Ventura, California Campgrounds

Ventura, California Campgrounds
With miles of sandy beaches, the Santa Monica mountains nearby and waves and breaks up and down the coast, Ventura, California, has many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The Santa Monica Mountains are outside the city to the east, and visitors to the mountains will find numerous trails for mountain biking, hiking and backpacking in the Chaparral ecosystem. Sea-kayakers can put-in at the harbor and paddle the coast, taking time to tide-pool for invertebrates and keeping an eye out for dolphins. Ventura and surrounding region offers several options for campgrounds.

Ventura Beach RV Resort

Ventura Beach RV Resort is in the heart of downtown Ventura and has sites for tent campers and RVs. Tent sites are intermingled with RV sites and have tables for food prep and dining and fire rings. Firewood is available at the campground. RV sites have 30- or 50-amp electric, water, sewer and options for cable TV and Wi-Fi. Guests may use the showers and bathrooms, and pets are allowed. Whale-watching charters can be booked in Ventura harbor during the grey whale migration, which takes place between December and March. The Channel Islands have scuba diving sites for those seeking underwater adventure.

Ventura Beach RV Resort
800 W. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-9137
venturabeachrvpark.com

Emma Wood State Beach

Emma Wood State Beach has camping for tents and self-contained RVs. The North Beach campground is open for campers. The California State Beaches do not permit glass bottles or containers on the beach. Pets are not allowed on the beach at Emma Wood unless leashed and in the proper zone. Visitors should check for updated rules regarding areas where pets are allowed. There are fire rings at campsites and picnic areas are on the grounds. Surfers can take advantage of the early morning breaks. Surf-fishing is available at the beach, and hikers can walk the long stretch of beach at low tide and observe numerous star-fish and invertebrates in the tide pools.

Emma Wood State Beach
Pacific Coast Highway
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 648-4807‎
parks.ca.gov/?page_id=604

Faria Beach Park

The Faria Beach Park is off Highway 101 and has sites for tents and RVs. There are areas for picnics and prepping surf gear or just relaxing in the sun. RVs should be self-contained as there are no sewer hookups. There are toilets and showers available for visitors to the beach. Guests should take care to not bring glass containers to the beach as they are forbidden. Pets are allowed, but guests need to check the sign posts on current restrictions or rules regarding ares for pet recreation. There is surfing right from the beach, as well as sea-kayaking, swimming, boogie-boarding and fishing.

4350 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Ventura, CA
(805) 654-3951
portal.countyofventura.org/portal/page?_pageid=829,1103593&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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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