Central Coast Camping Overview
Campgrounds on the Central Coast number in the hundreds. Find Central Coast beach camping from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara with conveniences like flush toilets and showers, as well as popular and unique campgrounds to help you narrow the choice. These include National Parks, State Parks, State Beaches, National Forests, State Forests, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Central Coast camping varies from beach camping in Monterey, Pismo Beach or El Capitan to a campground by the lake at Lake Nacimiento, Lopez Lake or Lake Cachuma. Central Coast campgrounds of notable interest include the campsites situated track side at Laguna Seca Raceway and the canoe-in campsites at Santa Margarita Lake. We've included as much detail as possible so you have a better idea of what to expect and whether camping reservations are required in advance.
PETS: Dogs are allowed at almost all campgrounds but must be kept on a leash, picked up after, and never left unattended. Most beach camping allows dogs in the campground but not on the beach.
CAMPING CHECKLIST - download our checklist of common camping supplies and you won't forget anything at home.
REI - rents camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns and more.
Looking for some late night campsite entertainment? Check out www.seasky.org for their celestial calendar including meteor showers.