Beautiful view of the ocean with access stairways. The sandy shore is littered with rocks washed out from the hillside. We watched surfers and played in the waves until the kids tired out. Fires are permitted and firewood available onsite. The breeze kept the bugs and beach heat at bay. Bathrooms were fairly clean and non-pottable water spickets also available for rinsing after the beach visit. It was our first time camping beachside and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Only drawback is tents and campers were intertwined so you might hear generators running outside of quiet hours.
Come early! There were a dozen people already in line when we arrived at 4:30a. These are shared sites meaning there are 6 people assigned per site to share a fire ring and it was $8 per person per night. Fires are regulated and strictly enforced- no fires 10p to 5a. The rangers will site you if you leave trash or food out unattended. There are reasons for the bear proof boxes provided and they take their bear safety seriously, which is appreciated. The ground squirrels were begging by day and racoons by night so it is keep loose items stored. There are no showers onsite but you can find some at neighboring campgrounds. We recommend the Green Dragon trolly tour. We got to hit all of the POI's while learning some history in 2.5 hrs or so. We saw plenty of deer along the way and slowed for all the best photos. Rangers offered coffee in the mornings by the Raffi Memorial Boulder across from the bathroom. We had a great site with access to an open area for some frisbee or just taking in the view. This is a park then walk-in campground so be prepared to walk a few hundred feet to your tent site…well worth it for the view up El Capitan from our site and Yosemite falls view from parking area.
We are a family of 4, our boys are 11 and 8. We spent 2 nights Tent Camping in June for Father's Day Weekend. The showerhouse was cleaned twice daily and the shower stalls were VERY roomy. The facility offered tons of activities for the kids and they wore themselves out daily to the point of falling asleep while eating dinner. They made lots of friends and proclaimed it the best part (Well, tied with Legoland) of our 18 day trip over camping on the pacific coast, Yosemite Valley and Grand Canyon. The staff was very kind and pleasant. They were always offering to take an all-inclusive family photo when they were happening by. The trail up the mountain offers some lovely views for some photo ops…there was a pretty beautiful view from our campsite too♡.