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Old 05-20-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Southern California Camping ... Ideas?

We have camped all over Northern California and just completed a cross country trip from California to Key West. We are relocating to the Santa Barbara area and would like any ideas for weekend trips in SoCal. Any good beach spots?
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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Doheny state beach.... Very hard to get a spot!
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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Doheny state beach.... Very hard to get a spot!
Dohney SB has spots right on the beach but this CG is packed full especially during peak periods. Sites are small and close to together but a great place for kids.

SoCal beach campgrounds are mostly on bluffs and without hookups. There are some CGs like Dohney that are on the beach. Most sites are real close together. Check ReserveAmerica for campgrounds information.

El Capitan SB (North of Santa Barbara) The beach is only a few minutes walk from campsite. I love this place and going back in mid June.

Silver Strand SB

San Elijo SB - Hookups at selected sites.

Bolsa Chico SB

South Carlsbad SB -Bluffs - limited sites have full hookups pending.

San Clemente SB -Bluffs - selected sites with full hookups & some sites have partial ocean view.

Crystal Cove Moro - newer park - no shade. Selected sites have W & E - dump station.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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Just got from San Clemente State Beach. Highly recommended. Full hookup.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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El Capitan SB. Good sites great location. 1/2 hour from SB
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:21 PM   #6
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As much as I love full hookups at San Clemente SB right now I'm at El Capitan SB and loving it! I selected the RV sites that used to be the over flow parking. No table or fire pit but you can bring your own. ReserveAmercia lists the sites as pull throughs but are parell parking sites. I'm in site #124 which has the ocean view. Good amount of open space between the site and the bike trail. Due to being originailly overflow parking these sites are paved.

Down side is on going construction in area - building restrooms and showers. Noise level is not bad at all - less than most neighbors.

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Old 06-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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Emma wood state beach

Emma wood state beach just north of ventura.. No hook ups. not too bad
right on beach.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:16 AM   #8
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Sweetwater County Campground San Diego. Partial hookups, good price, great views especially along western edge of camp.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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Just got back from Crystal Cove Moro in Laguna Beach and I can't wait to go back again.

Pros:
Each section is tier level which provide a view of the ocean & sites are good size - some bigger than others especially end caps sites. This is a pretty new campground so the bathrooms & showers are nice to use. Water & electric available at selected sites, 3 dump stations close to exit. Beach is nice with soft sand, not rocky like some of our beaches. Sites are clearly marked with rope. Due to tier levels people do not take short cuts through your site. Fireworks are visible from your campsite on the 4th of July.

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Price is not cheap. No sewer hook up. Steep hill to beach - recommend driving unless you are a kid. No wood fire allowed. Gate closed/locked at 10pm. Check-in is 3pm but check-out is 1pm.

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I'm going back in February.
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Just got back from Crystal Cove Moro in Laguna Beach and I can't wait to go back again.

Pros:
Each section is tier level which provide a view of the ocean & sites are good size - some bigger than others especially end caps sites. This is a pretty new campground so the bathrooms & showers are nice to use. Water & electric available at selected sites, 3 dump stations close to exit. Beach is nice with soft sand, not rocky like some of our beaches. Sites are clearly marked with rope. Due to tier levels people do not take short cuts through your site. Fireworks are visible from your campsite on the 4th of July.

Cons:
Price is not cheap. No sewer hook up. Steep hill to beach - recommend driving unless you are a kid. No wood fire allowed. Gate closed/locked at 10pm. Check-in is 3pm but check-out is 1pm.

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I'm going back in February.
How many nights did you stay there?
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