Northern California has hundreds of miles of coastal heaven. A sandy beach and a good book might just be what the doctor ordered. But, what if you could read that book while you spent the night on said beach? Those places exist. Be lulled to sleep by the crashing waves and wake up just in time to catch the first rays of sunlight. Here’s some of our favorites.
1. Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground
14441 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino
What makes this park lovely is that it's right across the street from the beach. The RV area is separated from tent campers by an adorable creek. Dog friendly!
2. Clam Beach State Campground
Clam Beach Dr, McKinleyville
Anyone else want to climb into this photo? Bring your honey here for some extra brownie points. One source had this to say, "Great for beach combing. Cranes, ravens and crows all around. Loved it."
3. Wright's Beach Campground
7095 California 1, Bodega Bay
Prime sites right on the beach. But, these go fast so book ahead! The dark sandy beach make for a lovely place to explore but the water here is treacherous. Be careful!
4. Anchor Bay Campground
35400 S Hwy 1Gualala
Great beach. Stunning Views. Clean Restrooms. Stocked store. Bring along the kids, you'll make memories here for sure.
5. Doran Campground
201 Doran Beach Rd, Bodega Bay
We're pretty blessed to be able to hang out at the beach. So many other states are landlocked and have no opportunity. This is one campsite that gets alot of love. People come from all over to enjoy a campsite on the beach. Dog friendly--but PLEASE keep your hairy friend on a leash. Not everyone loves dogs like you and I do.
6. North Beach Campground
399 S Dolliver St. Pismo Beach>
We're claiming this place as ours for a hot second. This was what one camper said, "The campground has sites for both RVs and tents. We tend to stay on the dune side to get as close to the beach as possible. There are several trails lead to the beach as well as the Monarch Butterfly Grove next door. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit." Yes, we'll be right over!
7. Manchester Beach KOA
44300 Kinney RdManchester
Two words --Mendocino Coastline. Take the family here for the time of their lives. Horseback riding? Um, yes, please. I'm all in. I mean this is the stuff Hollywood films or their movies. Who wouldn't want to go here?
8. Westport Beach RV Park & Campgrounds
Edit37700 N Hwy 1Westport
Serene and simply beautiful. Both RV and tent camping available. The showers are hot and the rocks are easy to climb. Lots of wind for those kite-flying kids of yours. Bring the family and make precious memories here.
9. Bodega Dunes Campground
Sonoma Coast SPBodega Bay
What makes this spot great besides the obvious --is that not a lot of folks find their way here. Which makes it a little more secluded. A bonus here are the clean restrooms and HOT WATER showers.
10. Francis Beach Campground
Francis BeachHalf Moon Bay
A mere $7 for the hike and bike campground. Half Moon Bay is one of my fav places. Waking up to the roar of the waves and a foggy morning with a hot cup of coffee---perfection. Head out here for the Pumpkin Festival the 2nd week in October. A great thing!
11. Sunset State Beach
201 Sunset Beach RdWatsonville
Okay, before you start shouting about NOT being in Norcal, remember, ALOT of us drive back up from Southern California. Which means we need a cool place to stop BEFORE we get home. This is the place!
12. Wildcat Camp - Point Reyes Seashore
1 Bear Valley RdPoint Reyes Station
A lovely spot for the hiking enthusiast and beach lover. One happy camper said this, "Super cool campground and definitely great for beginner backpackers since the trail is very well marked and you have a vault toilet and potable water there. Also can't deny the location, you really are a couple minute walk down to the beach. And yes there are wild animals that roam around here (we saw bobcat, deer, coyote, and tons of quails)." Sounds great to me!
It’s always a sweet time to head to the beach. But, staying overnight? Yeah, that’s epic.