dry Camp

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Boon-docking at S. Carlsbad SB. Photo by Debi at FiestainrSiestaRV.com

We stayed at site #206 to boon-dock because every other site was booked up. We had the site right next to the stairs leading to the beach and there is heavy traffic of people going up and down them. No privacy what-so-ever but at sunset the people traffic was minimal.

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Boon-docking / Dry Camp

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Boon docking at site 206 S. Carlsbad SB. Southern section. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

Our stay here boon-docking was 10/27/19 when the fires were rampant in Sonoma County and we needed time to find an alternative route making our way back home.

Bolsa Chica State Beach, California

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Bolsa Chica Campground

Bolsa Chica Campground

Sunset at Bolsa Chica State Beach at beach front site BO15 30 ft. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

17851 Pacific Coast HWY

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Ranger Ph# 714-846-3460

 Reserve CA (800) 444-7275 

Website for Reservations 

Beach front sites with ocean view Site# 1, 55, 57 are ADA,  Sites# 3, 9, 11, 17, 19, 25, 27, 31, 37, 39, 45, 47, 53 are 50 ft. in length. Beach front sites with ocean view  #5, 13, 15, 21, 23, 33, 35, 41, 43, 49, 51 are 30 ft. in length.

Hook-ups E/W for self contained RV's and Trailers 

RV sanitation dump station

Dogs- yes on leash at campsite and walkway

Entrance gate closes 9 pm

No parallel parking in campsite with any vehicle and must stay behind the lines

No dogs on beach

No drones

No generators 

No Tent camping

 4G LTE- Verizon

Satellite- yes


Bolsa Chica Campground

Bolsa Chica Campground

Bolsa Chica Campground

Bolsa Chica S.B. walkway between RV campground and beach. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

The campground sites are very close to each other which is why they don't allow any part of your trailer or RV to cross any section of the campsite lines. This includes hanging over the walking path between you and the beach. We were told that if our towed in vehicle doesn't fit within the lines, we would have to park it in the parking lot on the other side of the campground. We stayed at site# 15 which is 30 ft. in length and luckily our RV is 24 ft. and our little towed in fit too. The camp host monitors the entrance into the campground with traffic cones allowing those with passes to enter. He provides a run down on the rules and restrictions within the campground. 

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Bolsa Chica Campground

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View of Bolsa Chica State Beach RV dump station parking lot. Photo by FiestainrSiestaRV.com

On the night we stayed here, we planned on meeting up with an old buddy and asked where he could park. We were told there would be a $10 entrance fee regardless how long his visit was. The front kiosk did let us know about free parking down the road on Werner street next to Jack n the box. The road you take runs parallel to State Park Frontage Road and your still inside the park. After our visit I drove him back around 9 pm and the camp host was still vigilant sitting outside with his orange cones. LOL.