RV Camping on the Beach in California

RV Camping on the Beach in California
California's beaches are as diverse as the people who live in the Golden State. Sugar-sand beaches line the coast near San Diego, offering surfing and boogie-boarding. The central coast has rocky breaks, and bays ripe with wildlife such as sea otters, elephant seals and pelicans. Sea-kayaking and scuba-diving opportunities abound from Big Sur to Monterey Bay. Northern California has beaches surrounded by rocky half-moon cliffs and are home to elephant seal rookeries and sea-bird colonies. RV travelers have many options for parks and campgrounds along California's beaches.

Chula Vista RV Resort

Chula Vista RV Resort enjoys a beachside location just north of San Diego. RVs of most sizes can be handled at Chula Vista. The resort has a swimming pool, hot tub, fitness room, laundry facility, bathrooms and showers. Pets are welcome. Surfing, snorkeling, boogie-boarding and swimming can be done from the resort. The beaches of the area have white sand and frequently have harbor seals and wild dolphin swimming in the waters near them. Visitors can also head inland to the famous San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.

Chula Vista RV Resort
460 Sandpiper Way
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 422-0111


Marina Dunes RV Park

Heading up the coast from San Diego and Southern California is the Marina Dunes RV Park. The park is located on the southern part of Monterey Bay. Guests staying at Marina Dunes can hike the dunes at the beach, sea kayak the bay, hire whale-watching charters (the grey whale migration takes place between December and March each year) or go inland to find hiking trails at Point Lobos State Preserve to the south. The RV Park can accommodate large and small RVs. Site hookups include 30- or 50-amp electric, water and sewer connections. Pets are allowed. After a full day of exploring and playing, guests can wash off at the hot showers on the premises. Bathrooms, picnic tables and fire rings are on the property.

Marina Dunes RV Park
3330 Dunes Drive
Marina CA 93933
(831) 384-6914

Pillar Point RV Park

Going even further north up the California coast is the Pillar Point RV Park. The park is in Half Moon Bay and abuts a popular beach for surfing. Fishing and whale-watching charters can be hired out of the harbor. Scuba diving can be found in the region, with guides or self-guided. Ano Nuevo State Park is down the coast about 1 1/2 hours away. Ano Nuevo has an elephant seal rookery visitors can hike to with rangers. The RV park has showers, bathrooms, a guesthouse, laundry and picnic facilities for guests to use. Most RV sizes can be accommodated and sites come with 30- or 50-amp electric, water and sewer connections. Pets are welcome at Pillar Point.

Pillar Point RV Park
4000 Cabrillo Hwy.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712-9277


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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