Campgrounds near Monterey Bay, California

Campgrounds near Monterey Bay, California
The Monterey Bay, on the central California coast, attracts marine enthusiasts and watersports aficionados. The bay stretches between Point Lobos Natural Reserve through Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, Marina, and up to Santa Cruz. Surfers can ride the breaks off Santa Cruz, and scuba divers can find a number of kelp beds teeming with underwater marine life. Point Lobos offers whale watching, sea-kayaking, hiking, trail-running and bird-watching. Mountain bikers will find opportunities in the Monterey Bay region in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There are several campgrounds in the region.

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA

The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA has sites for tent campers and RVs. Tent sites have access to fresh water for drinking and cooking. RV sites can accommodate most RVs and have 30- and 50-amp electric, water, sewer, cable TV and Wi-Fi hookups. Bathrooms and showers are on the grounds for guest use. Bonny Doon Beach, Capitola City Beach,and Cowell Beach are just a few of the beaches near the KOA. Surfers can take advantage of the many breaks in the region of the northern Monterey Bay.

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA
1186 San Andreas Road
La Selva Beach, CA 95076
(831) 722-0551


New Brighton State Beach

New Brighton State Beach's RV and tent campground is on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay. RVs will need to have self-contained grey-water holding systems as there no sewer hookups. There are sites with water hookups and limited electric. Visitors should check with the rangers to see about electric availability. Swimming, fishing, surfing and hiking are available pusuits at New Brighton State Beach. Pets must be leashed and are not allowed on the beach. Reservations can be made online at

New Brighton State Beach
1500 Park Avenue
Capitola, CA‎
(831) 464-6330‎

City of Monterey - Veteran's Memorial Park

The city of Monterey offers campsites for RVs and tent campers at the Veteran's Memorial Park. RVs are limited to 21 feet in length. Each site, RV and tent, has a picnic table and fire-ring. Three consecutive days is the maximum allowed stay. Pets are allowed. There are bathrooms and showers available to guests. There are hiking trails and walking trails in Veteran's Memorial Park. Visitors are within 10 minutes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where they can learn about the water's wildlife and ecology. Surfers can enjoy the breaks, and sea-kayakers can put in at Monterey Harbor and paddle with pelicans, sea otters and harbor seals.

City of Monterey - Veteran's Memorial Park
Via Del Rey & Johnson St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3865‎


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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