California’s beaches have a heck of a lot of variety, with beaches suited to swimmers, surfers, sunbathers, hikers, hang gliders, horseback riders — and campers. That’s right — even folks who want to pitch a tent can find a place on California’s coast or lakes.
From the foggy northern bluffs to the scorching southern sands, there are beaches across the state where campers pitch their tents closer to the Pacific even the most coastal of Airbnbs will get you — and at a much more stomachable cost. Many of the best sites for beach camping in California are managed by the California State Park service, which means it’s easy to reserve a shorefront spot online. But be warned: sites this epic tend to fill up fast.
If the thought of beach camping in California already has you California dreamin’ about your next camping trip, these are the best campsites to book up and down the Golden State’s 840-mile coast.