Located on the scenic California Coast, approximately 80 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, and 180 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Pismo Beach camping is a seaside recreation destination for beach goers, wine drinkers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Sun lovers will find miles of white, sandy shoreline for soaking up the California rays, tossing frisbees, riding the waves, or just taking a leisurely sunset stroll.
Digging for Pismo Clams is a popular—and tasty—surfside activity. Daily clamming permits are available at several local businesses. Grape connoisseurs will find an attractive selection of waterfront venues pairing fresh cuisine with artisanal vino from historic vineyards in Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande, and the Santa Rita Hills. For more outdoor fun, there’s ATV and horseback riding at Oceano Dunes, bicycling along the beachfront, and golfing at several premier local courses. In winter, don’t miss the Monarch Butterfly Grove, just south of town, where thousands of butterflies take shelter during their annual migration.
For taking advantage of all the relaxation and recreation that Pismo Beach Campground has to offer, the North Beach Campground is located right at the edge of town, and within walking distance of the waterfront. The campground offers more than 100 drive-in tent and RV campsites; some sites are ADA accessible. Sites are mostly open and grassy and are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings with grills. RV hookups are not available at this location; max vehicle/trailer length is 36 feet. The campground features flush restrooms, showers, and an outdoor amphitheater that hosts junior ranger and campfire programs. Trails in the campground lead to the beach, explore the nearby Carpenter Creek, and lead to the Monarch Butterfly Grove. Surf fishing is permitted on the beach, and freshwater fishing is permitted in nearby Oceano Lagoon; valid fishing license required for both. Dogs are permitted in the campground, but must remain leashed, and must be confined to a tent or vehicle overnight. Camping is available year-round; sites are $35/night; reservations recommended.
This place is rad. You can stay here until 11pm if you don't have a camp reservation. You can also rent ATV to ride at the dunes which is super fun
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.