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Beach Stays on California Coast

We like to go to Southern CA beaches but it is next to impossible to get a camp site at the state campgrounds and very expensive to stay in private ones. We tried Wal-Marts but none of them allow overnight stays. I am tired of getting woke up with a knock on the you know of any places to stay overnight, we come in late (usually about 8-9 pm) and leave early (6 am) in Orange County, specially Dana Point area.


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Jul 14, 2012
California Coast Camping
by: Marianne (moderator)

Having just traveled the California Coast ourselves, we found the same thing - it's difficult to get a campsite even when you are willing to pay the ridiculous rates. And, in peak season (which is pretty well year-round), most sites are reservable, making traveling without reservations an additional challenge.

We did it last year, in June/July. We didn't attempt to cover the Dana Point area but, over the course of two weeks, made our way slowly up the coast from Los Angeles to Fort Bragg. We managed to find camping every night and our total camping cost for 14 days was $230.00 - less than half the State Parks' fees which are $35.00 per night.

While we found very little free boondocking, we did spend a few free nights, figured out which campgrounds have the best rates, and all the locations where we could get a site without a reservation.

All the details are in my ebook: California Boondocking - The Sierra Nevada Mountains and Coast. More information here:

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