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Old 09-07-2016, 12:40 AM   #1
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Question Beach, Ocean Close, Where, So CA.

Wife has declared that in 2017 she would like to take our RV to the beach, stay a month just chilling and be close to the beach/water!

Is there such a place in Southern California?

Recommendations appreciated.

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Old 09-11-2016, 03:07 PM   #2
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Not many campgrounds on the beach in Southern California.
I have a few places I do go but a few you must be military related.

Chula Vista Campground in San Diego is very close to the water.
It is a nice location to the beach and food.
A little pricey but it is gated and well managed with limits on rv age etc.
$75 and up.
Chula Vista RV Park & Resort in San Diego, CA | RV Camping


Our next one is Pacific Coast Village - Pismo Beach in Santa Barbara.
Pricey at $49 - $66 but is worth it for the location and the shade within the park. You have a short walk over a dune to the water.
http://www.pismocoastvillage.com/rates.html

Military Active or Retired
My next one is Del Mar beach on Camp Pendleton.
This is a $40-$50 a night location but like I said you must have some sort of military ID to use this location.
Del Mar Beach Resort — MCCS Camp Pendleton

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Fiddlers Cove on Coronado Naval Base, San Diego, CA
Military Navy RV Parks, Cottages, Cabins & Vacation Rentals - Navy Getaways

Those are campgrounds I have stayed at many times and will go back again.

Hope this helps and generated more campgrounds that I would enjoy.
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Old 09-11-2016, 04:00 PM   #3
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Faria Beach Park on the Pacific Coast Highway. This is just north of Ventura. I have not been there since the 60's when it was $1 a week. My mother camped there since 1922. Here is the link with pictures:

County of Ventura - Faria Beach Park

I did notice it has a 14 day maximum which is only fair. They may wave that in the cooler months?????
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Don't know of any public beach campground that will allow a month stay.
You need a private park for that long of a stay and I don't know of any that are on the beach.
I do know of one in Northern California.
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Faria Beach Park on the Pacific Coast Highway. This is just north of Ventura. I have not been there since the 60's when it was $1 a week. My mother camped there since 1922. Here is the link with pictures:

County of Ventura - Faria Beach Park

I did notice it has a 14 day maximum which is only fair. They may wave that in the cooler months?????
Thanks GL1800Rider
Faria Beach Park looks interesting for an over night stop.
I have driven by it many times but with the information I have now it would be nice and watch the sunset for one night on the side of the road.
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Don't know of any public beach campground that will allow a month stay.
You need a private park for that long of a stay and I don't know of any that are on the beach.
I do know of one in Northern California.
OK I want to know your pick for campground in Northern California on the beach.
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OK I want to know your pick for campground in Northern California on the beach.
Carpenteria SB, Morro Strand SB, Emma Wood SB, Seacliff SB and Westport Beach RV park.
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Carpenteria SB, Morro Strand SB, Emma Wood SB, Seacliff SB and Westport Beach RV park.
Thank you for the list.
These are all first come first serve with no hookups I guessing
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Silver Strand is right on the beach. (Just south of San Diego on Coronado island) You must be fully self contained, they lock the gates at night.
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Thank you for the list.
These are all first come first serve with no hookups I guessing
If you want hookups, that cuts the list down.
But all take reservations.
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How about Huntington or Bolsa Chica? They are tiger parks, but on the beach. We used to live down that way, but that was before the RV bug hit us...but there was that one week-end in Dana Point in 1982 in my '67 VW Westy...
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Mission Bay RV Resort RV Park Campground San Diego, California

Mission Bay RV Resort in San Diego has full hook up, allows month's stay, and is located in a quiet corner of a very popular area.
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Mission Bay RV Resort RV Park Campground San Diego, California

Mission Bay RV Resort in San Diego has full hook up, allows month's stay, and is located in a quiet corner of a very popular area.
I think the OP wants sites on or next to the beach.
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I think the OP wants sites on or next to the beach.

I see.

The only place I've camped in San Diego where you truly step out RV onto beach/sand is Silver Strand SP in Coronado. I don't know if it allows month long stay. But what I don't like about being so close to beach is the sand blown to your RV in the wind. We camped once at South Carlsbad SB, and had to pack up and leave at midnight when the gust wind was so strong that I was afraid the wind or sand would damage my RV. It is generally much more peaceful on the bay side.
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I lived in huntington beach for a long time. try bolsa chica state beach. they have an area for rv's, though it looks like dry camping. same situation with dockweiler state beach just south of marina del rey. I also think there is a state beach near camp Pendleton just south of san clemete, but i'm not sure about this.
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I also think there is a state beach near camp Pendleton just south of san clemete, but i'm not sure about this.
That state beach's campsites are on cliffs, way above the beach, not on the beach.
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I lived in huntington beach for a long time. try bolsa chica state beach. they have an area for rv's, though it looks like dry camping. same situation with dockweiler state beach just south of marina del rey. I also think there is a state beach near camp Pendleton just south of san clemete, but i'm not sure about this.
Sounds like it might be San Onofre. It's a state park campground a few miles south of San Clemente. Not too far from the beach but you will need to drive to it.

Just a heads up that during peak periods camping is limited to one week at some CA state campgrounds.

How able Leo Carrillo state beach? It doesn't have the ocean view but it is a short walk from campsite to the beach. Dohney state beach is directly on the beach but it doesn't have any hookups. I like El Capitan state beach but it's dry camping too. Many of sites are easily walkable to the beach. I also like Crystal Cove Moro but its on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Great views but the walk down the hill is a killer especially if you try to walk back up to camp. Crystal Cove Moro price is a bit higher that other CA state beach campgrounds.
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As others have said, your main problem will be finding a spot you can stay in for a month. I believe maximum is 14 days, and during summer months unless you are sitting on your computer at 8 am logged in and ready to make a reservation, 6 months in advance of when you want to go, forget getting a site in any of the state beach campgrounds.

But, assuming those are not issues, in So. CA for on the beach camping, best state beach campgrounds are Bolsa Chica and Doheney. Bolsa Chica is basically a parking lot, but right on the beach with only a narrow bike path separating you from the sand. It has water and electricity hook up, with a dump station in very close by. Doheney, you are practically on the sand, but there are no hookups.

Other state beach campgrounds where you can get an excellent view of the ocean, depending on the site, are Carpenteria, El Capitan, Refugio, San Clemente, Crystal Cove, South Carlsbad, and San Elijo to name a few. I have stayed at all of these, and they are all nice campgrounds. Some have no hookups, some have partial and some have full hookups. Obviously, the size of your RV will make a difference as well on whether you can find a spot or not. These are not on the sand, but mostly on bluffs overlooking the ocean.

For reservations, try ReserveAmerica. If you look for spots in San Diego, Newport Beach and Santa Barbara all of these campgrounds will appear on the list.

For general info, park brochures and campground maps, go to https://www.parks.ca.gov/ParkIndex and look for any of these parks/campgrounds by name.
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Thank you everyone who has responded.
Great info, some I had and was aware of others new info. Hoping for that "hidden gem" I guess. Seems long range planning is key, very few had any openings Oct-Nov 2016 so off I go to plan 2017.
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Yep, beach sites get reserved year round since you can camp year round. There is no off-season for beach campsites.
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