Camping In Southern California

Beach Tent And RV Campsites
In Southern California!

Family camping in Southern California: Top campsites for tent or RV’s by the beach, lake or coast, even best dog friendly camping beaches in Southern California, thats what this page is all about.

Whether you like beach camping, RV camping or tent camping, there are lots of camping sites and campgrounds for a Southern California coast, family camping trip adventure.

Looking for a California camping lake? Southern California has plenty of lakes for camping, fishing and boating.

Camping in Southern California

Camping Southern California Style

Southern California Beach Camping

Camping In Southern California

Beach Camping Site

Camping by the beach is the most popular place for camping in Southern California. Many state park campgrounds accept reservations. During the summer months, especially during weekends and major holidays, you must have reservations, in order to be sure of a camping spot being available.

Many parks offer hook ups for RV’s, flush toilets and hot showers. All state parks charge a fee.

Best Campsites In Southern California

Camping In Southern California

Southern California Campsite On A Bluff

The California State Parks and Recreation areas have some of the most scenic and recreation oriented campgrounds in Southern California.

Campgrounds run by the counties often offer first rate sites in beautiful scenic areas that are off the beaten path. Click on the link for a list of the best campgrounds.

Camping Reservations In Southern California

Most public campgrounds do not accept reservations and operate as first come serve campgrounds in Southern California.

But it’s a good idea to make reservation whenever possible, as beach and parks, both national and state, fill up quickly, during summer and holidays. Reserve early, minimum one week in advance.For reservable campgrounds go to (there is a $7.50 reservation fee).

Tent camping is the cheapest and most popular way of camping and most campgrounds are set up for tent camping, many with picnic tables at each campsite spot. Hot showers and flush toilets are the norm at the state park campgrounds.

Camping With Pets

In most campgrounds that allow pets, they must be confined or leashed. The county, state and national parks do not allow dogs on hiking trails or on the beach. many public campgrounds charge a fee for pets, about $1 to $3 per night.

Camping In San Diego

Some of Californias finest beach campgrounds are in San Diego County. My Favorite, Mission Bay Park, offers some of the best water recreation and more, as well as two huge campgrounds, and 27 miles of sandy beaches. Not to mention it’s next door to the San Diego Sea World.

Catalina Island Camping

Santa Catalina Island has six geat and very unique campsites. Camping on the island is tranquil, and lets you get to know Catalinas unique environment and rugged scenic beauty.

Santa Barbara Camping

The City of Santa Barbara is probably the most charming and livable city in Southern California, and I agree totally. I just love this town and area. Luckily, Santa Barbara county is home to ten fabulous campgounds. Some are great for beach camping, and some are for tent camping only. They even have a couple of secluded campsites.

San Clemente Camping

The San Clemente State Beach is one of my favorite places for camping in Southern California. It’s a small campground with only four tent sites and three RV hook ups. Restrooms with showers and adjacent parking is available. You will like this campsite!

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