This is a convenient campground being so close to the city, but being so close also means many homeless people in the area. The campground is nicely located within walkng of the beach and offers the services you typically find. I was dismayed at the number of homeless people wandering through the campground and was not comfortable leaving my gear alone very long. It was loud at night with the campo host off-duty. Law enforcement came late at night to remove homeless. Paid $25 for hike and bike.
Great location and nice and quiet, for the most part. Down side is most of the campsites are on the smaller side.
If beach access while camping is your thing, this campground may be the ticket. Tucked behind the dunes (and you definitely want a site next to the dunes!), sites are not entirely on top of each other (but avoid the two middle rows if you want a little breathing room), and all have decent access to the clean bathhouses. There is a nice trail that goes around the outer edge of the campground through the dunes out to Hwy 1 and on to Pismo Beach. It also connects to the Monarch Butterfly Grove on the other side of the creek. Each campsite has the usual picnic table and fire ring. Go buy your firewood from the camp hosts, it’s a big no-no yo gather firewood in the park. I was also warned about locking up my car with valuables hidden; apparently there have been some thefts from cars in the campground in past years (the hosts said it hadn’t happened in a while, but rangers are of the belief of using an ounce of prevention). The best sites are 20,22, 24, 25, 27, 29, and 31 if you want to be next to the dunes and have good beach access.
Jeep Beach West event. Inexpensive to camp on the sand. Have a 4WD vehicle or you will get stuck. Easy on and off the beach. Gorgeous sunsets.
State beach campground that is within the sounds of the Pacific ocean waves. Just a short walk from each site to the water. Many sites are pull through. Each has paved parking, fire ring and picnic table.