California's Best Ocean-Front Campgrounds Index

Carpinteria Beach

California's Best Ocean-Front Campgrounds

Campgrounds listed in this index have ocean-front sites or campsites which overlook the ocean. Campgrounds are shown by county, listed from south to north. Campgrounds that are inland, without views of the ocean, are not included here.

Even campgrounds that rank green triangles can offer wonderful camping experiences. Especially people with RVs may well find our recommended green triangle campgrounds as scenic and enjoyable as any along the coast.

More information about any of these beaches, including recreation opportunities, lodging, and detailed maps, see California's Best Beaches.

San Luis Obispo County

Morro Strand State Beach,  CA
  • Morro Strand State Beach Campground - campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents along the edge of the sand with views of the ocean and Morro Rock. Some sites have full hook-ups.

Monterey County

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park,  CA

Santa Cruz County

New Brighton State Beach  campground, CA

Sonoma County

Sonoma Coast State Park, CA

Mendocino County

Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Enderts Beach at Nickel Creek, CA
  • Agate Campground - Patrick's Point State Park, premium campsites with partial ocean views, close to Agate Beach trail.
  • Big Lagoon County Park - campsites among the trees with views of the Pacific and Big Lagoon
  • Gold Bluffs Beach Campground - Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, tent-only campsites along the edge of the beach.
  • Nickel Creek Campground - Redwood National Park, walk-in tent sites next to Enderts Beach. Ocean views limited from campground.

San Diego County

South Carlsbad campground, CA

Orange County

San Clemente Beach, CA

Los Angeles County

Ventura County

Emma Wood Beach, CA
  • McGrath State Beach - flooding problems have kept McGrath State Beach's campground closed.
  • Emma Wood State Beach - located near Ventura. North Beach Campground has beach-front sites for self-contained RVs or trailers only.
  • Faria Beach Park - located 7 miles north of Ventura, beach-front sites
  • Rincon Parkway Campground - although not one of our featured campgrounds, Rincon has 127 RV or trailer parking spaces along the road next to the beach, between Faria and Hobson beaches.
  • Hobson Beach Park - located 10 miles north of Ventura, beach-front sites

Santa Barbara County

El Capitan Beach, CA
  • Carpinteria State Beach - very popular beach-front camping south of Santa Barbara
  • El Capitan State Beach - located 20 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara. Very popular campground on bluffs overlooking ocean, most campsites do not have ocean views. Sites #84, 85, 105, 107, and 108 have the best ocean views.
  • Refugio State Beach - located 17 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara. Beach-level campsites close to the sand.
  • Gaviota State Park - located 33 miles north of Santa Barbara, can be very windy and somewhat inland campsites have limited ocean view
  • Jalama Beach County Park - one hour drive north of Santa Barbara, many beach-front campsites

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